Monaco was thrilled to host the Malagasy Gospel Choir, a singing group made up of young Malagasy people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who were in turn thrilled to take part in a number of activities in the Principality.
From 18th to 23rd Novembeer, meetings, exchanges, concerts, sustainable development and children’s rights were at the heart of a short but intense stay by the Malagasy Gospel Choir in the Principality.
The choir, made up of 12 young girls aged 15 to 23 and a young blind man, is on a European tour with stops in France and Spain. This year, the traveling choir made it to Monaco, where numerous entities came together to welcome them, notably associations such as FAR, the Guides and Scouts of Monaco, the Princess Stéphanie Youth Centre and AMAPEI, all very enthusiastic to make the Monaco stopover an unforgettable stay.
Members of Malagasy Gospel Choir were able to participate in the closing of the No Finish Line, both on the course and on stage; discover the city through a treasure hunt prepared by the FAR; visit the Oceanographic Museum with IUM students as part of their ‘IUM Engage’ program; and meet schoolchildren and participate in International Children’s Rights Day organised by the Department of National Education, Youth and Sports at Princess Antoinette Park, this year honoring the Preventorium Rainier III of Madagascar.
“All these moments allowed for beautiful and deep intercultural exchanges around games, singing and even dancing with the children and young people of Monaco, with an emphasis on sustainable development and environmental protection,” said the government in a statement.
Among the highlights, the Malagasy Gospel Choir performed twice in concert, first on Saturday 18th November at the Troparium of the Rainier III Auditorium, then on Tuesday 21st November at the Saint-Charles Church.
The Malagasy Gospel Choir was created by the Bel Avenir Association in Tuléar, in the southwest of Madagascar. The Malagasy NGO has been supported by the Department of International Cooperation for many years as part of the Public Development Aid policy of the Prince’s Government.
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