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 December 15 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.
The Urban Planning Department has installed a portion of solar roadway about fifty metres long on the Avenue des Papalins in Fontvieille. The section of special roadway has been built in cooperation with the company Colas. The electricity produced by the panels is injected into the SMEG network.
Wattway slabs are laid and glued directly onto the road. Only a few millimetres thick, they include photovoltaic cells 15 cm apart, constituting a very thin sheet of "polycrystalline" silicon. Coated in a substrate composed of resins and polymers, they are sufficiently translucent to let in sunlight and strong enough to withstand heavy truck traffic.
These slabs have a yield of 15 percent, similar to that of conventional photovoltaics. Twenty square metres of Wattway roadway is sufficient to supply an average household with sufficient electricity, excluding heating.
"This is a huge increase in the number of solar panels designed to transform the traffic lanes into renewable energy support," said Jean-Luc Puyo, Director of Urban Planning. He added: "Tomorrow, we can imagine other ways in which the Principality can support our policy in favour of renewable energies".
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the German Ocean Foundation and the International Boat Show – Boot Düsseldorf – have come together to launch the “Ocean Tribute Awards.” The prize will reward selected projects in three areas: Business, Industry, and Science. Boot Düsseldorf will be held from January 20 to 28, 2018.
HSH Prince Albert II, who participated last year at the Ocean Symposium, as part of Boot Düsseldorf, said: "The marine environment is now deeply threatened. There is, at the foundation of this Prize, the importance of mobilising as much as possible around this cause, and to draw the attention of our contemporaries to this requirement which must all bring us together. (...) I wanted my Foundation to join this beautiful project.”
The members of the Ocean Tribute Award jury, which met in Düsseldorf on November 22, are Monika Breuch-Moritz, meteorologist, President of the German Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) and member of the Advisory Committee of the German Ocean Foundation; Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf; HE Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President of the Prince Albert II Foundation; Dr Hartmut Graßl, President of the Federation of German Scientists and President of the German Ocean Foundation; Dr Michael Orbach, Anthropologist, consultant at Duke University, founding member of Surfrider Foundation and member of the advisory board of the German Ocean Foundation; and Robert Marx, President of the German Water Sports Association and Boot Düsseldorf.
Seabob, the luxury sea toy maker, will award a prize of €1,500 to each winner. The "Blue Motion Night" awards ceremony will take place on January 22, 2018, in Düsseldorf.
A study of mobile telephony coverage in the Principality has found that while improvements in quality of service have been made across the board, Monaco Telecom and Orange continue to provide the best quality of service.
The study was conducted in the first half of 2017 by the Electronic Communications Department. A total of 120 measurement points, exterior and interior, were used to test mobile phones using the IOS and Android operating system at different times, including during off-peak hours.
The study found that Monaco Telecom and Orange, whose network is actually provided by Monaco Telecom, provide excellent coverage and a high quality of service, while the performances of the other three operators Bouygues Telecom, Free and SFR – while inferior, have improved since 2016, following a request from the Minister of State. For telephone calls, made or received, the coverage rate of these operators is today greater than 98 percent when made outside buildings.
However, the quality of internet connections and the throughput offered by these three operators remains much lower than those of Monaco Telecom and Orange.
It also appears from these measurements that the experience of customers often depends on their smartphone. Notable differences are seen between different models which do not have the same sensitivity and the same performances on the same network.
Based on the audit conducted by an independent provider, the study demonstrates the high quality of the mobile services provided by the national operator.
“To do a Burberry: meaning to successfully revive a famous but moribund heritage name.”
I’m killing time before lunch at Le Castelroc restaurant on The Rock with the latest copy of Vogue magazine as Alexandra Schulman’s prescient words jump out at me. I have grabbed an outdoor table beside a pretty stone folly to best admire the picture-perfect views: I gaze on one side past cannon-ball pyramids towards the Princely Palace and on the other side down the rocky escarpment towards the sea. No other restaurant in Monaco can rival this location.
Run by the Bonafède family since 1953, Le Castelroc restaurant is synonymous with Monaco heritage. Francis Bonafède is the Godfather of Monegasque cuisine. He ran by the Monegasque motto “cun de pan e de vin se po invita u vizin” (With bread and wine, you can invite your neighbour to dine). His legendary Stockfish stew recipe has helped to keep four generations of Bonafède restaurateurs in business.
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In 2007, I celebrated my daughter’s christening here with a glamorous crowd of friends revelling in champagne, barbajuans (Swiss-chard fritters) and a towering profiterole christening cake. A photo of me against the backdrop of the palace with Baby Dior christening present bags slung over each shoulder caused endless jokes amongst old Cambridge University friends that I had found my inner jetsetter at last.
A decade later, I’m taken aback by the state of the place. The first thing that strikes me is that the front entrance of the restaurant has been engulfed by the neighbouring gift shop selling tourist knick-knacks so that you have to enter via a side entrance. The next thing I see is the transformation of the smart bar area into a bar-cum-depot for unloved furniture with one table as a makeshift desk scattered with paperwork. Finally I notice the worn beige undercloths and scarce clientele. I reflect that this Monegasque icon is looking a little moribund itself.
Once my partner has arrived, we study the tidy two-page menu that celebrates Monegasque and Mediterranean dishes. A brusque waiter takes our order and then bats away my proffered camera saying he’s far too busy to take a photo. Afterwards a kind-hearted tourist who has witnessed the scene from a neighbouring table offers to take our photo instead.
My tomato-and-burrata starter arrives in an impressive Technicolor of orange, red and yellow tomatoes. However, the burrata is rather hard (for a cheese that should be a melting combination of mozzarella and cream) and I’m not sure why the dish has been sprinkled with Parmesan. Luckily my clam pasta main course so hits the spot that I am tempted to polish the plate with my bread in enjoyment.
As our waiter clears the pasta dishes, he remarks that he is ready to take our photo now that we have “les yeux rouges” (red eyes), after our lunch in the sun. My partner looks a little red-eyed with crossness as he asks for the bill. Yet as we finish off our glasses in the spring sunshine looking down over the leafy rooftops of Fontvieille, I reflect that there are few places to parallel a lazy lunch here even on an off day like this.
Le Castelroc is a slice of our national identity. It is as important to Monegasque cuisine as the beloved Chez Roger stall in La Condamine market, which was revived successfully last month following a sustained public campaign: SOS Socca. With more and more competition within the principality from deep-pocketed international brands and celebrity chefs, we must seek inventive ways to sustain hard-working Monegasque dining dynasties. How about a Monegasque Culinary Heritage Foundation?
Le Castelroc, 1 place du Palais. Tel: (+377) 93 30 36 68
Article first published March 21, 2017.
[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.
[caption id="attachment_26346" align="alignnone" width="640"] Ludovic Schultz, Head of the French Delegation, representing HE Xavier Sticker, and Cyril Gomez, Head of the Monegasque Delegation. Photo: Manuel Vitali/DC[/caption]
The handover took place on December 13 between the outgoing Presidency and the incoming Presidency of the Pelages Agreement, provided by Monaco in the person of Cyril Gomez, Director General of the Department of Public Works, Environment and Urban Development.
Cyril Gomez, Head of the Monegasque delegation, succeeded HE Xavier Sticker, Head of the French delegation, and will hold the Presidency for the next two years.
The objective of the Pelagos Agreement is to protect marine mammals and their habitats from any threat of human origin. The Sanctuary is a maritime area of 87,500 square kilometres and represents the largest marine protected area in the Mediterranean and the only international marine area dedicated to the protection of marine mammals.