The other major events of the year

  • The Printemps des Arts festival
    March 2023
  • Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters
    April 2023
  • Monaco E-Prix
    May 2023
  • Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix
    May 2023
  • Top Marques Monaco
    June 2023
  • Monte-Carlo Television Festival
    June 2023
  • Jumping International de Monte-Carlo
    July 2023
  • The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
    July 2023
  • Monaco Yacht Show
    September 2023
  • The Historic Monaco Grand Prix
    May 2024

Gala de la Croix Rouge Monégasque

Alicia Keys, the famous pianist and singer-songwriter from New York, will be the ambassador of the 73rd Monaco Red Cross Gala, performing live on stage on the Place du Casino Monte-Carlo on 18 July 2022.

History of the Monaco Red Cross Ball

In 1948 the young Prince Rainier III of Monaco chaired the first Gala of the Monaco Red Cross, an organisation which had just been established by Prince Louis II of Monaco. The principle, of course, was to contribute to funding activity faithful to the spirit of the great humanist, Henry Dunant. That year, the star was none other than Maurice Chevalier. But each year, the programme rivals it in glamour, hosting a Christian Dior fashion show in 1952 and Zizi Jeanmaire in 1953.

In 1957, the Gala took up residence at the illustrious Salle des Etoiles, with unique performances by celebrated artists every summer, compèred by equally famous hosts. The tombola is always one of the highlights of the evening, with much excitement as the guests wait to see who will win the prestigious prizes.
In 2021, the Monaco Red Cross underwent a stunning transformation. H.S.H. Prince Albert II was keen for this grand celebration of generosity to take place on the Place du Casino. Last year, British singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum lit up the iconic square with his wonderful jazz music, and this year the leading lady will be America’s Alicia Keys. A temporary stage will be set up on the Place du Casino which will turn it into a veritable open-air auditorium for the 2,000 guests in attendance.
Every year, spectators and guests of the Monaco Red Cross flock to this distinguished event in a powerful show of solidarity.

Princess Grace’s Presidency

Ten years after its inauguration, the Gala of the Monaco Red Cross had a change of President… this time a woman: Princess Grace of Monaco. Under Her presidency, the Gala hosted such glamorous names as Ella Fitzgerald (1959), Sammy Davis Jr. (1961), Charles Trenet (1962), Sacha Distel (1963), Gilbert Bécaud (1968), Charles Aznavour (1970) and Shirley Bassey (1971).

Josephine Baker’s Comeback

1974 marked an important stage: the Gala took place in the new Monte-Carlo Sporting Club, providing a brand new stage for a great star making her final comeback: Josephine Baker. At the age of 68, totally broke, she returned to the stage a few months before her death.
In this new setting, Line Renaud (1975), Enrico Macias (1977), Gloria Gaynor (1979) and Franck Sinatra (1980) each took their turn…
In 1982, Princess Grace’s accidental death brought her son, Prince Albert, to take up the torch and it was under His Presidency that the Gala of the Monaco Red Cross welcomed Elton John (1984), Liza Minnelli (1989), Tina Turner (1980), Stevie Wonder (1994) and Lionel Richie (2004).
More than sixty years after its establishment, the Gala of the Monaco Red Cross remains an institution which is very much alive, hosting a living legend for its 2011 edition: Joe Cocker…

Charitable Action Par Excellence

This fabulous evening enables the Monaco Red Cross to express its gratitude to its generous donors, and pay tribute to the action undertaken with the help of the donations received: a means of funding its local and international activity.

The artworks of the Monaco Red Cross

 Over the last 30 years or more, the Monaco Red Cross has acquired a quite exceptional collection of artworks, illustrating the values of the organisation. The collection includes unique pieces created by world-renowned artists and donated specially for the annual Gala.  
While some of the works are displayed at the headquarters of the Monaco Red Cross, others have been moved to a temporary exhibition at the HQ of the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) under an agreement between the Monaco Red Cross and the IFRC.

For further information, go to the official site of the Monaco Red Cross.

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