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45th Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival and other Monaco news

If you were too busy to follow the news this week here is a brief summery of the most interesting events that took place.

45th Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival and 10th New Generation – Circus combine to put on an exceptional event!

The Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival Organising Committee is delighted to announce that the 45th Festival and the 10th New Generation Circus will be held at the famous Fontvieille Big Top from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 January 2022. After being deprived of a Festival in 2021, the public will be able to rediscover all the magic of the circus as we mark these two anniversaries.

The Festival will run for nine days rather than the usual eleven, but will still feature the same number of performances, watched by a bigger audience than ever.

Dying Can Wait but the Monaco Yacht Show Reveals James Bond’s Aston Martin “Valhalla” Now

James Bond’s Aston Martin

What would you call a legendary car that’s “hellish fast” surrounded by myths, the stuff of royalty – fit for the world’s bravest epitomized by James Bond. It’s the Aston Martin Valhalla – and 100 of them might grace the garages of the richest connoisseurs on the planet. 

They’ll have to wait at least until 2023 to take delivery but you can take a peek at the concept at The Monaco Yacht Show. The British manufacturer Aston Martin has chosen the event to unveil, not a boat but its future hybrid supercar, to a handpicked few. 

TikTok Comedy with “Guess-Who” Monegasque Racing Ace, Charles in Comic Motion


Many of us have a little bit of Mr. Bean in us – even Charles Leclerc it seems! Small everyday events go comically wrong. Imagine a racing ace suddenly becomes unimaginably incapable of making a smooth mount into his sports car. 

These comic types of antics have earned a Senegalese-Italian influencer over 100 million subscribers on TikTok. Phenomenon of the social network TikTok, the 21-year-old Senegalese Khaby Lame started posting viral videos in March 2020 from Italy. Out of work in Turin in the pandemic, instead of being overwhelmed by circumstance, he turned a difficult situation on its head and started doing short episodes on TikTok of complete ineptness. And Khaby Lame’s hilarious imitations and funny sketches of everyday life have hit the mark with the general public. 

A Year of Carpooling in the Principality – Very Positive Results

A Year of Carpooling in the Principality
Photo by Tobi @ Pexels

On the occasion of European Mobility Week, which began on Thursday 16 September, a progress report on “carpooling,” held on 17 September, brought together all those involved – State Departments and partner businesses. A comprehensive and positive assessment of the subject was followed by a lively, fruitful discussion between all the participants.

As a reminder, a new carpooling scheme was officially launched in the Principality in September 2020.  Flexible, adaptable and particularly suited to commuting, it was based on an application by the Klaxit company, the French leader in short-distance carpooling. It now includes 27 entities, all signatories of the National Pact on Energy Transition, with a total of around 13,000 employees.

Relaxation of Some Important Health Measures, though Masks Remain

Photo by Polina Tankilevitch from Pexels

There is some positive news on the health side in the Principality. The incidence of Covid infections has lowered from the levels earlier in the summer to as low as 31 recently. Less than 40 per 100.000 people is a relatively favourable benchmark. And the percentage of Monaco residents vaccinated continues to rise to 78% – that is just under 27.000 residents. 

Once the percentage vaccinated rises above 90% the likelihood of the whole community being protected further (collective immunity) rises which may give an opportunity for a further relaxation of health measures.

Princess Charlene appointed to a new important position in the PrincipalityPrincess Charlene appointed to a new important position in the Principality

Princess Charlene

While the Princess of Monaco has been recuperating in South Africa, where she is recovering from her health problems and the operations that she has undergone, she was officially appointed to a new important mission in the Principality. According to the French press, Princess Charlene is now vice-president of the Monegasque Red Cross. She has been occupying this function remotely since August 1st and will be in this post going forward for at least three years. Princess Charlene will work in this new position together with her husband Prince Albert II, who is the President of the Monaco Red Cross.

SPORTEL Awards: Champions & emotions

Sportel Monaco 30th Anniversary
Sportel Monaco Awards Ceremony (Grimaldi Forum, 22ndOctober 2019).© Sportel Monaco

Recently, SPORTEL Awards unveiled the Official Selection for the Georges Bertellotti Golden Podium Awards 2021. The laureates will be announced on Tuesday 5 October at 7pm during the Awards Ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco.

The selection process was very difficult for the pre-selection committee who had to judge videos from all over the world like the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Brazil, Italyn Spain and USA…

Christian Louboutin designs for Grimaldi Forum and Rose Ball

Photo Christian Louboutin
Photo Christian Louboutin by @Jeremy Brooks (Licence: 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)) at Flickr

Parisian fashion designer Christian Louboutin, famous for his shoe designs with red lacquered soles, will be featured in an exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum next summer. He will also be behind the next Bal de la Rose in the spring, with a Bollywood theme.

In July 2022, the Grimaldi Forum will host an exhibition dedicated to designer Christian Louboutin for its main summer event. Presented at the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris in spring 2020, the Christian Louboutin exhibition did not have the anticipated success because of the pandemic. It will be reorganized by scenographer Olivier Gabet for a 2022 version with a Monegasque twist.

Bitter Sweet Results for Ferrari and Charles Leclerc in the Russian Grand Prix as Records are Broken

Charles Leclerc

The rain came late in the Russian Grand Prix race in Sochi and changed everything! From then on the Russian Grand Prix presented a completely different challenge in the wet which tossed aside all that had gone before. Those who had pitted and chosen intermediate tyres instead of the slick hard tyres for drier conditions were able to get the most out of their cars in the rain. Those still on the slick hard tyres were casualties…

Monaco Olympic athletes in the spotlight. Interview with Théo Druenne

Interview with Théo Druenne
Portrait of Théo Druenne. © Théo Druenne

Born on the 19th July 2005 in Monaco, he starts swimming at the age of eight becoming a professional athlete. His debut as an athlete starts at the 2021 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. 

He is the youngest athlete to represent the Principality of Monaco at 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo (23rd July – 8th August 2021) where he performed in the Men’s 1500 Freestyle category (30th July 2021).  His sister, Chloe, has competed in the artistic swimming. He has been playing other sports as a hobby like basketball. His sports model is Michael Phelps, the American World Champion swimmer and one of the most successful and decorated Olympians of all time.

AS Monaco Basket announces a new sparkling Season

AS Monaco Basket announces a new sparkling Season
AS Monaco Basket Roca Team.© Direction de la Communication / Michael Alesi

It is a golden time for the “Made in Monaco” professional Basketball! After the remarkable achievement conquered in late April by AS Monaco Basket in Kazan (Russia) where the Monegasque Club won the EuroCup 2020-2021, the Roca Team is more determined than ever in presenting the new Season to the international press at the Monte-Carlo Casino Atrium, on Wednesday the 23rd September 2021.

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