Princess Stephanie’s daughter, Pauline Ducruet, was a recent guest of the Embassy of Monaco in Washington DC, where she took part in an event recognising young circus performers.
As part of a tribute to Prince Rainier III for his involvement in the circus and for the contributions that the Grimaldi Family continues to make to the circus, Ms Ducruet, who is President of the New Generation Young Artists Festival, chaired the closing session of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival devoted to the new generation.
The day before, a reception was held at the Residence of the Ambassador to welcome Ms Ducruet, as well as to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Festival.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is organised by the Smithsonian Institute, which promotes cultural exchanges between countries, artists and the public.
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.
Children and adolescents will soon be able to participate in a clothing design project organised by the Terres méditerranéennes association, in collaboration with stylist Mihaela Stoica, creator in 2011 of the responsible clothing brand “Shtoica”.
Through a module of four creative workshops, young particpants will be sensitised to the idea of sustainable development since the theme is the transformation and recycling of jeans.
The budding designers, from the age of eight and up, will be welcomed on Saturday mornings from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the association’s "U mazaghìn" interior courtyard workshop at 18 rue Grimaldi.
The concept is to create a product through discussion, creation of a mood board, design and basic sewing, to produce the final product.
In parallel with the creative process, this series of workshops, which can accommodate up to six people, works on personal development so that the participants can learn to manage expectations and communicate with others about responsibilities.
The cost is €150/€135 for members and the workshops will take place March 25, April 1 and 29, and May 21. Email to register: email@example.com