What’s happening on Avenue Prince Pierre in Monaco?

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Ahead of a new building project, there will be some considerable disruptions to road and pedestrian traffic on Avenue Prince Pierre from September. Here’s what to expect.  

Monaco’s State Services have put out an advanced notice on the disruptions to the flow of traffic along Avenue Prince Pierre, the major road leading up from Place d’Armes towards the Lycée Rainier III, due to the commencement of a future private real estate project in the area.  

The site, located between 2 and 8 Avenue Prince Pierre, will be affected from Monday 4th September to Friday 22nd December. Via a communiqué, the government has sought to reassure residents and those passing through the neighbourhood that “the flow of pedestrians and vehicles will be maintained throughout the duration of the construction site on the major axes”, adding that some deviations, however, should be expected according to the different phases of the project.   


From Monday 4th to Friday 22nd September, expect road closures from 9am to 4pm on Route de la Turbie. Access to the Agaves carpark will be possible via Rue Augustin Vento and Rue Auréglia. Deliveries to businesses can be made outside of these hours and should be scheduled ahead of time.  

From Monday 25th September to Friday 22nd December, all parking will temporarily be suspended on the streets adjacent to the site. One traffic lane towards the top of Rue Grimaldi, a portion of the Place d’Armes roundabout and a lane on Avenue Prince Pierre will also be closed. The parking nearby on Rue du Rocher will be unaffected.  

As of Monday 4th September, and for the duration of the works, Boulevard Charles III will be open to traffic in both directions between the Place d’Armes roundabout and the Place du Canton to compensate for the closures on Avenue Prince Pierre.  


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St. John’s Jazz: New concert series starting at Anglican Church Menton

September sees the start of a new bi-monthly music programme at St. John’s Church in Menton.

St. John’s Jazz will start the season on Friday 8th September, to be followed by a concert of classical music on Friday 22nd September.

The first in the series of classical concerts – ‘D’un Festival à l’Autre, Les Musicales de Menton’ – will be a recital entitled ‘O Solitude’, presenting the countertenor Benoit Dumon accompanying himself on the harpsichord and featuring works by Prucell, Charpentier and Monteverdi.

Benoit is the titular organist and Kapellmeister of Gap Cathedral and has made several critically acclaimed recordings.

His first organ album ‘Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland’ was awarded the Prix Pierre Barbizet by the Academy of Marseille.

The concerts will be held between 6.30pm and 7.30pm and will be followed by refreshments in the library. Entry is €15 adults/€7.50 students on 8th September, and €20 adults/€10 students on 22nd September.


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Football: Folarin Balogun joins Monaco from Arsenal in big-money move

Folarin Balogun being presented as an AS Monaco player

AS Monaco have secured the signing of USMNT striker Folarin Balogun, who joins the Principality club from Arsenal in a deal that could ultimately be worth up to €40m.

Monaco’s pursuit of Balogun has lasted almost all summer. The club have been in the market for attacking reinforcements, especially since Breel Embolo’s serious ACL injury and Kevin Volland’s departure.

The USMNT international, who represented England at youth level, scored 21 goals in 37 Ligue 1 games last season whilst on loan at Stade de Reims. However, upon his return to parent club Arsenal, it became quickly evident that Balogun wasn’t going to feature in Mikel Arteta’s plans.

An exciting addition to a free-flowing attack

He has therefore returned to the French top flight, with Monaco paying €30m up front with bonuses potentially making the deal ultimately worth €40m.

Balogun’s arrival will add to Monaco’s attacking arsenal. Adi Hütter’s side have been in scintillating goal-scoring form so far this season, scoring 10 goals in their opening three Ligue 1 games. Hütter, and the team, will be hoping for Balogun to hit the ground running and add to this impressive record given his experience at the top end of the French leagues.

Balogun has signed a five-year deal with Les Monégasques, tying him to the Principality club until 2028.


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Last chance to catch these fantastic summer events in Monaco

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All good things must come to an end, even summer and its accompanying roster of special events in the Principality of Monaco.  

Now is your last chance to catch the top-quality shows and attractions that have punctuated the summer season. Here’s a list of a few of our favourites.  


One of summer’s greatest pleasures is al fresco everything, but complemented by cinema? What could be a better way of keeping up with the current blockbusters. 

Monaco’s outdoor movie theatre has been screening the biggest films from the summer, as well as some classic favourites all summer long, but as the season ends, so too does the programming. There are still a few days enjoy this seasonal experience, but the shows only go on until 3rd September, so make a date, grab the popcorn and head to the movies! 


Arguably the most celebrated show of the summer, Monet en Pleine Lumière at the Grimaldi Forum follows the artist’s life on the Riviera through some 100 iconic artworks. The pieces were gathered from collections all over the world, some never having been publicly displayed, and together give a wonderful perspective on how his time in the region shaped his art. The show is scheduled to run only until 3rd September. 


This Galerie des Pêcheurs-hosted exhibit featuring a selection of images from the oceans and seas offers insight into the wonder, beauty and fragility of the undersea world. Put on by the Monaco Department of the Environment, Olivier Jude and Sylvie Laurent, it highlights the marine environment in a fascinating way. The exhibition ends 31st August, so time is of the essence to catch this show before it ends.  


Lovers of Jane Gemayel’s expressive works that “push the boundaries of art and inspire deep emotions” only have until 23rd September to visit the Galerie Adriano Ribolzi to see her unique blend of contemporary and traditional pieces up close and personal. 


A dozen artists present works on the theme of femininity and the power of feminine beauty at this Espace 22-hosted exhibit. The show ends on 12th September, but there are two more chances to attend vernissages on 31st August and 7th September.  


Fans of the visually stimulating George Condo have a little bit longer to catch his exhibit, Humanoids, at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, which will come to an end on 1st October. Nevertheless, make sure this one is down in your diary for sometime in September. It’s really something to see!


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MYS set-up to disrupt traffic, pedestrian flows from early September

As the Principality winds down from the summer tourism rush in early September, the push will be on to get Port Hercule ready to host the most prestigious boat event in the world, the Monaco Yacht Show, which is also due to draw in huge crowds.

This year, the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) will be held from Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th September. The event attracts a lot of people to the Principality, and with that comes a significant amount of money for the local economy.

Taking over the entire Port Hercule, a number of weeks’ worth of work is necessary to host the enormous event. As a result, the main areas to be impacted by installation works from Saturday 2nd September is Quai des Etats-Unis/Avenue J.F. Kennedy, and la Route de la Piscine and Quai Antoine 1er from 11th September, as well as various quays of the port.

Parking bans will be in place as as well as restrictions and diversions for vehicle and pedestrian traffic, sometimes with total shutdowns over a few days.

“However, constantly improving each year thanks to sustained consultation between State Services and the organisers, measures will be put in place to streamline traffic during peak hours,” said the government in a statement. “Occasional easing of restrictions will allow school children to be dropped off nearby and the implementation of temporary traffic patterns will facilitate deliveries.”

Two two-wheeled parking spaces will also be created on Quai Antoine 1 from 11th September on avenue de la Quarantaine and within the La Digue Public Car Park.

The spaces will gradually be returned to the public from 1st October for a return to normal from 12th October.

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Sailing: Maralpine boats sailing along the Riviera

Les Voiles Maralpines

Les Voiles Maralpines, traditional boats of the Riviera, are sailing up and down the Côte d’Azur this week, participating in various events and regattas on this famous stretch of coast. 

The Yole de Villefranche association is organising the event, which extends from Villefranche-sur-Mer all the way to Cap d’Ail and the border of the Principality of Monaco. Various regattas are currently taking place in the bays of Beaulieu and Villefranche, and will continue to do so until 3rd September.

As well as the various regattas taking place along the coast, there will also be related events in Villefranche; activities linked to marine activities, boat visits and a parade are all on the itinerary at the Port Royal de le Darse.

What are Les Voiles Maralpines? 

The name Les Voiles Maralpines is inspired by the inhabitants of the Alpes-Maritimes, and has come to represent this heritage boat event that brings together old, traditional boats from across the region. As well as highlighting and promoting the old hulls that are part of the maritime history of this part of the Mediterranean, the event also allows for the passing down of ancestral sailing traditions, such as navigation methods that have been rendered irrelevant by modernity.

Les Voiles Maralpines, therefore, is an event that keeps tradition alive and celebrates the rich maritime heritage of the Côte d’Azur.

Please click here for the full programme of events.


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