Thursday 14, Friday 15, Friday 29, Saturday 30 December, 8.30 pm; Sunday 31 December, 7 pm and 10 pm, Théâtre des Muses Piano Rigoletto et Tutti Frutti (Piano Rigoletto and Tutti Frutti), a musical production by Alain Bernard, Jean-Claude Islert, and Pascal Légitimus featuring Alain Bernard Information: +377 97 98 10 93
Friday 15 to Sunday 17 December, Bay of Monaco Monaco 2K Team Race, organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco Information: +377 93 10 63 00
Saturday 16 December, 8 pm, Louis II Stadium – Gaston Médecin Omnisports Hall PRO A basketball championship: Monaco vs Antibes Information: +377 92 05 40 10
Saturday 16 December, 8.30 pm, Church of St. Devota Christmas concert by the Ensemble Orchestral et Choral des Alpes de la Mer with Silvano Rodi, organ, and Massimo La Guardia, tenor, conducted by Giulio Magnanini. Part of the In Tempore Organi 3rd International Organ Cycle Information: 06 83 58 06 38
Saturday 16 December, 8.30 pm, Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo Christmas ball. Auction and tombola in aid of the Princess Charlene Foundation, organised by Five Stars Events Information: +377 97 70 78 75
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December, 8 pm, Grimaldi Forum Monaco Viva Momix Forever – dance production by Moses Pendleton performed by Momix, organised by the Monaco Dance Forum Information: +377 97 70 65 20
Saturday 16 December, 8.30 pm and Sunday 17 December, 4.30 pm, Théâtre des Muses Dans la peau de Cyrano (In the Skin of Cyrano) – theatrical productions by and featuring Nicolas Devort Information: +377 97 98 10 93
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December, 10 am to 6 pm, Grimaldi Forum Monaco 1st International Minerals, Fossils, Gems, Precious Stones and Meteorites Fair Information: 06 51 03 39 78
Saturday 16 December 2017 to Sunday 11 March 2018, 10 am to 6 pm, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco – Villa Sauber Michel Blazy Information: +377 98 98 91 26
Sunday 17 December, Grimaldi Forum Monaco – Salle Camille Blanc Screening of Bob Fosse’s Cabaret, in collaboration with the Visual Archives of Monaco, organised by Monaco Dance Forum Information: +377 97 70 65 20
Sunday 17 December, 10.30 am, Port of Monaco U Giru de Natale (10 km circuit in Monaco), organised by the Police Sports Association of Monaco Information: 06 13 21 33 87
Sunday 17 December, 4 pm, Saint-Charles Church Christmas concert with the musicians of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Achim Fiedler. Haendel, Bach and Honegger Information: +377 98 06 28 28
Monday 18 December. 6.30 pm, Monaco Multimedia Library – Louis Notari Library Workshop on “Photographic distractions” by Adrien Rébaudo Information: +377 93 15 29 40
Monday 18 December, 7 pm, Saint Nicolas Church – Parish Hall Cine-Club: screening of La La Land, followed by a discussion Information: 06 80 86 21 93
Tuesday 19 December, 12.15 pm, Monaco Multimedia Library – José Notari Sound Library Picnic Music with Howe Gelb on the big screen Information: +377 93 30 64 48
Tuesday 19 December, 8.30 pm, Variety Theatre All the Art of the Cinema – Screening of Nicholas Ray’s film Rebel Without a Cause, organised by the Audiovisual Archives of Monaco Information: +377 97 98 43 26
Tuesday 19 December, 7.15 pm, Church of St. Devota Concert of early music by pupils of the Rainier III Academy. Free entry Information: +377 93 15 28 91
Tuesday 19 December, 8.30 pm, Louis II Stadium – Gaston Médecin Omnisports Hall Basketball Champions League match: Monaco vs Hapoel Information: +377 92 05 40 10
20 to 21 December, Variety Theatre 10th Scenography Colloquium, organised by Monaco Art School – Pavillon Bosio, on the theme “Inventors of Invention”. Open access Information: +377 93 30 18 39
Wednesday 20 December, Louis II Stadium French Ligue 1 Football Championship: Monaco vs Rennes Information: +377 92 05 74 73
Wednesday 20 December, 7.30 pm, Grimaldi Forum Monaco Lecture on “Seen from the Heart” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, organised by the Monacology Association and MC.5 Communication Information: 06 03 49 49 39
Wednesday 20 December to Saturday 6 January, Grimaldi Forum Monaco “Planet Ocean”: exhibition of photographs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, organised by the Monacology Association and MC.5 Communication Information: 06 03 49 49 39
Thursday 21 December, 6.30 pm, Open-air ice rink Aperitif concert featuring Outremer Information: +377 93 10 12 10
Thursday 21 December, 7.30 pm, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco Screening of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s film Human, organised by the Monacology Association and MC.5 Communication Information: 06 03 49 49 39
Thursday 21 December, 8.30 pm, Théâtre Princesse Grace Histoire(s) (Story/Stories) by and featuring Franck Ferrand Information: +377 93 25 32 27
Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy, was a guest Friday morning at a breakfast conference organised by the Junior Chamber Economic. Held at MonacoTech’s Zone F, the theme of the event was: "Pitch Time: Discover the startups of MonacoTech.” During his speech, Jean Castellini recalled the various stages of the creation and launch of MonacoTech, the government’s incubator and accelerator startup program, inaugurated on November 8 by Prince Albert and Xavier Niel. The Minister emphasised, "MonacoTech is at the same time a place ideally situated in Fontvieille, an exemplary cooperation between the State and Monaco Telecom, and dynamicly managed by a young Monegasque, Fabrice Marquet.” He added, “This structure is a wonderful means of communication to say innovation has a place in Monaco." Fabrice Marquet, Director of MonacoTech, then spoke of the many challenges, including having real innovative industrial projects, giving projects time to develop and creating a real community of entrepreneurs. This year, MonacoTech selected 15 startups – 10 incubators and 5 accelerators – out of 172 applications. Four of them were chosen to talk at the networking event to 80 members and friends of the Monaco Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCI) who were in attendance. Kee System, Wealth Management Solutions, started off the presentation, and was the only accelerator in the morning’s program. Surgisafe (Instant Detection Smart Cannula), Coraliotech (Coral Products Technology), and Teale (Data Driven Building Efficiency) also answered questions from the audience. Article first published December 15, 2017.
As part of a reflection on the conservation of artistic heritage and the relationship to time, the New National Museum of Monaco welcomes artist Michel Blazy to Villa Sauber. Born in Monaco, Michel Blazy has earned an international reputation thanks to his installations integrating living materials. Three living works of the 51-year-old will be exhibited until March 18, 2018 at 17 avenue Princesse Grace. Co-produced by the NMNM and the Government’s Cultural Affairs Department for the last edition of the Venice Biennale, Blazy’s Shoe Collection is a presentation of worn shoes, which serve to pot plants. A luminous frame encircles the sculpture and an irrigation process allows the plants to grow. Soft Nature, which was acquired by the NMNM in 2009, consists of vegetables and fruit stuck with flake glue on a tablecloth made of the same material. The work invites the public to follow the slow transformation and disappearance of components, like agar dishes. The third piece, the NMNM Collection’s Skin Animal, is made from cotton layered with chocolate dessert cream. Villa Sauber is open daily 10am-6pm. Admission: €6
After a day of flight cancellations, some good news out of Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport. EasyJet, the dominant carrier, which is serviced from Terminal 2, has announced four additional summer routes in 2018. Flights to Biarritz and Catania, Sicily, will launch on June 25 and end the season on August 31, with two flights from Nice each week. Flights to Tel Aviv will be available from June 5 until October 27, also twice a week, while Seville, with three weekly flights from March 31 until October 27. Last month, easyJet confirmed a new and 5th aircraft will be based in Nice from the spring of 2018. This new A320 will add 9 percent to the local capacity in seat capacity with nearly 200,000 additional seats. "The arrival of a fifth plane is part of the long-standing relationship we have with the people of Nice and our local partners, the main one being Nice Airport" said François Bacchetta, easyJet Director in France. In 2017, easyJet transported nearly 4 million people from and to Nice, consolidating its position as the platform's leading airline with a market share of 30.2% (versus 28.4% in 2016). The low-cost carrier aims to fly an additional 10 percent passengers next year, 2018.
According to the World Health Organisation, drowning “claims a life every 85 seconds” worldwide. Since its launch in December 2012, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation has been working to combat this affliction. HSH Princess Charlene said: "My Foundation is dedicated to saving lives. In the ‘Learn to Swim’ and ‘Water Safety’ programmes, my Foundation teaches school-age children swimming and water safety skills and trains bystanders in safety rescue and resuscitation.” The Princess, who hosted the Riviera Water Bike Challenge in June, added, “Sport has the power to inspire young people and transform lives. This is central to the ‘Sport and Education’ programme.” Some of the highlights over the last five years include the first ever swim programme in Agadir, Morocco, in 2013, the 2014 inauguration of the Centre de Sauvetage Aquatique de Monaco (CSAM – or Monaco Lifesaving Centre), the launch of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation USA in 2016 and, also that year, World First Aid Day in Switzerland. This year saw the start of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa, the wonderful Saint Devote Rugby Tournament and a visit to the municipal swimming pool Princess Charlene of Monaco in La Turbie. The first Prix Princesse Charlène de Monaco-Charity Mile at the Hippodrome in Cagnes-sur-Mer also took place this year.Under the leadership of Princess Charlene, the Foundation continues its mission relentlessly. Many projects will be developed in the near future notably in Japan, Australia and Burkina Faso with the inauguration of the Aquatic Rescue Centre. The Princess, who penned her first Op-Ed on June 16, 2017, to coincide with Day of the African Child, believes that “teaching children essential life-saving skills and the values of discipline, teamwork and respect for oneself and others will enable them to lead safe and fulfilling lives”. Over the five years, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation has developed a total of 149 projects in 33 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Fiji, France, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, USA, and Zimbabwe. The Foundation has not only taught thousands of children how to swim, but also raised awareness of the problem around the world.
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