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The celebrations of Monaco’s patron saint, Sainte Devote, will take place on Friday, January 26, and Saturday, January 27.
As one of the oldest traditions of the Principality, the marking of the saint’s day has permeated Monaco’s national culture in fields as diverse as religion, folklore, popular beliefs, history, literature, arts, painting, music, numismatics and philately.
The legend of Saint Devote stems from a medieval document, and is a tradition holding a very special place in the heart of Monegasques and permanently attested to over the centuries in the history of the city.
According to the legend, Devota (Devote), a young Christian native of Corsica, was martyred by the prefect Barbarus under the Emperors Diocletian and Maximian on a date that could be 303 or 304. Her body, stolen the following night by the faithful, was put in a boat, brought to Monaco and buried in a chapel of the valley called "Gaumates", near the port, on January 27 of the same year.
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Under Honoré II, in the seventeenth century, Sainte Devote became patron saint of Monaco. The tradition has been celebrated every year since 1874: as the most significant part of the reeanactment, a small boat is burned in the presence of the Sovereign and the Princely Family, accompanied by Monegasque personalities. Once the boat is burned, a fireworks display is held at Port Hercule.
On January 27, the feast day, a solemn Mass is celebrated in the Cathedral by the Archbishop of the Diocese. The Princely Family, the Prince's Government, the elected assemblies and the constituted bodies as well as many faithful attend this ceremony. A procession takes the direction of the Prince's Palace with the shrine containing the relics escorted by the Carabiniers du Prince.
The procession stops on the Place du Palais, where an Honour Guard and the orchestra of the Carabiniers du Prince pay tribute. A celebrant then blesses the Princely Family with the relics. The procession proceeds to the ramparts, where another celebrant blesses Monaco and its population. Finally, back in front of the Cathedral, a last celebrant blesses the sea and fishermen.
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Following the constant evolution of the dance world, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, directed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, continue to offer a rich programme of choreographic productions for the duration of the 2017/18 season.
From April 26 to 29, the Ballets will perform a new production, accompanied by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, in collaboration with Printemps des Arts.
On the same evenings, the Company will present Violin Concerto, with choreography by George Balanchine, danced for the last time 15 years ago.
From May 9 to 11, in partnership with the Pavillon Bosio, Ecole Supérieure d'Arts Plastiques de Monaco, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo will present a new series of unexpected events.
To finish the season, it's Summer Dance! – a discovery of the world of choreographic art.
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The Princess Grace Academy will present its traditional Gala at Salle Garnier on June 23 and 24, while from July 12 to 14, also at the Salle Garnier, the Monaco Dance Forum Festival will feature three special evenings: Alexander Ekman; Johan Inger; Mats Ek & Laguna, which will pay tribute to the great filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (1918-2018).
Finally from July 26 to 29, a new programme, White Darkness with choreography by Nacho Duato – a creation of Joseph Hernandez who will work for the first time with the Company. He is a former dancer of Monte-Carlo and is now a young emerging choreographer.
As a "Cultural Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco", the Compagnie des Ballets de Monte-Carlo knows the importance of its international tours and fully assumes its role. No less than 50 performances are on the programme, in a dozen different countries: Russia, Holland, China, Switzerland, France, Germany, United States, Spain, and more.
Jean-Christophe Maillot – recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Prix de Lausanne– will present the major pieces from his repertoire: Romeo and Juliet, The Beauty, The Dream, Lake, Cinderella, Aleatorio and also the program Bella Figura, Gods and Dogs and Hat as part of the 70th birthday celebrations of Czech dancer and choreographer Jiří Kylián.
With the creation, on July 5, 2012, of the Monaco Screening Centre, the Prince's Government established Monaco among model countries in terms of public health, and continues to improve and expand its health screening programmes.
Located in the Princess Grace Hospital Centre, the Monaco Screening Centre welcomes, listens to and informs those concerned and, where appropriate, directs them to seek appropriate care.
Among the diseases and infections covered by the screening programmes are tests for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, and colorectal cancer and breast cancer – the most common cancers in our populations. Their screening makes it possible to ensure effective management of the disease. Breast cancer has also been screened since 1994.
Cervical cancer is the eighth cancer most affecting women in France. Aware of this risk, the Prince's Government attaches particular importance to preventive actions. The link between Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and cervical cancer has been demonstrated, which makes vaccination against this virus especially important. This vaccination is systematically offered to young girls from 11 to 14 years old.
Pap smears from 21 years old complete the vaccination. This coordination between vaccination and screening, which does not exist in other countries, is a very important step forward: the two-coupled actions allow for the eradication of cervical cancer by screening and treatment of precancerous lesions.
Organised screening campaigns for osteoporosis for women aged 55 to 80 have been progressively implemented and have worked remarkably well since September 2009.
The abnormal dilatation of the aneurysm of the aorta can lead to internal haemorrhage without precursor signs. This campaign started six months ago for people aged 65 to 80 and will treat aneurysms in a timely manner, the Department of Health and Social Affairs has said.