After a year-long postponement due to the global pandemic, the Nice Carnival will be back in 2022 under the theme ‘King of the Animals’, with the promise of more of just about everything.
Covid may have wrecked last year’s party, but this coming year the fun is returning. The Nice Carnival has announced its February line up which will include some fun new features and all of the old favourites.
Under the theme ‘King of the Animals’, the event will take place from 11th to 27th February, just in time to kick away any late winter blues.
Preparations are already well underway, the extra year giving organisers plenty of time to pull out all the stops. There is even a chance for a sneak peek at the carnival’s workshops where the festival plans are well underway.
New for this year there will be an election of counts and countesses to complement the king and queen, a series of masterclasses that give the public a chance to learn about the behind-the-scenes machinations as well as the history of the carnival, and guests in the form of the Belgian Carnival for added entertainment.
Traditionalists need not worry as all the classic aspects will be returning as well, such as the flower battles, the crowning of the king and queen and the lighted parades. Additionally, for those who want to take home a bit of Nice Carnival history, a website is under construction to sell old carnival heads.
The designers have been working on the floats for months already and a few of the treats in store have been revealed. There will be penguins lounging on a Venetian gondola, cute for sure, but also a nod to climate change. They are currently working on the moving parts which will transform them into moveable creatures, and the workers say they are on track for February.
The schedule of events will include an hour-long opening ceremony, free to all, starting at 6:30pm in Place Massena. This kick-off to the 149th edition will feature the king and queen, flower strewn floats, the carnival’s herald, standard bearers, musical entertainment, dance troupes, special guests and a sound and light show.
There will be a carnival village set up for the duration of the event in the Jardin Albert I which will host entertainment, gourmet stands, conferences and shows as well as the ticket office. The Théâtre de Verdure will also host shows throughout the festival for added amusements.
Before each parade, the public will be able to get a closer look at the floats near Place Massena, where they will be exhibited and additional grandstands will be set up along the Avenue de Verdun.
The illuminated promenades will start at a more kid-friendly 8pm rather than 9pm, and will run for roughly 90 minutes.
Flower battles, always a big draw at the carnival, will be set up in the middle of Place Massena and, for the first time ever, all the flowered floats will participate in the Grand Corso on the evening of 12th February.
The spectacle ends on the 27th where the public are invited to come see the king’s cremation. This is always a popular event and will be in conjunction with a party in the streets open to all.
Nice Carnival attracts more than 200,000 visitors and is one of the biggest events the city puts on each year.
The Fight AIDS Cup charity match, organised by Louis Ducruet and Romain Goiran, is returning for a second edition, pitting Prince Albert’s Barbagiuans against Princess Stephanie’s Circus Football Club.
The position of Secretary General in the Prince’s government, left open by the retirement of Robert Colle, is being filled by the current Deputy Secretary General, Marc Vassallo.
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The Monaco Air League has announced the Orleans-Borbon Prize Winning Essay Contest, funded by Prince Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon, one of the association’s four patrons.
A generous award of €2000 should stimulate interest towards aviation among young students, with the Prince’s proposed essay theme on: “Leonardo da Vinci designed a working flying machine already 500 years ago. Why did it take half a millennium to realize the dream of flying?”
The contest is open to anyone up to the age of 21, and can be written in English or French, with a maximum two-page submission, single-spaced, standard Times 12 font.
“Exceptionally extensions may be tolerated if contents justify them,” Christopher Foyle, the President of Monaco Air League, tells Monaco Life. “We also ask participants to indicate any sources to prevent plagiarism,” he added.
The deadline is March 1, 2017. Essays can be submitted to email@example.com
As it wrapped up its second year, the Monaco Air League reflected on 2016, including the cocktail reception on Sir Stelios’ terrace on September 6, when 160 guests were treated to two exciting presenters, the young and captivating Melanie Astles, and by “Q”, Quentin Smith, helicopter pilot extraordinaire.
The evening raised €3000 on drinks, which was matched, kindly, by Sir Stelios for a total of €6000.
Other highlights across the year included a visit late July by six students from Monaco who went to the Vulcan Restoration Centre in Doncaster, where they had the opportunity to help restore a Vulcan nuclear bomber and a Canberra.
Donors Marcel Elefant, Brian Gitlin, Christopher Foyle and Sir Stelios renewed or pledged scholarships funds, and the Air League awarded several bursaries to students who had passed the BIA (Brevet d’Initiation Aeronautique) in the summer.
And the possibility of a Monaco Air Display was proposed to the Committee and is envisaged for 2018.
Finally, the launch of the new website had hit a little turbulence but airleague.mc is said to now be a work in progress. (Feature photo: Antonio Litterio)Article first published December 12, 2016.
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The official preview of the digital series "Deep Mare Nostrum" took place on Wednesday night at the Oceanographic Museum in the presence of the Sovereign Prince and the actors in the series.
Created by Jean-Charles Felli and Pierre-Marie Mosconi, produced by Save Ferris and Studio + and directed by Jean-François Julian, the 10-minute series, shot in Monaco, features the world of free-diving - diving without oxygen.
After the death of her twin brother Matt (Pierre Frolla) during a diving championship, Sofia (Caterina Murino) decides to train herself in competition diving to avenge her brother's honour. In sublime marine settings, "Deep" immerses viewers in amazing and fantastic places and brings them to the heart of the universe of free-diving.