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While the second wave of Coronavirus has forced most cultural institutions around the world to close their doors, Monaco wished to support culture.  In particular, the Principality has announced a campaign of special rates for shows and free admission to museums for its residents.

Although the health crisis has led the Principality of Monaco to introduce strict health measures – a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and the mandatory wearing of masks, in particular – it has not compromised the aim of the Prince’s Government to “maintain access to culture for the resident population in the Principality.”

With this in mind, the Department of Cultural Affairs is launching the “Culture and You in Monaco” campaign, in association with cultural entities in the Principality.  Throughout November 2020, the Grimaldi Forum, the Monte-Carlo Opera, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the Princess Grace Theatre and the Monaco Audiovisual Institute will be offering unsold tickets at a fixed price of 5 euros.

The programme and performance times are being adapted to enable residents to attend in accordance with the regulations in force.  Above all, this is an opportunity to see violinist Renaud Capuçon at the OPMC, the Rat Pack Company at the Grimaldi Forum, the Princess Grace Dance Academy’s “Les Imprévus” (“The Unexpected”) or the play “Une des dernières soirées de Carnaval” (“One of the Last Nights of Carnival”).

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At the Monte-Carlo Opera, performances of Carmen are even being offered free of charge to the local population, with previous bookings refunded.  As “the show must go on, because all our staff and all the artists are enthusiastic and because we have to do everything we can not to let anything drop,” explained the Director of the Opera, Jean-Louis Grinda. Bizet’s iconic opera, programmed as part of celebrations for the Monegasque National Day, has not been performed in the Principality for over 20 years …

Admission to museums and exhibition venues will also be free of charge throughout this campaign.

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