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The Principality of Monaco's International Fireworks Competition to Shine over Port Hercule This Summer

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.

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From Russia to Monaco with Love...

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.

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