by Virginia De Masi

MONACO. Thanks to the vaccination plan, the coronavirus nightmare is about to end so that for now only two events are not reopening in Monaco due to lack of visibility and public following international restrictions. While we obviously continue to monitor the current COVID 19 pandemics let’s start with the postponed events and fill the Save the date bucket list of what can be visited in Monte-Carlo. As on July 6 I am so lucky and honoured to be invited to The Gala dinner of the Monaco Streaming Film Festival I will write a full report of the event on these pages and in Italian and French on the issue n. 63 of our magazine Montecarlotimes-Les Nouvelles as well! 

POSTPONED – The 5th edition of artmonte-carlo initially scheduled from 29 April to 2 May 2021 is postponed later in 2021. Founded in 2016 under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and after the success of artgenève, the Monaco art exhibition has created a leading artistic platform for modern and contemporary art on the French Riviera. Every year artmonte-carlo presents a prestigious selection of international galleries, such as White Cube, kamel mennour, Victoria Miro and Tornabuoni Art, enriched by institutional exhibitions and a professional forum, all designed to evolve, and to become a key element of the exhibition of art. For its fifth year, artmonte-carlo will have the honor of hosting the famous Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, a Prix Pictet exhibition for photography and a large installation by the Royal Academy of Arts in London. artmonte-carlo will honor artistic careers on the proposal of the Michelangelo Foundation for creativity and craftsmanship. Likewise, Art and Jewels of the World will present a selection of prestigious international jewelers. More information:

TOP MARQUES MONACO FURTHER POSTPONED – The 2021 edition of Top Marques Monaco, initially scheduled from 1 to 5 September 2021 at the Grimaldi Forum, has been postponed from 8 to 12 June 2022. “Obviously, it was a difficult decision to make, but today there are no conditions for the event to take place in all serenity. The lack of visibility and the international restrictions still in place forced us to reluctantly postpone the 17th edition of Top Marques Monaco to next year, ”said Salim Zeghdar, CEO of Top Marques. “This new date will allow us to welcome our exhibitors and visitors, many of them from abroad, in the best conditions. My team and I are already working on organizing what will be an exceptional edition. We look forward to promoting the luxury transport industry and its innovations across the Principality and beyond. We are preparing a number of surprises, as well as several new features for the event. It will be an incredible celebration of the automobile! “A place of honor that will immerse visitors in a retro atmosphere will go to sports cars from the 1950s to the 1990s. The show is looking forward to welcoming exhibitors and numerous visitors, often foreigners, in the best conditions. Highly anticipated by some of the biggest names in the automotive industry, such as Pagani, Koenigsegg, Apollo, Dallara, McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and other supercar manufacturers, Top Marques has become an unmissable event for those who want to buy or sell exclusive vehicles. NB Tickets for the 2021 edition will be refunded through the booking networks, namely the Grimaldi Forum or Fnac Spectacles.

from May 4 to June 1 – ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDAN URBAN EXHIBITION, IN THE PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO – The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation launched on its 15th anniversary an international photography competition, in partnership with Barclays Private Bank and Monaco Digital, under the theme: Man – wild fauna: crossed destinies, shared territories. “We are very happy to in-manage this competition, with high quality partners and a jury of recognized and passionate professionals, around a strong theme, in the current context of the health crisis to hush up. We hope that this campaign will participate in the strong efforts to develop more harmonious relationships with nature” explains Olivier Wenden, vice-president and managing director of the Foundation. The categories contest lines: Beauty of the wild fauna, Wild fauna in crisis, A ray of hope. The Foundation’s Environmental Photography Prize will be awarded with an endowment of 6,000 euros and the rest of each category will respectively receive 1,000 euros. The three public prizes will each be endowed with 500 euros.

Summer 2021 “Yannick Alléno at  the Hôtel Hermitage restaurant – Luc Biamonti, CEO of Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, and Louis Starck, General Manager of the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo decided the arrival of the multi-starred Yannick Alléno à l’Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo.  From Paris and from the Alps, Chef Yannick Alléno is heading south, where he will give his cuisine a sweet Monegasque accent, for the great pleasure of both residents and gourmets everywhere. The terrace of the former Vistamar has been completely renovated to offer a new, ideal place, a favorable setting for relaxation, a new vital hub in the heart of the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo. Like a balcony overlooking the sea, the terrace has been redesigned and transformed into a Mediterranean garden, where jasmine, citrus and olive trees are called upon to create a sweet atmosphere, an interlude of serenity. An atmosphere to which neither the most delicate arts of the table are foreign, nor the light that illuminates it and the omnipresent blue of the sky and the sea, in any season. The restaurant’s first card is a promise. It announces the ways in which the next evolutions will materialize, transformations that will take place at the rhythm of the seasons, of the temperatures as well as of the cravings: an extremely refreshing cuisine when it is hot, and comfortable when the temperatures drop. An abundant, generous card, designed to satisfy, which will be updated whenever necessary to guarantee a continuously renewed pleasure. Since 2017, Yannick Alléno has been the only French chef to direct two of the three starred restaurants in France, namely, as already mentioned, Alléno Paris, as well as ‘Le 1947’, at Cheval Blanc Courchevel.

The Grande equipe of Alleno at the Paris Pavillon now in Monaco as well

Pavillon Ledoyen became the most starred independent establishment in the world in 2020, with 3 stars for Alléno Paris, 2 stars for L’Abysse, sushi ‘comptoir’ opened in 2018 and finally Pavyllon, a gastronomic ‘comptoir’ opened at the end 2019, which represents a tribute to the kitchen of the comptoir. Information – Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo – Square Beaumarchais – MC 98000 Monaco – Information / Reservations: +377 98 06 98 98 – – Open every day from May 19th 2021 – Lunch from 12am to 3am & Dinner from 7am to 9.30am (times subject to change according to government measures)

June 5, 2021 at 3 pm – THÉÂTRE DES VARIÉTÉS – All the Art of Cinema – Les Mardis du Cinéma: screening of the film “Ladies Killers” by A. Mackendrick, curated by the Audiovisual Institute of Monaco

June 6, 2021 at 6 pmAUDITORIUM RAINIER III – GREAT SEASON SERIES: concert by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Joseph Pons with Nelson Goerner, piano. On the program: Maurice Ravel and Manuel de Falla

June 9, 2021 at 8 pm – AUDITORIUM RAINIER III – GREAT SEASON SERIES: piano recital by Christian Zacharias, organized by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. On the program: Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven

June 13, 2021 at 6 pm – AUDITORIUM RAINIER III – GREAT SEASON SERIES: concert by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alondra de la Parra with Jorge Luis Prats, piano. On the program: Darius Milhaud, George Gerswhin and Maurice Ravel

June 14, 2021 at 8:00 pm – AGORA MAISON DIOCÉSAINE – SALLE POLYVALENTE – Screening of the film “J’accuse” by Roman Polanski

June 15, 2021 at 6.30 pm – MAISON DE FRANCE – HAPPY HOUR MUSICAL: chamber music concert by the Quintet Les Vents du Sud with Raphaëlle Truchot Barraya, flute, Marie B. Barrière Bilote, clarinet, Mathieu Bloch, oboe, Arthur Menrath, bassoon and Patrick Peignier, horn. On the program: George Onslow, Claude Debussy and Francis Poulenc

June 17, 2021 – GRIMALDI FORUM – THURSDAY LIVE SESSIONS – LEHMANNS BROTHERS – With the sound of the Lehmanns Brothers, enthusiasm is guaranteed! Their groove blends jazz chords with elements of hip-hop, neo-soul and house. The Lehmanns Brothers take up the challenge of mixing a contemporary interpretation of jazz, funk and afrobeat. Behind this unique sound, made of explosive rhythms and incredible vocals, we find the influences of James Brown, Jamiroquai, The Roots or A Tribe Called Quest. For Afropunk’s T. McLendon, “Lehmanns Brothers deliver full volume through the speakers and a bass line that will blow your mind.” Their concerts are exhilarating, a burst of joy and positive energy! Free admission – Drinks from € 4 – menu from € 14 – Book your table at +377 9999 2020 or at +377 9999 3000 – from 6.30 pm aperomix – 8.30 pm live – Parking on site, night rate from 7.00 pm, 0.60 cents / hour

June 18-22, 2021 – GRIMALDI FORUM – 60THMONTE-CARLO TELEVISION FESTIVAL – The meeting point for television fans! By creating the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo in 1961, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, wished to “encourage a new art form, in the service of peace and understanding between men”. Monaco’s international status ideally suited the Prince’s ambition: to recognize television as an exceptional means of bringing cultures together and enhancing their respective knowledge. The project generated worldwide interest and, over the years, many distinguished celebrities have sat on the juries, bringing international recognition to the best of television programming. However, The Monte-Carlo Television Festival is above all, since the 1980s, a very important opportunity for business, a huge international market. Prince Albert II has been the Honorary President of the Festival since 1988. The best of worldwide television programming has been rewarded with Golden Nymph statuettes, copies of the “Salmacis” nymph by the Monegasque sculptor François Joseph Bosio (1768–1845), chief court sculptor to Louis XVIII, the original of which is on show at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Free and open to the public, the festival offers meetings with international stars, backstage series “Behind the Scenes” conferences, screenings and autograph sessions. Also on the program is a Red Carpet atmosphere, prestigious evenings and VIP cocktails. The Festival also offers new features: more stars, more meetings, more screenings, more fictions … Furthermore, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival is creating a new concept for you: FOD, your Festival On Demand! An evolution of the competition will allow the public to participate every evening in numerous parades of talents on the red carpet and to attend all the previews of the official selection of fiction through screenings and conferences. More information on the website – On-site parking, night rate from 19:00, 0.60 cents / hour

June 25, 2021 at 8 pm – THÉÂTRE DES VARIÉTÉS – All the Art of Cinema – Les Mardis du Cinéma: screening of Woody Allen’s “Broadway Danny Rose”, curated by the Audiovisual Institute of Monaco.

Friday 25 June from 16 to 23, Saturday 26 June from 10 to 20 and Sunday 27 June 2021, from 10 to 19 ESPACE FONTVIEILLE – ART3FFIERE – 2nd International Fair of Contemporary Art, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics.

Until 30 June – Musée d’Anthropologie Préhistorique – More than one hundred local and international specialists have joined the museum team to study, often for the first time, the archaeological finds discovered on the Monegasque territory and to make all these new ones accessible to all results.

from 3 to 6 July 2021 – GRIMALDI FORUM MONACO – MONTE-CARLO STREAMING FILM FESTIVAL – The overture of the Monaco Streaming Film Festival edition will take place at the Grimaldi Forum from 3 to 6 July 2021 in collaboration with the main Hollywood streaming studios, the Princess Grace Foundation and GEMA Foundation. The first of its kind, “Monaco Streaming Film Festival” will take its first steps on the red carpet and will be broadcast worldwide, with founding vice president of Netflix, Mitch Lowe as co-founder of the festival. Leaders and the sector’ VIP will meet in the exciting Principality of Monaco, the venue of the festival to participate in 4 days of pure magic, VIP receptions, an awards ceremony, bargaining and a conference with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as keynote speaker. The technology-driven MCSFF goes beyond the borders of Monaco also offering virtual content and panels with personalities connected at a distance.

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