A few words from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco

On an official visit to Moscow last year, and in agreement with the President of the Russian Federation, I wished to organise the “2015 – Russian Year in Monaco” operation, as the links between our two countries date back more than 150 years.

This consists of events held on Monegasque territory, as well as initiatives aimed at showcasing the diversity of the relations that exist between Russia and Monaco, particularly at the cultural level, but also in the fields of history, education, science, economics, sport, charities, gastronomy and fashion.

I am delighted that several of the leading exponents of Russian culture are honouring us with their presence, especially the Bolshoi Ballet, which will present a show co-produced with the Director of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo at the inaugural evening of “2015 – Russian Year in Monaco.”I should like to thank and congratulate all the organisers of events and initiatives, my Government and the Russian authorities, whose support was particularly valuable, and extend my warm wishes of success to this wonderful operation.



In 2015, the Principality of Monaco welcomes Russia

“2015 – Russian Year in Monaco” groups together, under one heading, a range of events organised on Monegasque territory that showcase the shared heritage and historical and cultural ties that link these two States.

This year will also highlight relations between Monaco and Russia in the most varied fields – science, education, sport, gastronomy, fashion, etc.

The aim of “Russian Year in Monaco” is to pay tribute to these many and often ancient links and also raise public awareness of Russian culture and traditions.

Dance, with the Bolshoi Ballet, painting, music and opera … as well as Russian folk arts and history.  The aim of this artistic profusion is to broaden the vision that we might have of this great country and emphasise what Russia has brought to the Principality over the years.

Despite the difference in size of the two countries, “Russian Year in Monaco” also aims to encourage the development of various initiatives and cooperation.

In the programme you are holding you will find a list of the many events and initiatives that are planned throughout the year.

Prestige, diversity, originality … 2015 is a reflection of everything that has brought Russia and Monaco together over the years.

Finally, it is an invitation to make new discoveries and be curious, and promises some very special and enjoyable experiences.

Happy reading!