5th MONTE-CARLO GALA FOR PLANETARY HEALTH

HSH PRINCE ALBERT II CELEBRATED SHARON STONE FOR HER HUMANITARIAN COMMITMENT 

L-R: H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Sharon Stone ©Eric Mathon Palais Princier

A very special evening, probably the most important event of the year in the Principality of Monaco, because it is dedicated to the Planet, Oceans, Humanity and all this is really the priority that concerns everyone.

It was a privilege to be there to follow the arrival of so many important and famous guests, but above all it was the confirmation that only by working together can we act concretely, as HSH Prince Albert II continues to repeat , when he talks about climate change, biodiversity, water resources, pollution and humanitarian commitment.

The 5th Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health took place on Thursday 23 September at the Prince’s Palace, for the first time at the Sovereign’s home. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is the world’s leading Foundation for the protection of the environment, focusing its efforts on climate change, biodiversity, and water resources. This year the FPA2 is proud to join forces with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, which is committed to both saving and inspiring young lives with educational and development initiatives. 

Ms. Stone acknowledged her special bond by stating, “It is a joy and an honor to share this evening with my long-time dear friend and compatriot His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco. We have known each other our entire adult lives and once again our friendship deepens as we share this common goal. It is with great humility that I accept this honor to serve at His command.” 
In her speech and in reference to the health of our world and ourselves during the pandemic, Ms. Stone stated, “One of the things that happens most directly during these times that we stay alone is that we understand the importance of being present. When you see what’s happening to our environment, we understand most predominately what being present in ourselves and in our world means.”
She reminded the Gala audience that walking past a plastic bottle in the street should instead be a simple thing to pick up and recycle. “You can change your individual behavior and your individual sense of responsibility and care” ending with, “I would like to ask all to consider doing this effort that you’ve made this evening a regular daily basis. When you go out, don’t be too proud to pick up the trash.”

HSH Prince Albert the II of Monaco addressed the Monte Carlo Gala audience with a reminder of the continuing theme of the Gala – the protection of our environment and the impact of climate change. “Our Lives have Changed, our society has changed, our future has changed,” declared the Sovereign. “…the world has grasped the dramatic scale of the climate challenge we are facing. …Because what unites us is not only the urgency…It is also a sense of responsibility.“We must refuse closing our eyes faced with situations that concern us all, whatever our circumstances and wherever we live…the deterioration of the ocean has devastating effects on the coastal population and on humanity as a whole…plastic pollution contaminates the food chain and contaminates each one of us. …that the disappearance of the most fragile ecosystems, such as the corals, will deprive us of essential resources in the future.” His gratitude to those in attendance came with the assurance of “we will do our utmost to be worthy of your confidence.”

L-R: Lucas Bravo, Pom Klementieff, H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Sharon Stone, Orlando Bloom, Jessica Michel, Milutin Gatsby, Mélanie Laurent, Gaspard Ulliel ©Eric Mathon Palais Princier

Some celebrities at gala: Orlando Bloom, Alì Jay, Gaspard Ulliel, Lucas Bravo (Emily in Paris), Jon KortaJarena, Julian Lennon, Pom Klementieff, Melanie Laurent, Prado Fonseca, Isabeli Fontana, Cindy Kimberly, Frida Aasen, Sofia Resing.

Launched in 2006, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has become a leading NGO for the preservation and education of sustainable development on a global scale. For fifteen years, the Foundation has significantly contributed to almost 700 projects focused on three main areas – climate change, biodiversity and water.

Presided by HSH the Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health is organised by His Foundation and Mr. Milutin Gatsby, Global Fundraising Chairman, with the support of the Monaco Yacht Show, the Oceanographic Institute, the Yacht Club of Monaco, the Société des Bains de Mer and the Monaco Private Label.

Monte-Carlo Gala Honorees
2017: Leonardo DiCaprio (Monte Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean)
2018: Orlando Bloom (Monte Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean)
2019: Robert Redford (Monte Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean)
2020: Sting (Monte Carlo Gala for Planetary Health)
2021: Sharon Stone (Lifetime Achievement Award)

MONTE CARLO TIMES, SEPTEMBER 2021

In this issue the article dedicated to the new green route of the Yacht Club of Monaco.

The Principality of Monaco and the sea is an everlasting, deep and indissoluble bond. In a complicated period for everything and everyone, it is crucial to have a vision capable of going beyond, of imagining today how it should be tomorrow. The “Monaco, Capital of Yachting” project aims to position the Principality as a reference point for the sector worldwide. This is the vision of the Yacht Club of Monaco, which to achieve it has embarked on a new route, aiming with ambition at a strictly eco-responsible development and thus reflecting the will of its President, Prince Albert II, in collaboration with the foundation that bears his name (FPA2).

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GOLDEN FOOT AWARD 2021

Only one winner out of 10 candidates will leave his own footprint for all eternity on the famous Champions’ Promenade of the Principality of Monaco.

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Voting to elect the footballer who will be awarded the prestigious Golden Foot Award 2021 is officially open.

Ten candidates and only one winner, chosen exclusively by the supporters and football lovers in the world. Everybody can express their preference, connecting directly to the official web site www.goldenfoot.com until the 31st October 2021. Who will succeed Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2020 winner?

Here are the 10 star champions in the running for the 19th Golden Foot Award:
Lionel MessiRobert LewandowskiGiorgio ChielliniNeymar Jr.Mohamed SalahSergio RamosSergio AgüeroGerard PiquéKarim BenzemaRumelu Lukaku.

The Golden Foot Award can be awarded only to footballers in activity, having turned 28. It is the unique prize worldwide which can be given a player only once in his career and the recognition that opens doors of the famous Champions’ Promenade in the Principality of Monaco, the only place in the world where all the footprints of those champions who wrote “the history of football” are collected.  

Maradona, Pelé, Eusebio, Zinédine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best, Zlatan IbrahimovicRoberto Baggio, are among the 80 star players who were awarded the prize and left their footprints forever.

The Awards Ceremony and the laying of footprints of the 19th Golden Foot Award will take place on the 29thNovember 2021 in the Principality of Monaco, on the occasion of the prestigious Champion’s Gala at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo.

In addition, the Golden Foot Legend Award will be given to some unforgettable champions of the past and the Golden Foot Prestigeestablished in 2020, reserved exclusively to a club president in activity, who stood out for the results achieved by his team.

The Golden Foot Award, conceived and organized by the World Champions Club in the Principality of Monaco, was born in 2003 and since its first edition it has been under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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ZUCCHERO SUGAR FORNACIARI LIVE IN MONTE CARLO, THE JOY OF RETURNING TO A CONCERT AND TALKING ABOUT MUSIC

Talking and writing about music is one of my favorite activities, as well as imagining and organizing events where music is an essential element, whether it’s a DJ set, or a live show by an artist or a band. But returning to attend a live concert and then telling listeners and readers about it was a very special moment.

Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari had already been there in Monte Carlo, I also had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing him many years ago. The artistic direction of the Societé des Bains de Mer wanted it again in concert in the Salle des Étoiles on Sunday 25 July, for the Sporting Summer Festival 2021. When they called me to attend INACUSTICO LIVE by Zucchero I accepted with enthusiasm. A tour of only 15 concerts and one of these in Monaco. Unmissable!
I was sure that, once again, the great artist would leave his mark with his music, in front of an international audience.

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LIVE ON RADIO MONTE CARLO EVERY FRIDAY FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT INITIATIVES IN THE PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO

Monaco F1 Grand Prix, Gala of Monaco Red Cross, World Earth Day, Monte-Carlo Film Festival, Golden Foot Award, International Jumping …

Events, shows, music, art, dance, environment and sustainability, boating, sports and more.

Every week something important happens in Monaco and since May, every Friday between 10.15 and 10.30 I speak live from Monaco on Radio Monte Carlo, to tell listeners from all over Italy and a part of the Côte d’Azur, the news of the week.

All news with photos are also immediately published on the official website of Radio Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco section.

And for special but also exceptional events, I am on the air at any time, even with my article and photos of the news published on the radio website.

Stay tuned!
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GALA OF MONACO RED CROSS, EMOTIONS UNDER THE STARS WITH JAMIE CULLUM

It was truly a special evening for the approximately 700 participants who, on Friday 16 July, gathered in the new Place of Casino and it was a privilege to be part of it. The Gala of the Monegasque Red Cross, organized by the Societé des Bains de Mer, took place outdoors and for the occasion the event became the first “Summer Concert”, starring the British artist Jamie Cullum.

S.A.S. le Prince Albert II et S.A.R. la Princesse de Hanovre entoures de Monsieur et Madame Gareth Wittstock, Charlotte Casiraghi-Rassam, Andrea et Tatiana Casiraghi, Beatrice et Pierre Casiraghi. ©Palais Princier/SBM

Prince Albert II, president of the Monegasque Red Cross, arrived at 8.30 pm and with him were his sister, Princess Caroline of Hannover with the three children Casiraghi: Pierre accompanied by his wife Béatrice, Andrea with his wife Tatiana and Charlotte, but without her husband Dimitri Rassam. Also absent is the wife of the Sovereign, Princess Charlène, who is in South Africa. Present the brother of the Princess of Monaco, Gareth Wittstock with her consort.

At 10.30 pm Jamie Cullum took the stage, a magnificent performance in a night under the stars different from all those preceded by over a year and a half.

Jamie Cullum. ©Palais Princier/SBM

An event that honored the great work done by the Monegasque Red Cross, to which the proceeds from the gala are destined to support its humanitarian actions.

AWARDS AT THE 18th MONTE-CARLO FILM FESTIVAL OF COMEDY

SATURDAY JUNE 5 AT THE GRIMALDI FORUM THE CEREMONY PRESENTED BY EZIO GREGGIO

The gala evening with the award ceremony of the 18th Monte-Carlo Film Festival of Comedy, took place at the Grimaldi Forum on Saturday 5 June 2021 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. An event chaired by Ezio Greggio.

The Jury, made up of Raoul Bova (President), Mario de la Rosa, Giacomo Ferrara, Mario Sesti, deliberated and awarded the prizes:

To the Spanish film SENTIMENTAL directed by Cesc Gay the prize for the best film and
Argentinian actress Griselda Siciliani received the award for best actress.

The award for best director was won by Adam Rehmeier for the comedy DINNER IN AMERICA.

Todd Stephens‘ other American film SWAN SONG won the Audience Award and Udo Kier won the Best Actor award.

The Monte-Carlo Film Festival Jury wished to award a special mention to the Israeli film HONEYMOOD, directed by Talya Lavie.

Finally, the “Short Comedy Award” in the section dedicated to short films went to WICHITA by Sergine Dumais (USA-Canada).

On the stage of the Grimaldi Forum in Monte-Carlo, Ezio Greggio presented the award ceremony. International and Italian guests from the small and big screen participated. Successful actor Chazz Palminteri (“Once Upon a Time in the Bronx”, “The Usual Suspects”, “Shots on Boradway”, “Modern Family”) arrived straight from the United States to receive the prestigious “Movie Legend” Award ”. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for “Shots on Broadway” by Woody Allen, he recently appeared on “Godfather of Harlem”.

Return to Monaco and one more prize to Nick Vallelonga (winner of two “Academy Awards” for “Green Book”) who chaired the jury of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival last year. Radiant Italian actress Micaela Ramazzotti, nominated several times and winner of the “David di Donatello” for the film “La prima cosa bella”, she was awarded the prestigious “Monte-Carlo Award” for her career. Actress, presenter and writer Rocio Munos Morales received the “Monte-Carlo Award” for her exceptional role as a woman, mother, writer and model of “empowerment”.

The Monte-Carlo Film Festival Award was also presented to the President of the Jury Raoul Bova, to the Spanish actor Mario de la Rosa and to the Italian Giacomo Ferrara, who were members of the jury for this edition.
Among the celebrities, the audience applauded Antonia Truppo, Francesco Di Leva, Giovanni Esposito, protagonists of the new comedy “Benvenuti a casa Esposito”, which premiered at the Film Festival of Comedy on June 4th. Spotlight also on the former player of the national team of Italy and Juventus of Turin, Claudio Marchisio, and on the stars of TV and cinema in Italy Giancarlo Magalli, Enzo Iacchetti, Remo Girone, the actress and Brazilian model Desirée Popper, presenter Elisa Isoardi.
Applause also for the young singer Leo Gassmann, idol of teenagers, (X Factor Italy and Sanremo Festival Youth category) and who has performed on stage with his new single “Down”.
Monegasque and Italian personalities present were called on stage to present the awards. Among them: the Mayor of Monaco Georges Marsan, the Government Counselor – Minister of External Relations and Cooperation Laurent Anselmi, as well as the Italian Ambassador to Monaco Giulio Alaimo.
The event, in collaboration with EFG Bank (Monaco) and Marlù Gioielli, has always taken place under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Italian Embassy. Once again this year Radio Monte Carlo was the official radio of the Festival.

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ALAIN DUCASSE VS YANNICK ALLÉNO: DOUBLE INTERVIEW WITH EXCEPTIONAL CHEFS, 29 MICHELIN STARS IN TOTAL

Alain Ducasse and Yannick Alléno ©GO Monte Carlo

The exceptional meeting with the Master of contemporary Mediterranean gastronomy, Alain Ducasse and with the great chef Yannick Alléno. Between them 12 years of difference and 29 Michelin stars in total (20 for Ducasse and 9 for Alléno), obtained with their restaurants in France, in Monaco and in the world.

I met and interviewed them during a gourmet event in the Principality of Monaco, which brought to the table for some privileged guests, a sublime triumph of dishes signed by one and the other.

by Andrea Munari

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GREAT MOVIES AND CELEBRITIES AT THE 18th MONTE-CARLO FILM FESTIVAL OF COMEDY

The 18th edition of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival de la Comédie has started. 
The event chaired by Ezio Greggio takes place from May 31 to June 5, 2021 in the Principality of Monaco.
The presentation press conference took place at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo hotel on Tuesday, June 1, in compliance with sanitary rules: “We are happy to have succeeded in carrying out this edition in a difficult context – started Ezio Greggio – As they say for the show, the Comedy must also continue, “The Comedy must go on”, because it is the genre that has always told our story the best ”.

From left Giacomo Ferrara, Mario de La Rosa, Raoul Bova, Ezio Greggio, Chazz Palminteri, Mario Sesti, Nick Vallelonga ©Rosanna Calò

This is evidenced by the films selected and screened at the Grimaldi Forum until Friday, June 4, which tell and reflect the daily life of today, with themes such as the family in its different forms, generational conflicts, sex and emancipation of women.

The winners of this edition will be chosen by the international jury chaired by Italian actor Raoul Bova, accompanied by the actors Giacomo Ferrara and Mario de la Rosa, and the director and film critic Mario Sesti, who, speaking about the current period which sees us confronted with the health emergency, recalled that “It is the most tragic moments that have given rise to great comedies”, and quoting a sentence from Pirandello : “To make people laugh you have to be terribly serious“.

Two Hollywood stars were also the guests of the press conference: American actors, directors, screenwriters and producers Chazz Palminteri, who will receive the “Career Award” at the gala on Saturday June 5, and Nick Vallelonga, twice Oscar winner for the film “Green Book: on the roads of the South”, and president of the jury of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival last year.

The long-awaited grand finale will take place during the award ceremony, on the traditional Gala scheduled for Saturday 5 June at the Grimaldi Forum and during which Ezio Greggio, with his many guests from cinema and television, will reward this year’s winners.

Already confirmed the “Movie Legend Award 2021”, awarded to Chazz Palminteri (“Once upon a time in the Bronx”, “Usual Suspects”, “Shots on Broadway”, “Modern Family”), nominated at the Oscars for Best Actor in a supporting role for “Shots on Broadway” by Woody Allen and which recently appeared in “Godfather of Harlem”. The “Career Prize” will go to Italian actress Micaela Ramazzotti, nominated several times for the “David di Donatello” Prize and winner of the “David di Donatello Prize for Best Actress” for “La prima cosa bella”.

Giancarlo Magalli, the presenter par excellence will also participate in the Gala evening with Enzo Iacchetti, the longtime companion of Ezio in ‘Striscia la Notizia’ (satirical news program on the first italian TV channel Canale 5 of the Mediaset Group); Brazilian actress and model Desirée Popper, and Antonia Truppo, Francesco Di Leva, Giovanni Esposito, protagonists of the new comedy “Benvenuti a casa Esposito”, which will have its world premiere at the Monte-Carlo Film Festival on Friday June 4th.

Also eagerly awaited: Elisa Isoardi, the attractive Elisabetta Gregoraci, the former footballer Claudio Marchisio and the actress, presenter and writer Rocio Munos Morales, who will receive the “Monte-Carlo Award” for her exceptional role, as a woman, mother, writer and empowerment model. During the evening, the idol of teenagers in Italy, released from the TV talent “X Factor” and who has asserted himself among the New Proposals at the music event Sanremo Festival in 2020, Leo Gassmann, will perform on stage with his new single “Down”.

The main objective of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival is the promotion of the different genres of comedy through previews of films in competition and out of competition. A unique showcase on the international scene for a genre highly appreciated by the public but generally considered “minor” by the critics. But thanks to the event designed by Ezio Greggio and the late Maestro Mario Monicelli (Festival co-founder), it has reassessed comedy at other international festivals such as Cannes, Rome, Berlin and Venice.

The event, in collaboration with EFG Bank (Monaco) and Marlù Gioielli, has always taken place under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Italian Embassy in Monaco. Also this year Radio Monte Carlo is the Official Radio of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival.

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MONACO E-PRIX FORMULA E, ON TV CHANNEL ‘ITALIA 1’ LIVE FROM THE PITS AND THE INTERVIEW WITH PRINCE ALBERT II

A day of emotions on Saturday 8 May 2021, with Radio Monte Carlo and ITALIA 1 tv channel, for the 4th e-PRIX in Monaco. Live from the pits in the pre-race television special, to talk about my meeting at the Palace Princier with Prince Albert II and transmit to Italian viewers an extract of the exclusive interview with the sovereign, in which he talks about sustainability and the need to act now, all together, against climate change.