Thursday 15 February, 7 pm to 9 pm, Variety Theatre
Philosophical workshops on “The Violence of Words”, with Caroline Dayer, Anastasia Colosimo and Jacques de Saint-Victor, organised by the Philosophical Encounters of Monaco
Information: +377 93 25 32 27
Friday 16, Saturday 17 February, 8.30 pm, and Sunday 18 February, 4.30 pm, Théâtre des Muses
J’admire l’aisance avec laquelle tu prends des décisions catastrophiques (I Admire the Ease with Which You Take Disastrous Decisions), a contemporary social comedy by Jean-Pierre Brouillaud, featuring Mathilde Lebrequier and Renaud Danner
Information: +377 97 98 10 93
Sunday 18 February, 11 am, Monte-Carlo Opera – Salle Garnier
Grande Saison series: recital featuring Xavier de Maistre, harpist in residence, and Lucero Tena, castanets. The programme features I. Albéniz, Granados, M. Albéniz, Tárrega, De Falla, Lopez Chavarri, Malats, Lecuona, Guridi, Soler and Giménez
Sunday 18 February, 3 pm, Monte-Carlo Opera – Salle Garnier
Grande Saison series: concert by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Xavier de Maistre, who will also play the harp. The programme features Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz, Joseph Haydn, Johann David Hermann and Christoph Willibald Gluck
Information: +377 98 06 28 28
Tuesday 20 February, 8 pm (gala); Friday 23, Wednesday 28 February, 8 pm; Sunday 25 February, 3 pm, Monte-Carlo Opera – Salle Garnier
Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten with José Cura, Ann Petersen and Peter Sidhom, the Monte-Carlo Opera Chorus and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig. Directed by: José Cura. Organised by: Monte-Carlo Opera
Information: +377 98 06 28 28
Saturday 24 February, Grimaldi Forum Monaco
Monaco Anime Game International Conference (MAGIC) – manga, comics, contest, animation, video games and pop culture – organised by Shibuya Productions
Information: +377 99 99 30 00
26 February to 2 March, 9 am to 5 pm, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Introduction to the marine world course, to raise awareness among 8–12 year olds about protecting the oceans. The course will include a range of activities focused on the oceans and the creatures that live in them. Booking essential
Information: +377 93 15 36 00
Wednesday 31 January and Saturday 3 February, 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm, Théâtre des Muses
L’envol de la fourmi (The Flight of the Ant), a children’s production by and featuring Johanna Gallard
Information: +377 97 98 10 93
February, the month when Cupid’s bow is poised to strike hearts everywhere. His aim wasn’t looking quite so steady this time last year when my matchmaking colleagues asked me to take a “tricky” female client for a cocktail and a chat.
“It’ll be fine,” they said. “You’re both around the same age, both used to getting what you want, and both have apartments in Monaco. That’s a good place to start!”
The client, Katrina, a Scottish high-flyer in her indeterminate forties, had been married twice and chosen a career over children. She was running a TV station by the time she was 30 and the sale to one of the Murdoch group of companies had afforded her a choice of jobs. Actually, she found she was pretty good at making money, buying up a series of buildings that were to become posh student housing for rich parents sending their coddled offspring to British universities for the perfect “finishing-school” education.
I was delighted to spot Katrina as I walked into Buddha Bar. She had clearly taken my advice that “you can never be overdressed in Monte Carlo” and she was perched on a bar stool blinged up the ying-yang.
The first edition of the International Philanthropy Summit took place on Thursday, February 15, at Auditorium Rainier III.
Founded by Antropov Alexey, the event brought together some 60 people to hear distinguished philanthropists, who help “drive public attention to the social responsibility of wealthy individuals and luxury brands”.
The programming was divided into three sessions: How Private Wealth Can Fill Public Gaps: Charity, Philanthropy & Social Investment; What Are the Key Trends in Philanthropy?; and How Celebrities & Luxury Brands Work to Save Natural Resources and Improve the Livelihoods and Education of the Most Vulnerable and Unprotected People?
The distinguished list of international speakers included well-respected Monaco figures – the Director of the Prince Albert II Foundation Olivier Wenden, Luc Pettavino, Founder of OnlyWatch, the biennial charity auction of one-of-a-kind timepieces for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research, and Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannu, Founder of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, and the first Monaco resident to join the Giving Pledge, the “global, multi-generational initiative” that encourages the most affluent individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.
At the end of the day, three speakers were presented with awards, designed by Monaco-based artist Marcos Marin. The first trophy was given to Dr Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Founder of the Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society in Berlin, whose involvement with not-profit organisations for over 30 years has earned him acclaim as one of Germany's key philanthropists.
The second prize was awarded to Sir Stelios, whose Foundation is committed to supporting entrepreneurship with annual awards such as the Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK. The easyJet founder received a Knighthood for services to entrepreneurship, and since 2009 he has been the Honorary General Consul for the Republic of Cyprus in the Principality of Monaco.
Daniel Gros, Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, received the final award. Mr Gros, a frequent speaker at World Economic Forum, previously worked for the International Monetary Fund and was a former advisor to the French prime minister.
On Thursday, February 15, the Palace brightly displayed the colour orange, as special lights illuminated the building in a tribute International Childhood Cancer Day.
This was an initiative of the Monaco-based Fondation Flavien, which had gathered several hundred people at the Place du Palais for a symbolic march to raise awareness about paediatric cancers.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), every three minutes a child dies of cancer, but children have a signifcicantly higher surivival rate than adults, which in high-income countries reach an average of 84 percent.
The Fondation Flavien aims to help and support the fight against childhood cancers, rare diseases in children and the families affected by these types of diseases. This is done through research, preventive action, care and support for families as well as the medical profession. The Foundation therefore works hand in hand with the Scientific Center of Monaco – led by Professor Rampal, Scientific Director Denis German and Research Director, Gilles Pagès.
The most used therapeutic model in the treatment of childhood cancers combines surgery followed by chemotherapy and then conventional radiotherapy. In Nice, the technical platform will soon be equipped with a proton therapy device, only the second in France. This is a very precise radiotherapy that can irradiate the tumour by sparing the neighbouring organs to significantly reduce adverse effects.
However, the response of paediatric cancer cells to this type of therapy is still poorly understood and needs to be compared to conventional treatment in order to better appreciate the therapeutic benefits. Although the treatment permits stabilisation of the disease at first, relapses related to an ability to form blood and lymphatic vessels and high metabolic (energetic) activity of residual tumour cells can be observed. These mechanisms, already well known in adult tumours can be countered with new anti-cancer therapies, called "targeted therapies", not yet used in children for lack of studies and funding.
In 2015, IARC reported worldwide incidence of childhood cancer increased “from 165,000 new cases annually to 215,000 cases for children 14 years and younger” and 85,000 new cases for 15-19 year-olds.
Albert Croesi, Managing Director of Monaco Inter Expo (MIE), and Etienne Franzi, President of Compagnie Monégasque de Banque (CMB), signed a working partnership agreement on Thursday, February 15, in the presence of Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and HE Mireille Pettiti, President of MIE.
Convinced by the positive experience of the first partnership between MIE and CMB during the Astana EXPO-2017 Specialised Exhibition, the Monegasque bank wished to become more involved with the State Corporation to promote the influence of the Principality locally and beyond its borders.
"MIE is not only honoured by the confidence of the CMB, which becomes its official partner, but also proud to be associated with the image of excellence of this bank," said Mr Croesi.
MIE's mission is to promote the image of Monaco abroad and to organise events in the Principality, the first of which, entitled "Meeting of the Historic Grimaldi Sites of Monaco", will take place on June 23 and 24, 2018.
A Monegasque delegation took part in an exchange of views on co-operation between the Council of Europe and the United Nations (UN) in the field of human rights, held in Strasbourg on Thursday, February 15.
Held every year within the framework of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the meeting aims to enable various experts to discuss ways to improve strategic collaboration and synergies between the Strasbourg Organisation and UN bodies on the many topics of common interest.
A discussion on the protection of migrant children gave the Principality the opportunity to highlight its international commitment, both political and financial, to the rights of the child, particularly in the context of the migration crisis.
The Committee of Ministers is the statutory decision-making body of the Council of Europe, composed of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Member States. The latter meet once a year at ministerial level and their Delegates (Permanent Representatives to the Council of Europe) sit once a week.
[caption id="attachment_28235" align="alignnone" width="1280"] MonacoUSA Executive Director Annette Anderson and Susan Feaster, Susan Feaster, CEO of Ryder Cup France 2018 US Partners Club. Photo: Monaco Life[/caption]
More than seventy people braved the heavy rain and winter temperatures to support MonacoUSA’s pre-Ryder Cup event Tuesday night at Stars’n’Bars.
The 42nd Ryder Cup, where America’s top golfers compete against the best in Europe, will be held in continental Europe for only the second time in its history, at Le Golf National in Paris, from September 28 to 30, 2018.
Another historic golf tournament will take place a few months earlier, from June 15 to 18, and for the first time at the Monte Carlo Golf Club – the 2018 Monaco US Celebrity Golf Cup, which will bring Bill Clinton, Andy Garcia, Kenny G and some of America’s top football players, as well as 20 American businessmen paying to golf with the stars, to the Principality.
[caption id="attachment_28236" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Susan Feaster, CEO of Ryder Cup France 2018 US Partners Club and Monaco US Celebrity Cup Chairman. Photo: Monaco Life[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_28227" align="alignnone" width="1280"] HE Henri Fissore, Chairman of the Board Grimaldi Forum, Susan Feaster, CEO of Ryder Cup France 2018 US Partners Club and Monaco US Celebrity Cup Chairman and Werner Peyer, Managing Director of Compagnie Monégasque de Banque. Photo: Monaco Life[/caption]
The link between these two major golf events is Susan Feaster, CEO of Ryder Cup France 2018 US Partners Club and Monaco US Celebrity Cup Chairman, who reminded MonacoUSA members and friends that “you are each an Ambassador to Monaco over the four days of events in June when Team USA and Team Europe come to the Principality.”
Ms Feaster also thanked Monaco US Celebrity Cup committee members Mike Powers and Henri Fissore, who were present, and spoke about the success of the first celebrity cup which took place in June 2016 at Royal Mougins Golf Club, where Team USA beat Team Europe 10-5 on a Match Play.
The tournament trophy will again be presented by HSH Prince Albert, who is the 2018 Honorary co-captain of Team USA, at an Awards Ceremony and Black Tie Gala on June 17 in the Yacht Club Ballroom.
The proceeds of this charity event will benefit the Ryder Cup Trust for the development of golf for youth, beginners, seniors and the disabled. In addition, a “Green Golf” gift will be made to the Prince Albert II Foundation for environmentally enhanced golf course construction and sustainability.
[caption id="attachment_28234" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Alicia Sedgwick provides fashion show commentary. Photo: Monaco Life[/caption]
The networking evening was sponsored by Monaco’s only golf boutique and fitting centre, One Eagle, who set up an indoor putting green and provided an impressive fashion show, prompting “ohs and ahs” from many in the crowd who have never once swung a club.
A tombola was held with awesome prizes including private golf lessons at Royal Mougins with Stephane Damiano of Prime Golf Academy, a free swing assessment at One Eagle’s fitting centre and a bucket of EcoBioBalls, aka fish balls – non-toxic, biodegradable "eco" golf balls filled with fish food.
[caption id="attachment_28239" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Quentin Durafour, One Eagle Fitter, with fish balls.[/caption]
“What a cool idea for golfers who practice at sea,” commented MonacoUSA’s Executive Director Annette Anderson. Fish balls begin to dissolve after 24 hours, then fish begin eating the food inside after 36 hours before the balls fully dissipate after 28 days.
A great deal of energy went into the Ryder Cup discovery evening, as led by the inextinguishable Annette Anderson, Alicia Sedgwick, Master of Ceremonies of TEDxMonteCarlo who provided commentary for the fashion show, and the staff at Stars’n’Bars for their prompt and friendly service.
The 2018 Monaco US Celebrity Golf Cup kick-off was hosted at the Yacht Club of Monaco on July 4 by Susan Feaster and Monaco Life Publisher Eric Brundage. Article first published on February 14, 2018.
[caption id="attachment_28326" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Hibiki Iwano of Horizon Lab making coffee at Castelroc. Photo: Monaco Life[/caption]
Hibiki Iwano is not your average teenager. Named by Tokyo Weekender as one of “Japan’s Astounding Teen Prodigies”, Hibiki launched his own coffee business – Horizon Labo – in April 2017 at the age of 15.
What makes the young entrepreneur’s story more extraordinary is that after years of struggling at school – from an inability to keep up with the rest of the class to not being able go to the bathroom alone – he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the age of 8.
[caption id="attachment_28323" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Hibiki Iwano with his mom at Castelroc. Photo: Monaco Life[/caption]
By 13, he had quit school where he didn’t connect with other students and within two years, turned his focus to a fascination with coffee and the roasting process, starting with a small 1kg coffee roaster.
“I realised the infinity of flavours there are to discover in coffee … I really like that part ... that there’s no end,” Hibiki told Good Coffee.
With the support of his parents, the teen opened Horizon Labo in Gunma Prefecture, but with crowds becoming larger and larger, the family decided to temporarily close the café as to not disturb neighbours. Hibiki continues to sell his coffee beans online.
[caption id="attachment_28172" align="alignnone" width="960"] Hibiki Iwano in Monaco. Photo: Facebook Ripple Yōhinten[/caption]
Hibiki is currently visiting Monaco with his parents and offering a free tasting of his coffee this Friday, at 10:30 am, at Castelroc restaurant.
“I had a hard time copying words written on the board, and there were many things I couldn’t do that brought me down,” he told Tokyo Weekender. “I wanted to focus on what I could do with my own working style. I found that roasting coffee was the ideal way of expressing myself.”
[caption id="attachment_28324" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Sampling Horizon Lab coffee at Castelroc. Photo: Monaco Life[/caption]
Follow Hibiki Iwano on Instagram: horizon_labo. Article first published on February 14, 2018.