Gala in Paris for Prince Albert II Foundation
Prince Albert attended a special Gala Concert for the benefit of the Prince Albert II Foundation at the Salle Garveau, a mythical venue for classical music in the heart of Paris. Alexander Gadjev, pianist and winner of the Prince Rainier III prize during the Monte-Carlo Piano Masters, opened the evening by performing pieces by Chopin and Liszt. Headlining the event were tenor Roberto Alagna and soprano singer Aleksandra Kurzak, who performed opera pieces from Othello and Carmen. The concert, which captivated audience members, was followed a raffle to benefit the Foundation and its many environmental projects.
Prince Albert celebrates Max Biaggi’s return to Grand Prix
Prince Albert helped usher in the 2019 season for the “Max Racing Team” at the Yacht Club of Monaco. The official ceremony was organized to announce that Italian driver Max Biaggi has reached his goal: returning to the Grand Prix Moto3, a race reserved for 250cc motorcycles. The members of his team were also presented at the ceremony, and include: Austrian driver Peter Oettl, who will be the manager of the team for the 2019 world championship and driver Aron Canet. Many Italian personalities were in attendance, including the iconic DJ Ringo, singer Umberto Tozzi, football player Marco Simone and singer Max Pezzali. The MotoGP 2019 IRTA tests will be held on 1, 2 and 3 March.
Princely Family’s Holiday in South Africa
Princess Charlene her children Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella arrived in South Africa on 7 February. The next day, the three of them visited Princess Charlene’s parents to celebrate her father’s birthday before visiting some schools supported by the Princess Charlene foundation. Prince Albert then joined his family for a holiday around South Africa. Together, the Princely family visited different regions of Princess Charlene’s home country.
Prince Albert attends Human Rights Photography Exhibition
Prince Albert II visited the ‘Declarations’ photography exhibition by renowned Franco-Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado on 21 February, in the presence of the artist and his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado, who curated the exhibition. Thirty images were on display at the Musée de l’Homme Trocadero in Paris to uniquely commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (signed on 10 December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot, next door to the Musée de l’Homme). These black and white photographs, in large and medium format, were taken all over the planet over the last 40 years of Sebastiao Salgado’s career and feature the daily life of women and men at work. The strong images perfectly illustrate certain articles of the Declaration, including the right to asylum, freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and the right to work.
In the afternoon, the Sovereign Prince presented the Medal of Cultural Merit of the Principality to Sebastiao Salgado at the Monaco Embassy in the presence of the artist’s relatives. The Prince Albert II Foundation supports the reforestation and preservation of water resources with Instituto Terra in Brazil, founded by Lélia and Sebastiao Salgado. The ‘Declarations’ exhibition is open to the public until June 2019.