Monte-Carlo Television Festival free access Fan Zone: everything you need to know

Ahead of the launch of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in just two weeks’ time, the event’s organisers have announced the roll call of stars who will be making an appearance in the free access Fan Zone. 

From Saturday 15th through to Tuesday 18th June, fans will be able to get up-close and personal with their favourite stars of the small screen. 

During these four days, the Esplanade at the Grimaldi Forum will be transformed into a Fan Zone, which is entirely free and open to the public. There will be a designated space for meeting the actors in attendance, where fans will be able to take selfies with their idols and get autographs, as well as a variety of activities, from table tennis to that classic Mediterranean pastime of pétanque.  

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The Fan Zone will be open from 9am until 6pm on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday, the Fan Zone will be closing a little earlier at 3pm. 

Among the names and TV personalities expected in the Fan Zone are the cast of The Parisian Agency and actors from Chicago MED, FBI New York and Law & Order.  

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“Fans are an essential part of the Festival,” say the organisers, “everything is done to make them feel comfortable during this week of festivities.” 

Inside the venue, a number of conferences and behind the scenes experiences will allow fans to learn more about the filming process of their favourite series, hear from producers, directors and the stars themselves, and watch previews and premieres of the next up-and-coming shows.  

Special VIP passes offering privileged access to the opening and closing ceremonies, award shows and screenings had been available for €49, but have been a victim of their own success and are already sold out. 

However, registration for free passes is still open. To sign up for a free pass, click here.  

The full programme of events and fan sessions can be discovered here.  

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Prince Albert II inaugurates Václav Havel Bench at the Pavillon Bosio

In a touching tribute to the achievements and legacy of Václav Havel, an ardent supporter of democracy, a memorial bench inscribed with the late leader’s personal motto has been erected in the gardens of Monaco’s Pavillon Bosio.  

On Wednesday 29th May, Prince Albert II of Monaco met with Michal Fleischmann, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Principality, in the gardens of the arts school on Avenue des Pins to inaugurate the Václav Havel Bench.

Several other notable figures from the Principality also attended the event, including: Patrice Cellario, Minister of the Interior; Céline Caron-Dagioni, Minister of Equipment, Environment and Urban Planning; and Isabelle Berro-Amadei, Minister of Foreign Relations and Cooperation.

Havel, who died in 2011, is remembered as the last President of Czechoslovakia, the overseer of the peaceful dissolution of the nation and the first President of the Czech Republic. He has become a symbol of democracy worldwide.

Monaco now stands as one nation among more than 50 others, including countries in the Middle East, across Europe and in the Americas, to have erected a tribute in his honour.

The Václav Havel Bench in Monaco was designed by Bořek Šípek and is inscribed with the late leader’s personal motto: “Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred.”

It features two metal garden chairs, representing equality, connected by a round table for unity. From the centre of the table grows a Linden tree, the national tree of the Czech Republic.


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Three innovative start-ups join the MonacoTech community

Following an open call for new projects towards the end of 2023, the MonacoTech start-up incubator unveiled the newest members of its diverse pool of innovators and entrepreneurs at its recent Demo Day event.

Held on Monday 27th May, the MonacoTech Demo Day brought together new and existing members of the pioneering business hub for a presentation of three fascinating concepts in the worlds of healthcare, software and cosmetology.

The event heralded the end of a selection process that began with an open call for projects back in October and November 2023. From a pool of promising start-ups, a panel of experts with links to MonacoTech were tasked with choosing just three ventures that the start-up incubator will now support and nurture.   

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The Demo Day provided these three sets of entrepreneurs with an opportunity to present their projects to an audience that included representatives of the Prince’s Government, members of the Principality’s private sector, investors and MonacoTech partners. 

First up was healthcare concept Nursinnov, founded by Angeline Pena Prado, which addresses safety concerns in the sector by developing a medical device to prevent accidents and exposure to blood-borne viruses and infections. 

Moving onto the tech world, Monte Digital by Anatoly Gorlov aims to establish a tech platform that will help private banks, wealth managers and multi-family offices serve their clients more efficiently.  

Representing innovation in the beauty industry, La Purative, founded by Stefan Parkes, presented its ambitions to launch a certified organic cosmetic products line that will be manufactured in the Principality. La Purative’s products are free of harmful ingredients and are fully biodegradable and refillable.  

Finally, a very special new project by NetO, a MonacoTech-backed start-up since 2022, was given its moment in the spotlight, with co-founders Sofia Fominova and Dmitry Aksenov presenting their latest innovation: a smart buoy designed to revolutionise oceanic data collection. 

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Monaco Auction Week returning in July with exquisite accessories and rare collectors’ items

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From high-end jewellery and luxury timepieces to art and sculptures, this summer’s Monaco Auction Week by Artcurial promises a diverse line-up of lots, including a very special collection of sports memorabilia that was once on display at Stars’N’Bars.

It has been confirmed that Artcurial’s Monaco Auction Week will be taking place at the Hôtel Hermitage between 6th and 10th July.  

The initial two days of the event will be dedicated to viewings of the varied lots, which represent categories as diverse as designer accessories and sporting memorabilia. 

The auctions will begin on 8th July with an event showcasing a collection of exquisite timepieces from brands including Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Harry Winston. One particularly stand-out piece from this section of the sales is a Patek Philippe 5050J perpetual calendar watch, which is expected to fetch between €30,000 and €50,000.  

On the same day, more than 200 pieces of sports memorabilia collected over the years by Stars’N’Bars owners Kate Powers and Didier Rubiolo are due to be auctioned. The highlight of this category is a replica Ayrton Senna racing helmet that has an estimated worth of €4,000 to €6,000.  

The replica of a 1994 helmet worn by Ayrton Senna during his time at Williams is expected to fetch between €4,000 and €6,000. Photo courtesy of Artcurial

On 9th July, there will be a stand-alone sale dedicated to Piaget, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2024. This event will feature items such as a unique 1973 gold and lapis-lazuli pendant anticipated to sell for between €100,000 and €150,000, among many other treasures.  

The main jewellery auction will take place over two days, on 9th and 10th July. Many of the biggest maisons and marques will be represented here, including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari. A notable highlight is the Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra necklace in white gold, which is estimated to be worth between €50,000 and €60,000. 

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Handbags will get their time in the spotlight on the final day of Artcurial’s Monaco Auction Week, and bidders should anticipate a list of lots heavy in Hermès’ finest creations.  

The Monaco Sculptures auction will also be held on 10th July. It will include contemporary artworks from artists like César, Salvador Dalí and Jean-Michel Othoniel.  

Public viewings of the lots listed by Artcurial will be possible between 12pm and 7pm on 6th and 7th July.  

For more information, click here.  

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Mare Nostrum Swim Tour’s final leg attracts top athletes to the Stade Louis II

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As the Mare Nostrum Swim Tour approaches its final leg, all eyes are on Monaco and the Prince Albert II pool at Stade Louis II, which will welcome top swimmers from around the globe, including several Olympic contenders, at the start of June. 

Back in 1992, the Canet 66 Swimming Club of Canet-sur-Roussillon in the Pyrénées-Orientales and the Spanish city of Barcelona joined forces to establish the Mediterranean Grand Prix swimming contest. Two years later, the Principality of Monaco was invited to join, leading to the birth of the Mare Nostrum Swim Tour. 

Today, these three interconnected meets have become a highlight for swimmers worldwide. 

The 2024 edition began in Canet in late May. The Barcelona stages are taking place between 29th and 30th May, with the competition set to conclude in Monaco on 1st and 2nd June. 

Over 60 of the world’s top swimmers are confirmed to be attending this final leg in the Principality, including several athletes who will be appearing at the Olympic Games in Paris this summer.  

Among the stellar talents gracing the event are: the UK’s Tom Dean, Freya Anderson and James Wilby; Canada’s rising star Ingrid Wilm; France’s three-time Olympian and world silver medallist Marie Wattel; and Japan’s Tomoru Honda, the reigning 200-metre butterfly world champion and an Olympic silver medallist. 

For spectators eager to witness the excitement first-hand, the full programme of events is available here. The event will also be streamed live.


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Mr. One Teas among the international street artists set to star at UPAINT Monaco

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A dozen of the world’s most famous and talented street artists will be heading to the Principality for four days of live creativity and urban artistry at the 2024 UPAINT Monaco event in early June. 

Between 7th and 10th June, the Promenade du Larvotto will be transformed into an open-air street art gallery showcasing the unique works of a dozen of the world’s top urban artists and graffiti maestros, including Monaco’s own Mr. One Teas.

The UPAINT Monaco event is the realisation of a concept dreamt up by Monaco resident Alberto Coleman, who has a long-standing appreciation for urban art. He was inspired to launch an event promoting this playful style of art in Monaco after witnessing a live performance by Mr. One Teas in 2013.

This year’s line-up includes Canadian sensation Alex, graffiti pop artist Andrew Tosh, architect-turned-street artist Piskv from Italy, animal muralist Nina Valkhoff from the Netherlands and a talented French contingent, including Chanoir, Cofee, Sven, Mathieu 1976 and Harry James. Joining them are Spanish artists El Xupet Negre and Juanjo Surace, along with Mr. One Teas. 

Amateurs will also have the chance to participate, with a dedicated canvas for those who want to try their hand at creating a masterpiece available on-site. 

The organisers of UPAINT are enthusiastic about the upcoming eighth edition of the event, saying, “This unique Monegasque street art festival attracts extraordinary people: our artists who breathe life into the event, our sponsors and partners who help bring our ideas to reality, and the amazing public of art lovers and passers-by, who transform the city into an open art gallery each year.” 

As in previous years, several pieces created by the artists will be auctioned off through the Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo for charity following the conclusion of the main event. The beneficiaries in 2024 include the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, a recipient since 2017, and La Société Protectrice des Animaux (Society for the Protection of Animals), which will use the proceeds to help build a new refuge space for abandoned and homeless animals in the region. 

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