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A Stunning Revamp of the Cafe de Paris and other Monaco news

It was another busy week in Monaco. In case you were too busy and could have missed something interesting, read this digest with the most interesting news and stay updated.

15th Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival Lineup does not Disappoint

Jazz Festival

The Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival is back this year, with a program of seven toe-tapping, finger-snapping concerts from 23 November to 4 December, featuring international musical sensations. Founded in 2006 by Jean-René Palacio, the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival is known for programming the greatest jazz performers of our time. For this 15th Festival, which will take place at the Opéra Garnier, the program features Avishai Cohen, Jamie Cullum, Steve Hackett, Gregory Porter and more. Artists who all prove that jazz music is still very much alive today.

Retail in Monaco: Reported loss of €170 million in 2020

Retail in Monaco: Reported loss of €170 million in 2020
Photo by Artem Beliaikin from Pexels

Retail is one of the Principality’s main sectors in terms of turnover. In 2020, retail trade had 813 active establishments, or 4 more than in 2019. Retail development since 2011 has been relatively stable. Over the last 10 years, 508 establishments have been created, while 490 were delisted (totalling 18 additional establishments).

The IMSEE recently published a report summarizing retail trade in Monaco in 2020, including GDP, turnover, employees and establishments.

The start of the judicial year 2021/2022 is crowned by a Solemn Ceremony

The start of the judicial year 2021/2022
© Manuel Vitali – Direction de la Communication

The traditional Solemn Hearing marking the start of the Judicial Year and the re-entry of the Courts and Tribunals was held this last Friday, October 1 at the Palais de Justice, in the presence of HSH the Sovereign Prince, assisted by the Secretary of State for Justice, Director of Judicial Services, surrounded by the Minister of State, the Archbishop of Monaco, the President of the National Council and many personalities. It was preceded by the Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebrated in the Cathedral of Monaco. This Solemn Hearing marks the start of the judicial year 2021/2022.

Surprise Announcement of a Stunning Revamp of the Cafe de Paris

Cafe de Paris
@Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer

Difficult to imagine the Cafe de Paris not in full swing for an hour, never mind months. If any icon represents the beating heart of the Principality, it is Casino Square itself, the Cafe de Paris and its Belle Époque surrounds that warrant everyday applause. 

So it took a Press Conference at the Hotel Hermitage with deputy chairman of SBM Jean-Luc Biamonti speaking to reveal a spectacular project heretofore somewhat “hush hush” that would launch Cafe de Paris as a beacon optimistically leading us out of the “Covid era”.

A Global Player and First in Europe: Monaco launches its own Sovereign Digital Cloud

Just Launched is the Sovereign State Cloud in the Principality of Monaco, a European first in the pursuit of Monegasque competitiveness.

As part of the Extended Monaco program, the Prince’s Government is now launching Monaco Cloud, a key tool in the deployment of economic influence in Monaco and beyond its borders. With 5G coverage, equipment for individuals in 10 Giga Fibre and the deployment of digital identity, the Principality of Monaco has the digital infrastructure necessary to develop its economy and shine on a global scale through its pioneering model.

Expo Dubai kicks off with 2,000 visitors to Monaco’s Pavilion

Monaco Pavilion is ready for Expo Dubai this October

Expo Dubai officially kicked off on 1 October, with Monaco as one of the participating 192 nations. The Principality’s pavilion, entitled ‘Monaco 360°’ is already experiencing high-traffic, with 1,500 to 2,100 visitors per day.

A “pre-opening” event by invitation only was organized on Friday 24 September. That day, Monaco’s pavilion had 1,200 visitors. The public launch on Friday 1 October saw 2,100 visitors.

Zumub is AS Monaco’s new Official Sports Nutrition Supplier

New player joins AS Monaco on loan

The brand Zumub joins the family of AS Monaco partners in supporting the players in terms of performance, training and sports nutrition.

Since nutrition is at the heart of football performance, AS Monaco attaches particular importance to the selection of what it offers to the first team’s players. Zumub has the largest selection of sports nutrition supplements and products in Europe, with more than 10,000 products available on its website,

Beautiful Stamps Galore of Princely Visits and Monte Carlo, ever in the Cinema

Beautiful Stamps Galore of Monaco

Casino Royale, James Bond, the fabulous allure of the Salle Garnier, the Casino de Monte Carlo and Aston Martins competing with Ferrari’s on Casino Square outside Hotel de Paris. A Cinematographer’s dream indeed. 

Film Producers and Directors have caught on. The Belle Époque splendour and the Casino have become a magnet for film makers and particularly for posters publicizing their films. So much so that James Bond has not had an exclusive on this iconic setting. 

The Principality in its turn decided to issue stamp collections to celebrate the film posters made with Monte Carlo as the setting. You too can become a collector. 

Inauguration of the beautiful new premises of the Rainier III Academy

The Rainier III Academy Takes on A New Shine, Thoroughly Modernised
@Axel Bastello/Palais Princier

It was in the presence of HSH the Sovereign Prince and Mayor Georges Marsan that the inauguration of the new premises of the Rainier III Academy took place.

The building, completely rehabilitated, was delivered on time for the start of the new school year, recently started. Indeed, the building has been completely redesigned and refurbished and as specified by Georges Marsan, “… today we have a coherent, modern and aesthetic structure with quality acoustics.”

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