CMB, Grimaldi Forum renew historic partnership

Monaco’s main culture and exhibition centre, the Grimaldi Forum, has secured an exciting schedule of events this year thanks to the resigning of premium sponsor CMB private bank on Monday.

It is a partnership that began in 2005, but each time CMB renews its annual financial support, it is an enormous relief and boost of confidence for the team at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco.

“We thank CMB Monaco for its support and its loyalty, particularly in this context of the health crisis which has been raging for almost two years,” said Grimaldi Forum Chairman Henri Fissore.

The signing of the partnership, which symbolically took place on Monday at the Grimaldi Forum before the press, secures a strong schedule of events for 2022, headed by Managing Director Sylvie Biancheri.

“The programming has to be more and more ambitious,” Biancheri told Monaco Life. “We make a lot of effort to renew the partnership in the best conditions, to meet the expectations of CMB by organsing big names, big shows and big exhibitions. We are very proud to get this renewal for 18 years now, it is very meaningful.”

Photo of the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, by Monaco Life

Headline shows this year include French singer and former first lady Carla Bruni, who performed in January, the “Godfather of Punk” Iggy Pop in May, and French pop singer Christophe Maé also in May.

Modanse, created by the world’s greatest ballet superstar Svetlana Zakharova and featuring stars of Bolshoi, will have its European premier in Monaco in April. Featuring costumes by fashion house Chanel, the unique performance is expected to be a sell-out.

In line with this fusion of the arts theme is the hugely popular annual summer expo which this year is dedicated to fashion designer and shoe icon ‘Christian Louboutin – the exhibition(ist)’ and will take place in the months of July and August.

Other highlights include the Salon du Livre, Thursday Live Sessions and Top Marques.

“The quality of what Sylvie is doing is second to none,” Francesco Grosoli, Managing Director of CMB Monaco, told Monaco Life. “There are many things happening in the Principality, but the visibility that the Grimaldi Forum brings both inside and outside of Monaco is very important.”



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Photo: CMB Managing Director Francesco Grosoli, CMB Chairman Etienne Franzi, Grimaldi Forum Chairman Henri Fissore, and Grimaldi Forum General Manager Sylvie Biancheri, by Monaco Life