Saturday, December 2, would appear to be kicking off the festive season in Monaco.
The annual Ecumenical Kermesse – with over 25 stalls – takes place in the Fontvieille Chapiteau from 10 am until 6 pm. Free entry.
Over at 18 rue Grimaldi, Terres méditerranéennes is teaming up with Mothers of Africa for a one-day Christmas market, which is also offering a children’s workshop, from 10:30 am to noon, for ages 5 and up to make “mariote e gali”, small tradtional puppet-like figures. Cost: €10/child or €8 for members. Bring aprons.
At 6 pm, the association Ars Antonina is organising the Virtuosi Children Christmas Concert at the Théâtre des Variétés. The yearly event is performed by talented musicians, all under the age of 13, who are students of the Rainier III Academy of Music and Departmental Conservatories. Free entry with reservation (06 03 44 20 66).
The annual production of Handel’s Messiah, as performed by the Ristretto Chamber Choir and Instrumental Ensemble and directed by Errol Girdlestone, starts at 8 pm at St Paul’s Church. Tickets €30 from FNAC or Carrefour, or at the door based on availability.
On Sunday, December 3, the free monthly wellbeing series courtesy of Stars’n’Bars ECOHUB continues with the theme of “Sensuality”.
The program of conferences, which are held at StarDeck, run from 1 pm to 6 pm, include Dr Danièle Massobrio Macchi with an “Initiation to sacred sexology according to the TAO” (1 pm) followed at 2 pm by Marie Noelle Maston, a Psychologist Paris/Sorbonne on “Haptonomy: The Science of Affectivity.”
Iridologist and Nutrition Advisor Christiane Brych will talk about “Sensuality & Food” at 3 pm, while Clinical Sexologist Pascal Benoist discusses “The Origins of Sensuality” at 4 pm. The event closes with Francoise Vrel, Transgenerational Psychoanalyst, talking about “Eroticism, on Edge” (5 pm).
Also on Sunday, at 3 pm, the first of two performance of I Puritani, an opera in three acts by Vincenzo Bellini, will take place in the Salle Kreizberg at Auditorium Rainier III with Monte Carlo Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra.
Libretto by Carlo Pepoli, based on Tetes Rondes et Cavaliers by Jacques-Francois Ancelot and Xavier-Boniface Saintine.
Tickets – €30, €55, and €80 – are available on +377 98 06 28 28, at the casino atrium ticket office, and the Opera Monte Carlo website.
Article first published November 30, 2017.