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
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 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
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, 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
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
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
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.
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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.
[caption id="attachment_26333" align="alignnone" width="640"] Monegasque delegation with Marie-Catherine Caruso-Ravera, Director of Diplomatic and Consular Relations, Isabelle Picco, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Monaco to the UN, Valérie Bruell-Melchior, Deputy Permanent Representative, and Florian Botto, Third Secretary at the Permanent Mission. Photo: DC[/caption]
Monaco Explorations and the Principality's initiatives for the oceans have been in the spotlight at the UN. Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, accompanied by Marie-Catherine Caruso-Ravera, Director of Diplomatic and Consular Relations, visited the United States, from December 4 to 8, to make working visits to the various Monaco Diplomatic and Consular Missions.
In New York, she delivered an important speech to the UN General Assembly during the debate on oceans and the law of the sea.
Her address was an opportunity to recall Monaco's priorities, such as the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, ocean acidification, marine protected areas, the fight against marine pollution as well as the Principality’s support for hydrography and marine cartography.
The importance of marine science and scientific collaboration was also at the heart of the Director General's speech, citing as examples the Yersin’s ports of call in Madeira, Cape Verde and Martinique, in accordance with the vision of SAS the Sovereign Prince to "reconcile humanity and the sea."
The Principality also supports the initiative of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission to proclaim a Decade of Ocean Sciences from 2021 to 2030. Two draft resolutions of the General Assembly on oceans and the law of the sea in general and on the sustainability of fisheries were adopted at the end of the debate.
By the end of the year, the General Assembly is expected to adopt a third resolution to convene an Intergovernmental Conference to develop a new International Instrument for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity.
A recently formed association, known as AMLA – Association Monegasque pour l’Amerique Latine – will be holding a Santa’s Christmas tree workshop for children from two to eight years old on Tuesday, December 19.
“The association came to life three months ago, organised by five young women from Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Guatemala and Colombia, all with strong Latin American roots, while being very international and Monaco locals at the same time,” Daniela Spanier, the association’s President said.
“After living several years in Monaco we have become fans of its openness towards different cultures and subjects, its warm hearted-communities and its very dynamic and wide range of cultural offerings.
“Latin America is a very diverse and culturally rich area, where dance, music and food as well as social interdependence play a fundamental role in creating a unanimous identification with the area.”
Ms Spanier describes “Latinos” as having a reputation for being cheerful, friendly, active and a outgoing and very well educated – even though there are very high levels of illiteracy – which has given rise to thousands of renowned artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, as well as its gastronomy.
“It is here where we see our mission, as a point of reference between the principality of Monaco and the countries of Latin America. We will promote sociocultural exchange and rapprochement between both and identify synergies to build on, through several events during the year, such as expositions, conferences, concerts, gala evenings, day activities to name some examples, always with the goal of cooperation and exchange.”
Funds raised by the association will be put to use in key areas in our countries, such as health, infrastructure and education and partnerships with local and international charity authorities.
The tree workshop will run from 4 pm until 6:30 pm at Twiga, with a charitable donation requested of €35, which includes the workshop, goodie bags, Santa’s visit, snacks and drinks for all, plus singing and dancing. All the funds raised will go to Richmond Global Health Alliance, a health project for Nicaragua’s children.
[caption id="attachment_26426" align="alignnone" width="960"] On May 24, 1961, President and Mrs Kennedy welcomed Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco to the The White House. Photo: Facebook: Embassy of the Principality of Monaco in Washington, D.C./Corbis-Bettman[/caption]
The Embassy of Monaco has inaugurated its new premises in the heart of the US federal capital. The Chancellery is now located nearer the White House and the main ministries.
At the official ceremony at 888 17th Street, on Thursday, December 7, Her Excellency Maguy Maccario Doyle, Ambassador of Monaco to the USA, received many notable personalities, in the presence of Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director General of Foreign Affairs and of Cooperation, and Marie Catherine Caruso, Director of Diplomatic and Consular Relations.
In her address, the Ambassador recalled the importance and the quality of the ties that unite the Principality and the United States.
As an example, on November 29 and 30, the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission Karine Médecin-Lemon welcomed a delegation from the New Orleans Tricentennial commission to the Principality in preparation for Monaco’s participation in the Tricentennial celebrations in 2018.
The links between the Principality and New Orleans date back to Monaco’s first American Princess. According to the Embassy, Princess Alice of Monaco was born Alice Heine in New Orleans in 1857 and married Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1889.
[caption id="attachment_26424" align="alignnone" width="629"] Photo: Embassy of the Principality of Monaco in Washington, D.C.[/caption]
Headed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu-City of New Orleans, the delegation’s Monaco visit at the end of November included a welcome dinner with local officials, meetings with senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, the Monaco Economic Board, and a stop by the Casino de Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival.
The delegation’s visit culminated with lunch at the Palace in the presence of Prince Albert.