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
Saturday 17 February, Louis II Stadium French Ligue 1 Football Championship: Monaco vs Dijon Information: +377 92 05 74 73
Saturday 17 February, 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm; Sunday 18 February, 2.30 pm; Wednesday 21 February, 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm, Théâtre des Muses Puss in Boots, children’s show featuring Amélie Saimpont, Caroline Marchetti and Raphaël Poli Information: +377 97 98 10 93
Saturday 17 February, 7.30 pm, Sporting Monte-Carlo Grand Masked Ball: “Venice in Monte-Carlo” Information: 06 07 93 84 75
Saturday 17 February, 8.30 pm, Variety Theatre Athena Music Festival – organised by Athéna Artistes Associés Information: 06 73 09 20 43
Sunday 18 February, 11 am, Place du Casino “Venice in Monte-Carlo” costume parade and events for children at the Café de Paris Information: 06 07 93 84 75
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
Monday 19 February, 6.30 pm, Monaco Multimedia Library (Louis Notari Library) Photographic Distractions, led by Adrien Rebaudo Information: +377 93 15 29 40
Monday 19 February, 8 pm, Variety Theatre Tribute to Dino Buzzati: W Buzzati! by and featuring Enrica Barel and Filippo Usellini, organised by Dante Alighieri Information: +377 97 70 89 47
Tuesday 20 February, 12.15 pm, Monaco Multimedia Library (José Notari Sound Library) Picnic Music with Elvis Presley on the big screen Information: +377 93 30 64 48
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
Tuesday 20 February, 8.30 pm, Variety Theatre All the Art of the Cinema – Screening of Nagisa Ōshima’s film Naked Youth, organised by the Audiovisual Archives of Monaco Information: +377 97 98 43 26
Wednesday 21 February, 7 pm, Monaco Multimedia Library (Louis Notari Library) Cine-Club: Live by Night by Ben Affleck, with actor Remo Girone in attendance Information: +377 93 15 29 40
Wednesday 21 February, 8 pm to 10 pm, Variety Theatre Talk: “I was a freemason...” by Serge Abad-Gallardo, architect and essayist Information: 06 80 86 21 93
Thursday 22 February, 6.30 pm, Grimaldi Forum Monaco – Espace Indigo Thursday Live Session with Inuit Information: +377 99 99 20 20
Saturday 24 February to Sunday 11 March, Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology of Monaco Children’s game during the winter holidays Information: +377 99 98 98 80 06
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
Saturday 24 February, 10 am, Open-air ice rink Monaco Ice Skating Championship Information: +377 93 15 06 09
Saturday 24 February, 8.30 pm, Grimaldi Forum Monaco Acting by Xavier Durringer featuring Niels Arestrup, Kad Merad and Patrick Bosso Information: +377 99 99 30 00
Sunday 25 February, Yacht Club de Monaco Lecture on the film Sainte-Dévote, organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco Information: +377 93 10 63 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
Monday 26 February to Friday 2 March, Monaco Art School, Pavillon Bosio Ceramics course with Jeffery Haines (adults) Information: +377 93 30 18 39
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.
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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.
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