Monaco marks the ‘Year of the Dragon’

Monaco has nurtured relations with China through a festive Chinese New Year celebration held in the Principality, which brought together a number of dignitaries from both nations.

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, which will begin on 10th February, the Monaco-China Association, with the support of the Monaco Embassy in China, organised a ‘Dragon Evening’ on 29th January at the Fairmont Hotel.

Symbolising strength and fortune in Chinese astrology, the legends connected to the Wood Dragon predict that 2024 will be a dynamic year of abundance, success and prosperity.

Monday evening blended Chinese culture with Mediterranean gastronomy and brought together guests from Monaco and China’s diplomatic, economic and cultural spheres. Among the dignitaries present were Christophe Steiner, Director of the Office of Prince Albert II, Ambassador of Monaco to China Marie-Pascale Boisson, and Dong Guangli, Consul General of China in Marseille.

The Tianjin Theater and Opera Troupe showcased an ancient and multidisciplinary Chinese art performance at the event, incorporating storytelling, dance, music and acrobatics in stunning traditional costumes.

Various aspects of Chinese culture also adorned the evening, including the Lion Dance, tai chi demonstrations, Chinese calligraphy, a guzheng concert of traditional Chinese music and contemporary Chinese pop songs.


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Photo: Marie-Pascale Boisson, Ambassador of Monaco to China, source: Government Communication Department