The Principality of Monaco has a new nightspot, The Black Legend Monaco, officially opened on October 31 at Quai Albert 1.
Antoine Chevanne, CEO of Groupe Floirat welcomed His Serene
Highness, Prince Albert II to the kick-off reception along with 1800 VIP guests and a special appearance by groups from the legendary Motown label including "The Supremes" and “Martha Reeves and the Vandellas”.
This fall, the Monaco Government Tourist Office is joining forces with 96.3FM WQXR, the classical station of The New York Times, to mark the centenary of cultural impresario, Sergey Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes in the enchanting Principality.
From September 8 through 30, tune-in to hear masterworks by such renowned Diaghilev contemporaries and collaborators as Igor Stravinsky, Anatoli Liadov, Michael Haydn.
Diaghilev’s extraordinary company, founded in 1909, survived a twenty-year rollercoaster ride of phenomenal successes and crippling problems - and quite simply, revolutionized ballet. A larger-than-life personality himself, he discovered (and nurtured) talented luminaries such as George Balanchine - and his genius for gathering together the most avant-garde composers of the day, Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Debussy and Prokofiev, and designers such as Bakst and Matisse - helped shape the Modernist movement.
Throughout this summer, and for the first time, the monumental works of the eminent Spanish sculptor, Manolo Valdés, will take pride of place on two mythical sites on the Côte d’Azur: the Principality of Monaco and Saint-Tropez. The Monaco exhibition, under the High Patronage of H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince of Monaco will be installed in the Monte-Carlo Casino Gardens and will feature seven massive bronze sculptures which will dominate the area. Four other sculptures will occupy several main sites in the city of Saint-Tropez, accompanied by a group of five sculptures, depicting Las Meninas, at the entrance to the citadel of Saint-Tropez.
For the very first time, the Principality of Monaco’s world-renowned Oceanographic Museum (www.oceano.mc) is exhibiting the fossilized skeleton of an Ophthalmosaurus, a unique reptilian sea creature estimated to be 150 million years old.
The stage is set for the Principality of Monaco’s annual International Fireworks Competition, launching July 7, bringing specialists from around the world to exhibit the latest in pyrotechnic wizardry and attracting thousands of spectators. This summer, last year’s winning country, Austria, will compete against Portugal and France for the grand prize, 100,000 Euros, and a special invitation to return to Monaco to create a fireworks display for the Prince and the Principality on the eve of Monaco’s National Holiday (November 19). Judges rate each display on how the fireworks synchronize with the music as well as the style, color quality and overall special effects.
One hundred years after bursting onto the world’s stage and forever changing the face of dance, the Principality will salute the magic, vision, dynamism and pioneering spirit of Serge Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes in original tribute programs and events throughout 2009 and into 2010. Inspired by his bold imagination and farsighted vision, 100 Years of Diaghilev will bring together worldrenowned artists from a variety of cultures in a comprehensive series of dance and musical performances, exhibitions, films, an academic conference, as well as assorted artistic activities showcasing the origins, development and long term influence since debuting in 1909.