In the news: 2023/24 theatre season, diversions in Casino Square and changes to public buildings

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Monaco Life brings you the latest community and government news, including a top literary prize linked to Prince Pierre and the renaming of Monaco’s Lycée Technique et Hôtelier in honour of Prince Rainier III.

Théâtre Princesse Grace unveils 2023/24 programme 

At the end of June, the Théâtre Princesse Grace revealed a programme featuring more than 30 shows that begins on 26th September with Molière’s Le Misanthrope (also known as the Cantankerous Lover in English). While the vast majority of the performances will be in French, there will be a bilingual English-French one-man show by Paul Taylor on 6th December. In a second nod to the theatre’s foreign language patrons, an Italian production written by Margaret Mazzantini called Zorro: Un eremita sul marciapiede will take place on 13th April next year.  

Theatre subscriptions for the 2023/24 season will be available from 10th July. Individual seats can be reserved from 4th September. For more information on the theatre and its upcoming programme, please click here.   

The 2023/24 Théâtre Princesse Grace programme was released in late June. Photo credit: TPG

Discovery Grant shortlisted entries announced 

During an event held at the Médiathèque de Monaco on 29th June, the Literary Council of the Prince Pierre Foundation – the Conseil Littéraire de la Fondation Prince Pierre – presented the works it had selected as in the running for the 2023 Bourse de la Découverte. It is a prize that rewards a first-time-published French-speaking author. The list of novels shortlisted can be found here. 

Each of the authors is expected to attend an event at the multi-media library on 9th October ahead of the awards ceremony the following day at the Salle Garnier. Their novels can be found in libraries in Monaco and the surrounding area. 

The list of authors in the running for this year’s Bourse de la Découverte has been announced. Photo credit: Stéphane Danna / Monaco Communications Department

The Lycée Technique et Hôtelier renamed  

Monaco’s vocational and catering school, the Lycée Technique et Hôtelier, has been renamed in honour of Prince Rainier III as part of wider celebrations and commemorations that mark the centenary year of the birth of the late sovereign.  

A ceremony that was well-attended by the Monegasque Princely family and government officials was held on 1st July to officially unveil the new name of the establishment – Lycée Rainier III – as well as a bust of the Prince by sculptor Kees Verkade.  

The school, which welcomes aspiring young people from the Principality and neighbouring regions in France and Italy, was opened by Prince Albert II in 2013.  

Members of the Princely family and government officials gather in front of the newly renamed Lycée Rainier III. Photo credit: Frédéric Nebinger / Monaco Communications Department

Monaco’s Child and Family Services department has moved 

The Service Petite Enfance et Familles has moved into a new and dedicated space within the Foyer Sainte-Dévote on 3 Rue Philibert Florence. The family-focused department and its team are available in person from 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays. The email address and telephone numbers remain the same: +377 93 15 61 80 and  

Diversions due to F(ê)aites de la Danse from Thursday 

In light of the weekend-long F(ê)aites de la Danse festival that is set to take over Casino Square for 24 hours from 12pm on Saturday 8th July, there will be some disruptions to road traffic and parking in the central Monte-Carlo district.  

All parking and traffic will be prohibited along the Avenue de Monte-Carlo and in Casino Square from Thursday 6th at 8pm until Friday 7th July at 2am. Access will then be reopened until 8pm on the Friday evening, when it will close again until 2am on Saturday 8th July. From 3pm on the Saturday until 9am on the morning of Sunday 9th July, the same restrictions will be imposed on motorists. Those heading in the direction of the Casino from Avenue des Spéluges will be diverted via the Avenue de la Madone and vice versa. Those with a subscription to the Casino car park will be unaffected.  

Read more about the festival here


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Photo credit: Frédéric Nebinger / Monaco Communications Department