by MariaSole Ferrero MONACO. Montecarlotimes’ presentation of Spring 2017 most highly rated events, from the Ocean Week to theApril6 worldwide platform, from the closing of the Printemps des Art festival paying tribute to Berlioz, to the luxury Top Marques Monaco.

March 30 – April 3, 2017 – OCEANS IN MONACO – The Monaco Ocean Week will be an opportunity for local actors and major international organizations to share their experiences and deepen their reflection on the Conservation of the marine environment and the sustainable development of a “blue” economy. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and its partners are pleased to invite you to the following events open to the public.
Thursday, March 30 from 10:00 to 16:00 at the Stars’n’Bars: “Actors in the fight against plastic pollution in the Mediterranean”.
Thursday, March 30 from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm at the Stars’n’Bars: Conference “Studying the Ocean to Understand Climate: A Global Issue”.
Thursday, March 30 from 18:00 to 19:00 at the Yacht Club of Monaco “Presentation of the Monaco Solar Boat Challenge”.
Friday, March 31st from 17.45 to 19.30 at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco: “Presentation of marine protected areas of the Mediterranean including those of Monaco”.
Saturday, April 1st from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the Monaco Science Center: “Understanding the Blue Carbon Issue”.
Saturday, April 1st from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Stars’n’Bars “From the Sea to the Plate”, awareness of the sustainable consumption of seafood.
Sunday, April 2nd from 16:00 to 16:30 at the Yacht Club of Monaco: Sandra Bessudo conference: «Malpelo: a story, a passion».
Monday, April 3rd from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Stars’n’Bars: “How to act in case of cetacean strandings?” Reservation at and subject to availability.

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March 30 2017 between 6.30 pm and 9 pm – Cultural Association Monaco Aida & Opera Gallery – Inauguration of the exhibition exotic passions of la belle epoque- Palais de la Scala –Monaco – An exhibition which show how much Orientalism and Japanism of the end of XIX° century influenced the evolution of western contemporary art. Claude Monet, Léon Bakst, George Plank, Sir Frederic Leighton and many more, all type of painters and creative have been inspirated by those trends. The cultural association AIDA would like to invite you to help them by giving your support to the AMADE Mondiale, whilst reviving an ancient American charity tradition from the beginning of the 20th century. Initiated by the American magazine “Vogue” and the illustrator, George Plank who supplied some of the most prestigious front covers of this same magazine. At a time when the art of photography was in its infance, the magazines team in partnership with the hotel “Waldorf Astoria” invited the elegant ladies of New York to be photographed in a staged set up. The set ups represented the illustrations done by George Plank, on the covers of the magazine. These prints where then sold for the sole benefit of raising funds for charities.

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March 30-April 2Pizza Festival at the Café de Paris – Monte-Carlo will host the First “Pizza Festival”, under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in the Principality of Monaco. The Association “Verace Pizza napoletana – The true Neapolitan Pizza Association” will stage a team formed by some of the top “pizzaioli”. They will cook pizzas in two specifically made ovens for this unique event, bringing in Monaco the flavour and the atmosphere of the “pizzerie”. The Pizza is perhaps the most traditional dish of the Neapolitan cuisine. The attendants will be able to see the almost acrobatic moves of the “Pizzaioli” working the dough. They will prepare various kind of pizza, from the more traditional to the innovative ones. On March 31st evening the Italian Ambassador in the Principality of Monaco, Mr Cristiano Gallo will attend the event, so testifying the important role of the pizza, one of the most loved and cherished product of the Italian gastronomy excellence worldwide.

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April 2017 Presentation of the RAMPAM Project in Monaco – The Monegasque Association for Nature Protection is to help finance a RAMPAM project to create a network of Marine Protected Areas for the Alpes-Maritimes and Monaco region. The aim of the RAMPAM network is to link small marine protected areas to create an integrated management system for the Alpes-Maritimes and the Principality of Monaco that is relevant and offers sustainable management of the coastal area. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are recognized worldwide as effective environmental management tools.  Small-scale MPAs, even those that are close to highly developed urban areas, can play an even more important role when they are linked together in a network.  The challenge for the Alpes-Maritimes and Monaco region is to create a functional network that will involve larger players and implement a balanced management system for marine biodiversity. Work carried out for many years by the ECOMERS laboratory at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and its partners shows that linking MPAs together in a network is the best alternative for balanced biodiversity management. Three years will be sufficient to launch an operational management system and ensure that it is sustainable over the long term.  The funding will make it possible to recruit a scientist to lead it.  This network will be especially effective as it can draw upon the academic knowledge of the ECOMERS laboratory at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, will benefit from the involvement of local MPA managers and is already based on raising the awareness of economic and institutional partners, which is essential for its functioning.

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April 1st 2017 at 8 pm – Lottery&Bingo in favor of Sister Marie’s Institution – Organized by the Lions Club of Monaco – A car, two scooters, a cruise, a giant TV screen and many other prizes will be drawn on April 1st, starting at 8 pm. The Super Lottery&Bingo is organized by the Lions Club of Monaco for the third consecutive year under the Fontvieille’s Marquee. With over € 30,000 in prizes, this event, the richest of the entire French Riviera, will donate every cent of the raised funds to the Sister Marie’s Institution. The Institution is very active in helping the elderly in difficulty, the most disadvantaged, offering meals, outings, games and, above all, a lot of tenderness and love to brighten up their loneliness. The motto of the Lions Club is “We Serve”. The Lions Club of Monaco serves with fervor and it will is reserve several surprises in 2017, centenary of the creation of the first Club in Chicago. The Club Service is no-stop founding new charity and cultural projects, to increase the participation and acttract new members. It 1917 Melvin Jones developed a vision promising a bright future. In fact, he built a great international movement, whose projects have supported more than 100 million disadvantaged people in the last century around the world. In 2002, Mr. Jürg Schmid was a 60 years old Swiss businessman specializing in business management (banking) and wealth. In the Principality, he worked in three local banks and recently he became President of the Monaco Lions Club. In winter, the Club held the 4th edition of the 4 hands International Piano Competition, under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, in collaboration with the Academy of Music of Monaco, the participation of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monaco and the support of the Przedborski family and Edmond de Rothschild (Monaco). This spring, beyond the 3rd edition of the Lottery&Bingo, a Gala Charity will be organised the by Lions Club of Monaco, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of international Lionism, in collaboration with the Academy of Music of Monaco, the talented Chef Joël Garault and many others. The two events will certainly leave an unforgettable memory in the Monaco’s calendar. They constitue an important opening up to bring to light the Lions Club Monaco’s actions, to increase its effectiveness and encourage the participation of others who share the same philanthropic and cultural principles.


April 6th 2017 – Actions Worldwide – is a platform for expression and promotion aimed at highlighting the initiatives led to celebrate 6 April. It is A fantastic opportunity to mobilize, unite, encourage and bring to light projects for peace and development through sport and an unique space dedicated to promoting the actions of stakeholders throughout the world. In fact, 70 events will take place in april in many towns around the world, in capital cities of the five continents from New York to Volgograd, from Punta del Este to Peshawar, from Monaco to Bamako ‘Peace and Sport, L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport’ is a politically neutral international organization founded in 2007 under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco by Joël Bouzou, Olympic medallist and World champion in the modern pentathlon. Peace and Sport launched the website in 2014 in order to create a global movement around the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. To mark the first edition, the organization mobilized its expertise, its network and its know-how to support stakeholders worldwide who work daily to build a better society through sport. In 2016, just as in 2014 and 2015, the use of this platform has met great success, with a final count over the three years of 850 registered projects and more than 110 countries participating.

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April 6th, 2017 -«WHITE CARD» A worldwide symbolic action celbrating the International Sport Day for Peace Development – Many Champions of Peace and personalities are also supporting the White Card operation, which is going viral on Fb, Twitter and Instagram. We ask people to mobilise around this special card to promote peace worldwide. Originally, the card, under the name of “Carton blanc” was a photo show made up by Ms. Maud Bernos. She presented around the world pictures of Champions of Peace, and especially pictures of children who more than any other need peace. The “White card” wants to be the opposite of the “Red card”, which in sport is synonymous of serious misconduct., while the “White card” symbolizes purity and peace in a positive and constructive way.

HSH Prince Albert II supports the "white card" since its creation
HSH Prince Albert II supports the “white card” since its creation

April 6th, 2017 at 10 am – The Princess Charlene of Monaco Rally at Collège Charles III – Monaco – For the 4th consecutive year, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Rally, organised by the Department of Education, Youth and Sport in close association with the Princess Charlene Foundation and “Peace and Sport”, will bring together 500 college students for a morning of sports and intellectual events followed by a conference. The aim of this event is to raise awareness among young people on 6 April, peace through sport and the power of sport to create solidarity and respect. The Champion of Peace, Pierre Frolla, will participate in the event. Just like it happened last year, Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco are expected to attend the event, held as part of the 4th International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

Promising Results for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation on its 5h anniversary
Promising Results for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation on its 5h anniversary

April 11-13 2017- EVER – Renewable Energy and Ecological Vehicles in Action – – The Principality of Monaco has been a forerunner in the field of electric vehicles and new energies for more than twenty years, investing in infrastructure, fleets of electric vehicles and promoting the development of clean transport. Many events have punctuated this movement. Ever Monaco 2017 continues this tradition. For three days, Ever Monaco will open its doors to the public and professionals. Scientific conferences, round tables bringing together personalities from the world of sustainable development and electric vehicles, international meetings, the Riviera Electric Challenge Cagnes for Ever … All these ingredients make EVER Monaco an exclusive event.

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EVER CONFERENCE MONACO 2017 – Renewable Energy and Ecological Vehicles in Action







April 14th, Friday – Princess Grace Theater – MOMO – One evening, Monsieur and Madame Prioux discover with amazement that a certain Momo has settled in their home. Momo returned to his parents to announce his marriage. The Prioux, who have never had a child, do not understand … Especially since everything seems to prove that Momo is indeed their son. Is Momo a mythomaniac? A manipulator? Did the Prioux forget that they had a child?

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April 20-23 2017 – Top Marques Monaco – Grimaldi Forum – Dream, prestige and voluptuousness: Top Marques makes its show – A must-see event on the rock for 14 years now, the most prestigious supercars and luxury shows will take place this year at the Grimaldi Forum from 20 to 23 April, 2017. State-of-the-art technology, innovation and exclusivity will once again be at the rendezvous with 4 global launches of supercars that are already announced. Visitors from around the world will have the chance to discover more than 200 exceptional exhibitors, including jewelery and watch manufacturers, yacht and helicopter plants, and artists and designers. The every year simple formula «See it, drive it, buy it» allows visitors to test the performance and technical prowess of some thirty supercars on the emblematic Monaco Formula One circuit, privatized for the occasion. Donkervoort, “no compromise” aka Keating Supercars, will unveil its latest creation, the long-awaited Berus with a reptilian look. This exclusive supercar show is a unique event that offers to exhibitors good opportunities for their development and expansion in the Automotive, Sporting Goods, Toys & Games, Power, Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation. In partnership with the Edmond de Rothschild Group, Top Marques Monaco already offers tickets to the Grimaldi Forum box office.

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 April 26th, Wednesday at 6:30 pm – Grimaldi Forum – Prince Pierre Hall – CINÉ CONFERENCE ON THE EXHIBITION “THE FORBIDDEN CITY IN MONACO” – The Grimaldi Forum Monaco unveils its 2017 Summer Show-Event – April 26 at 6:30 pm in the Salle Prince Pierre, 800 privileged ones will be able to discover the content of the exhibition 2017 at the Grimaldi Forum dedicated to “The Forbidden City in Monaco: life of the court of emperors and empresses of China.” This conference will be given by the curator of the Monegasque exhibition, Jean-Paul Desroches, Honorary General Curator of Heritage, and will be preceded by a preview screening of a film made in synthetic images “The Palace for the Son of Heaven “(Duration: 21 minutes) The entry will be free, and tickets must be booked (in the limit of available seats), either directly at the Grimaldi Forum box office, or Phone number +377 9999 3000, from Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 am to 7:00 pm. As a preamble to the Grimaldi Forum’s major exhibition, which will be open to the public from July 14 to September 10, Jean-Paul Desroches will reveal the main lines of this Exhibition dedicated to court life, customs and the spirit in which people lived in the imperial era. The Forbidden City, a center of political decision-making but also a center of culture and religious center, will be the setting of a vast historical fresco, illustrated through more than 250 works coming mostly from the Museum of the Forbidden City. Calligraphies, paintings, ceramics, furniture, jades, liturgical objects will illustrate the refinement of traditional Chinese culture. It will reach its peak under the emperors of the last feudal dynasty Qing – period favored in the exhibition – which will reign from 1644 to 1911, year of the foundation of the Chinese Republic. The highlight of the presentation will be the screening of the film “The Palace for the Son of Heaven ” which is an essential part of any visit to the site of the Imperial Palace in Beijing. It is a spectacular introduction to understanding the architecture of the Forbidden City and the mission of the emperor, representative of Heaven on Earth. The “Son of Heaven” was the military and religious leader, and the erudites’ head s well.

In fact no one is allowed even to step foot near the throne without the permission of the Son of Heaven
In fact no one is allowed even to step foot near the throne without the permission of the Son of Heaven

April 27-29, at 8:00 pm and April 30 at 4:00 pm – Grimaldi Forum – Salle des Princes – Two creations united in the promotion of dance. Support different kind of creation is essential for the evolution of a large dance company. The Ballets de Monte-Carlo have always been part of a tradition of promoting and disseminating choreographic creation. Thus the career’s beginnings of some contemporary choreographers (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Shen Wei, Marco Goecke …) are forever linked to the Ballets of Monte Carlo. In this spring 2017, two choreographers with a strong identity will share their creations with La Compagnie. For Marie Chouinard, an emblematic figure of dance in Canada, it will be her first piece created for a company other than her own. As for Natalia Horecna, already invited in 2015, this second creation will be for the Slovak artist the opportunity to meet the dancers she loves so much and who allow her to embody her world of choreography.

The Slovak artist Natalia Horecna to meet Les Ballets de Montecarlo
The Slovak artist Natalia Horecna to meet Les Ballets de Montecarlo


April 28- 30 -2017 ARTMONTE-CARLO – Grimaldi Forum: artmonte-carlo doubles the stake – The second edition of artmonte-carlo will be hosted at the Grimaldi Forum, under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II. presenting 40 international galleries rigorously chosen as well as a dozen exhibitions of important institutional and private collections. From 28 to 30 April, this cultural event will be distinguished in the world of art fairs by its singular concept of “art fair”: limited size, quality of exhibition resulting and rich proposal of the invited exhibitions, will look like a mini-biennale. This year artmonte-carlo is inaugurating two new sections. Artmonte-carlo / cinema will indeed delight lovers of the seventh art thanks to the participation of the Julia Stoschek Collection, and artmonte-carlo / sculptures will animate the esplanade of the Grimaldi Forum as well as the adjacent seaside. Artmonte-carlo is eager to establish a quality artistic platform responding to the Côte d’Azur collectors’ demand, thus providing an important support to the cultural development of the region.

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