Introducing the new Mosaic Art & Music Festival coming up in October

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In just a few days, a brand-new series of classical music concerts called the Mosaic Art & Music Festival will launch in Monaco and Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Here are all the details. 

Spread across the two iconic venues of Cap Ferrat’s Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and the Yacht Club de Monaco, the organisers of the first-ever Mosaic Art & Music Festival say the event will be a “creative hub bringing musicians and music lovers together”. 

Speaking about the programme she has helped curate and indeed create, founder Tatiana Svetlova says, “We’re so excited to bring these musicians to the French Riviera. We can promise thrilling concerts that mark our first festival in this part of the world.” 


The majority of the events will be held at the stunning Villa Ephrussi, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and whose grounds are world-famous for their splendour. The site is worth a trip any time, but next month there will also be the additional draw of four nights of events. 

Established pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja is taking part in a concert alongside talented young performer Eveline Berezovsky on 4th October. Together they will perform pieces by Schubert, Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Shostakovich from 7.30pm.  

The following night, also at 7.30pm, Jacques Rovier will be joined by the up-and-coming David Fray for a piano performance featuring the music of Bach, Schubert and Schumann.  

At 7.30pm on 8th October, crowds will have a chance to hear the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Schumann and Thierry Escaich as played by Edna Stern and Louis-Victor Bak.  

Then, on 29th October, Edna Stern returns at 5.30pm for a concert entitled Fire of Black and White, dedicated to two Czech composers, Karel Reiner and Gideon Klein, who were detained in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Klein died shortly before the end of the war, but his Sonate lives on and will be performed that evening along with Reiner’s Sonate Opus 35 No. 2 ‘Victoire’ Andante. Pieces from Mozart, Schumann and Leos Janacek will also punctuate Stern’s repertoire.  

After the concert, the Villa Ephussi will also host a gala dinner occasion from 7.30pm, featuring entertainment by pianist Evgeny Kissin and actor Veniamin Smekhov, who will commemorate Jewish-Soviet poets who were victims of Joseph Stalin’s antisemitic crusade.  


Two additional festival events will take place at the Yacht Club de Monaco on 14th October. A show created for children by Tatiana Svetlova and Edna Stern, and based on Schumann’s Carnival Opus 9, will come to life, introducing young people to the classical genre through a visual piece featuring a sand artist. There will be a 12pm show in French and a 3pm show in English.  

For tickets and more information, visit the website here


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London to Monaco cyclists complete epic 1,100km ride for charity

Prince Albert II of Monaco was at the finish line in front of the Palais Princier to greet the teams of cyclists who completed the eight-day journey from London to Monaco, raising more than €100,000 for the Blue Marine Foundation in the process.  

After eight days and 1,100 km, the more than 100 cyclists who participated in the 2023 London to Monaco bike ride benefitting ocean conservation charity Blue Marine Foundation reached the Principality on Tuesday 26th September, where they were warmly welcomed by Prince Albert and a much-needed glass of champagne.  

It was also here, at the finish line, that Peter Lürssen, CEO and Managing Director of the German ship building company that bears his family name, gifted a bespoke Blue Marine Electric MOKE to the Prince.  

The ocean-inspired Blue Marine Electric MOKE was exclusively custom-designed by Steve Edge and manufactured in the UK by MOKE International, the world’s first and only heritage brand to go fully electric, and a partner of the Blue Marine Foundation. 

“The London to Monaco cycle ride is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness on the necessity to protect our fragile oceans,” said Prince Albert on the day, whose long-standing activism on behalf of ocean protection is well-documented. 


The Prince then hosted an exclusive Blue Marine Yacht Club event on Thursday 28th September. This took place aboard the incredible MY Phoenix 2 from Lürssen, which was originally designed by another Blue Marine Foundation partner, Winch Design.  

Partygoers had the opportunity to contribute to Blue Marine’s worldwide network of projects, bid on some fantastic items up for auction, become Blue Marine Yacht Club members and have first dibs on purchasing one of only 30 limited edition Blue Marine 30×30 MOKEs. The name is derived from the Foundation’s aim of protecting 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030, and a £10,000 (€11,500) donation was made on the sale of each vehicle.  

The London to Monaco ride, which set off from Somerset House in London, had raised over £100,000 before the ride began. The goal was to raise a further £50,000 by the end of the endeavour, but a final official tally is yet to be announced.  


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