The Grimaldi Forum broke records across the board in 2019 and it is hoping to follow that up with another exceptional programme of events in 2020, which marks its 20th anniversary year.
Around 400 people gathered on Tuesday night for the Grimaldi Forum’s annual meeting, where the results of the previous year are traditionally shared and the agenda for the coming year is revealed.
During her speech, Sylvie Biancheri, Director General of the Grimaldi Forum, revealed that Monaco’s premier conference centre hosted a staggering 117 events in 2019, while 290,000 visitors passed through its doors, a healthy jump on the previous year which saw 98 events and 250,000 visitors.
Financially, the Grimaldi Forum was a huge success as well. Turnover exceeded €21.5 million, a 20% increase on 2018 and the fifth consecutive year of growth. The spinoffs for the Principality amounted to €68 million, compared to €50 million five years ago.
The official 20th anniversary of the Grimaldi Forum will be marked in July, with a host of retrospectives and surprises, but the party will continue all year with an exciting variety of shows and events worthy of its reputation.
March will bring the great masters of tango to our shores all the way from Buenos Aires to perform for enthralled audiences in Tango Fire.
Legendary rocker Iggy Pop will play the Forum in April, while the centre will host the world premiere of the latest James Bond thriller Dying Can Wait. There is even talk that 007 himself, Daniel Craig, might attend the screening.
The musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, takes a cue from the cult film of the same name, entertaining crowds with the best hits of the disco era and beyond.
Finally, from July to September, the Grimaldi Forum will be holding an exceptional exhibition-event entitled ‘Monaco and the automobile from 1893 to present’, which will showcase more than 50 historic cars having participated in former Grand Prix or Monte-Carlo rallies, as well as a selection from the Prince’s own collection.
Meanwhile, the Grimaldi Forum and the Compagnie Monegasque de Banque (CMB) have resigned patronage agreements to remain in partnership.
The Grimaldi Forum and CMB have a relationship which spans 15 years, when the bank first joined forces with the convention centre to help fund the development of major exhibitions. This initial partnership soon expanded to include all cultural events as well, paving the way for a host of exciting events and forward-thinking exhibits over the years.
President of CMB Etienne Franzi and CEO Francesco Grosoli both expressed their commitment, saying “The active Patron policy of CMB confirms its will to contribute to the cultural influence of Monaco. We are very committed to associating with partners whose image enhances the Principality and our house.”
Urban Painting Around the World (UPAW) saw its third edition in June and raised €25,000 from its art auctions. Last week, that money was officially donated to the Prince Albert II Foundation with the directive of contributing to a project that will protect chimpanzees in Uganda.
The summer’s UPAW event on the Quay Albert 1er saw 10 known street artists and middle school students from the Principality participating in the Street Art Junior Challenge. They gathered to create a three-day art spectacle with the proceeds destined to go to charity. The theme, Endangered Animals, went right to the heart of what many believe to a problem on a critical scale.
Last Tuesday, a check for €25,000 was presented by UPAW to benefit the Chimpanzee, My Brother of the Forest project through the Prince Albert II Foundation.
The presentation took place with representatives from the government and the foundation in attendance, including Olivier Wenden, the foundation’s Vice-President, Bernard Fautrier, Special Advisor to the Prince for the Environment, Marjorie Crovetto Harroch, 2nd Deputy Mayor in Charge of the Environment, Aude Larroche-Ordinas, representing the Tourism and Congresses Department and Alberto Coleman, the event organiser.
Plans for next year’s edition are already underway and the chosen theme for 2020 is The Planet and its colours. The event, which will be expanded to last a week, will have not just the 10 chosen artists and a second year featuring the Street Art Junior Challenge, but will see a few new additions, such as street food vendors and a 3x3 basketball court.
The Monaco-based International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) returns for this year’s 70th Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28) with four different initiatives.
First up, in partnership with the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB), IEFTA will present Dhaka to Cannes, a biennial event in support of emerging filmmakers from Bangladesh. This year's selected participants, Lubna Sharmin, Md Abid Mallick and Kazi Muntasir, will be brought to Cannes to take part in the Producers Workshop hosted by the Marché du Film.
This unique opportunity will include three days of intensive meetings with some of the world’s most prominent filmmakers, film executives and industry power brokers, identifying best practices and relevant programs while focusing on ways in which artistic and commercial efforts can be made sustainable across local and global markets.
A similar initiative, Addis to Cannes, was launched by IEFTA in 2010 in partnership with the Ethiopian Film Initiative to support young Ethiopian filmmakers through a career-developing trip to Cannes. Past participants have gone on to have their films shown in international festivals such as Berlin, Toronto and Venice, and sold to worldwide markets.
Through its mentorship initiative, IEFTA will also sponsor two filmmakers from Mongolia, Tsengel Davaasambuu and Mungunkhuu Distabazar, to the Producers Network.
In addition, as part of IEFTA’s sponsorship of Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival, the runner-up of the Filmmaker of the Future prize – an award for filmmakers campaigning for change – will be brought to Cannes to take part in the Producers Workshop. This year’s participant will be UK-based Italian documentary filmmaker, Pietro Novello.
IEFTA will host on Friday, from 5 pm to 7 pm, a reception at Plage Royal for Dhaka to Cannes: A Celebration of Talent. The event will fete participating Bangladeshi filmmakers from this year's inaugural Dhaka to Cannes initiative, as well as the Mongolian filmmakers, and Watersprite participants.
Lastly, this Sunday, from 10 am to 11:30 am, IEFTA will present its second annual Doc Corner event focusing on the enduring plight of refugees and migrants. Hosted by the Marché du Film, it will be followed by a reception from 5 pm to 7 pm on the beach of Plage 45, honouring filmmakers whose work gives a voice to refugees.
The mission of IEFTA, a Monaco non-profit, non-governmental organisation, is to discover and promote emerging cinema talent from around the world, encourage dialogue between filmmakers, promote cultural diversity and international understanding, and engage the art of cinema. Focusing on the world’s developing regions, IEFTA’s Global Film Expression provides opportunity and education to those with little to no access to resources for cinematic expression. This year marks the 11th anniversary of IEFTA-supported initiatives.
Contact IEFTA for more information.
Article first published May 16, 2017.