The celebration weekend of the Monte-Carlo SBM's 150th anniversary
Although the entire year of 2013 is Monte-Carlo SBM‘s 150th anniversary, the prestigious anniversary celebration event took place in Monaco from 5 to 7 July 2013.
On Friday 5 July, a picnic prepared by Alain Ducasse opened the festivities. The Place du Casino was entirely covered with grass for the occasion, offering onlookers a surprising backdrop and a glimpse into the past of that very same location 150 years ago when it was a wild plateau with planted olive trees.
In keeping with his Mediterranean inspiration, Alain Ducasse prepared gamberoni from San Remo, osso bucco and wild strawberries with mascarpone.
After dinner, Carole Bouquet, master of ceremonies for the evening, invited attendees to a concert in the Salle Garnier. The pianist Lang Lang opened the programme, followed by Lady Shirley Bassey and then Jamie Cullum. All three artists were accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo.
The prestigious guests of this unforgettable evening then gathered on the Casino terrace to watch the film Monte-Carlo fait son cinéma (Monte-Carlo Takes to the Big Screen), a tribute to the many legendary films for which Monaco has been the backdrop, including GoldenEye, To Catch a Thief, L’arnacoeur (Heartbreaker) and Grand Prix.
The following day in the Salle des Arts of the Sporting d’Hiver, the exhibition by artists Fernando and Umberto Campana entitled Dangerous Luxury was inaugurated. Attendees then gathered at the Monte-Carlo Beach for a market with 100% organic live cooking. Then, at the end of the day, the indomitable Rod Stewart gave a stunning performance at the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Monte-Carlo.
Year-long festivities during 2013
The surrounding installation for the film Monte-Carlo fait son cinéma (Monaco Takes to The Big Screen) was created by two artists: Jean Mus set up the garden and Michel Redolfi was in charge of sound creation. The film will be showing until the end of the summer, just like the Monte-Carlo Summer Festival which will be hosting international music greats such as Barbara Hendricks, Santana, Bran Ferry, Joe Cocker, Mika, Eros Ramazzotti and Deep Purple until the end of August.
In November, the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival will take over, and to not leave palates in want, the 150 days, 150 wines event will pay tribute to the long-standing love affair between the Société des Bains de Mer and the world of fine wines.
The national museums of Monaco will also be offering the Monacopolis exhibition all year long, telling the story of 150 years of architecture and urbanism in the Principality of Monaco.