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by Zsolt Szemerszky

Zsolt Szemerszky

Main events in Monaco

Main events in Monaco

Monaco is not just rich in tradition and history, but also exceptional in terms of its world-class events.

  • Formula E – Monaco ePrix
  • Formula 1 – Grand Prix de Monaco
  • Grand Prix de Monaco Historique
  • Monaco Yacht Show
  • Monte-Carlo Film Festival
  • Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean
  • Monte-Carlo Tennis Masters
  • Rose Ball
  • Top Marques Monaco
  • Top Marques Watches

Formula 1 – Grand Prix de Monaco

The Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco is a legendary Monégasque event hosting the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Real jewel of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco push every season the best drivers of the world beyond their limits. Pitiless for both men and cars remains the favourite meeting of all fan of motorsport.

The Monaco’s race is still exceptional because of its fabulous background drawn between the sea and the mountains and by its incomparable prestige. The Monegasque event brings together all the ingredients of an extraordinary Grand Prix: glamour, speed and above all exclusiveness.


Formula E – Monaco ePrix

The Monegasque race is the round six of the Formula E’s calendar. This series remains the only 100% electric single-seaters championship in the world.

Every second year the Principality of Monaco hosts the Formula E Monaco ePrix race.

This series remains the only 100% electric single-seater championship in the world, and Monaco has its very own race team called Venturi Formula E Team. (Since the Formula E is a genuine research laboratory for the car manufacturers.)

Formula E aims to promote clean mobility technologies, and it is the only championship in the world in which 100% electric cars compete against each other on a race track. The series is booming since its debut, and offers a sensational show to all the fans of motorsport.


Grand Prix de Monaco Historique

The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is a highly prestigious event in Monaco where most of the millionaires and billionaires gather.

During the two-and-a-half-day event, all competitors will share their passion for high-level motor racing with the thousands of fans.

Competitors race with pre and post-war cars, many of these cars are the most beautiful and most valuable sports cars of the era. The cars are not parked in a closed room, but involved in participating in re-creating the endless racing moments against their rivals of old times, when they all chased a win in the Principality of Monaco.

Monaco is a historic track, where 80% of the straight lines and turns are the same as it was in 1929, this same track is used every year for both the Historic Grand Prix and the glamorous Grand Prix of the Formula 1 World Championship.


Monaco Yacht Show

Each year in September, the yachting industry turns its focus exclusively to the Principality of Monaco. The Monaco Yacht Show is the premiere luxury yachting event worldwide, where visitors can discover the greatest aspects of superyachts against the glamorous backdrop of Monaco.

Set in the iconic Port Hercules, the Monaco Yacht Show curates the exhibition of over one-hundred extraordinary one-off superyachts built by the world’s leading shipyards, and the assessed value of the yachts showing at the Monaco Yacht Show is over 3 billion euro.

Monaco provides the ultimate showcase for industry influencers from the most reputable superyacht builders, award winning yacht designers, luxury suppliers, and influential brokerage houses, to the most sought-after water toys, prestige cars, helicopter and private jet manufacturers.

Overall, the Monaco Yacht Show welcomes more than five-hundred leading companies from the yachting and luxury industry.


Monte-Carlo Film Festival

The Monte-Carlo Television Festival known as Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo, is an international festival and competition focusing on productions for television, and founded in 1961 and based in Monaco.

By creating the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo in 1961, H.S.H. Prince Rainier III of Monaco, wished to “encourage a new art form, in the service of peace and understanding between men.” Monaco’s international status ideally suited The Prince’s ambition to recognize television as an exceptional means of bringing cultures together and enhancing their respective knowledge.

The best of worldwide television programming is rewarded with Golden Nymph statuettes, copies of the “Salmacis” Nymph by the Monégasque sculptor François Joseph Bosio (1768–1845), the original of which is on show at the Louvre Museum in Paris.


Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean

The Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean is linked to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Oscar winner actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio.

This event takes place during the Monaco Yacht Show in the presence of international artists and philanthropists committed to the protection of the oceans, which today are particularly threatened by human activity.

The Monte-Carlo Gala aims at meeting the challenge of sustainable oceans for the next generations and for our planet’s future.

On the program of this prestigious evening located on the Terraces of the Opera of Monaco is the red carpet, cocktail reception and dinner prepared by a Michelin-star Chef, and performances by international artists.


Monte-Carlo Tennis Masters

The Monte-Carlo Masters is an annual tennis tournament for male professional players held in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, a commune that borders on Monaco.

The Monte-Carlo Tennis Championship was first held in 1897, and it became an “open” event in 1969. From 1974 through to 1977, the tournament was part of the World Championship Tennis (WCT) circuit.

Currently the event is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000, in Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour. The tournament is played on clay courts and held every year in the April–May period.


Rose Ball

The Rose Ball also known as the Bal de la Rose is an annual event originally created by H.S.H. Princess Grace of Monaco in 1954. It is organized every year in March by the Monte-Carlo SBM Group in the prestigious Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Monte-Carlo.

This exceptional event brings together the elite and international high society for the first important social event of the year. For just one evening, it bathes the Principality in splendor and lights, plunging it in an ambience of radiance and festivity.

A radiant spectacle in a fabulous decor, the Rose Ball has a different theme each year showcasing different artists and new trends. Big names help organize the creative aspects of the event, bringing their talents to life on the stage in an almost dreamlike ambience to the delight of spectators.

Currently presided by H.S.H. The Sovereign Prince Albert II and H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover, the Rose Ball is a symbol of glamour that maintains the fascinating Monte-Carlo legend that it has helped create. The aura is such that it attracts many people who wish to be part of the dream and enchantment of Monaco.


Top Marques Monaco

The Top Marques Monaco is the world’s only live luxury automobile show that takes place annually. In the past years Top Marques Monaco was held in Spring, however from 2019 the date of the supercar show moved to the first week of June, just a week after the legendary Formula 1 – Grand Prix de Monaco.

More than 40,000 people visit the three-day long show where they discover the magical collection of world premier supercars, rare classic and vintage cars, and a number of revolutionary green vehicles.

However, the scintillating spectacle of color and opulence does not stop at the doors of the venue at the Grimaldi Forum, for the special guests of Top Marques such as potential buyers, journalists and VIP clients, guests will have the unique opportunity to take a live test drive with the hypercars on parts of Monaco’s famous Formula 1 Track.

The Top Marques Monaco event is mainly dedicated to car enthusiasts; however, it also features exhibitions by numerous purveyors of luxury aircraft, banking, yachting, footwear, handbag, jewellery, real estate and wine products.


Top Marques Watches

Every September, Top Marques also organize the special Top Marques Watches event held at the famous Hôtel Hermitage.

Overlooking the Mediterranean, the Hôtel Hermitage epitomizes a certain carefree elegance at the highest level. Built in the early 1900s, this historic luxury hotel offers an intimate and relaxed ambiance, a haven of peace in the heart of Monte-Carlo, and the perfect place for such an event dedicated to exclusive timepieces and bespoke jewellery.

Top Marques Watches is also under the High Patronage of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Furthermore, Top Marques Watches is also partnered with Monaco Disease Power, a Monégasque association that supports the families of children with physical disabilities or mental illness. A charity tombola and auction is held each year during the show to raise awareness and funds for the association.

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