On Saturday 16th June 2018, as promised two years ago, Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna decided to gather some friends once again in the Castle of his ancestors in Partanna, Sicily. Thanks to Dottore Domenico de Gennaro and the “Il MedioEvo” Association, the funds reunited in occasion of this Gala Dinner will be used to restore two wonderful masterpieces of Sicilian XVIIIth Century.
Before dinner, Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna invited Maestro Vincenzo Marrone d’Alberti, togetehr with his talented young student, Maesto Luca Lione to play romantic pieces of Chopin, Lizst and Brahms and my emotion was at its utmost level, when I heard the notes of Ravel’s “Ma Mère l’Oye”, a surprise for Prince Grifeo (who particularly appreciates this piece of music) but also for me, as Ravel composed it right after attending the performance of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia at Pré Catelan in Summer 1906, following King Sisowath in state visit.
The funds gathered two years ago served to restore a magnificent statue of San Giovanni Battista, a glory of Sicilian medieval wood sculpture tradition.
Many friends of Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna have participated with enthusiasm to this prestigious Gala evening and the celebration went on, until late into the summer night, among laughs and joyful jokes of a merry company, who promised to do it again very soon !
Needless to say that this enchanting evening is still alive in our hearts and we are looking forward to going back to this lovely area of the Beautiful Sicily.
All my gratitude and sincere thanks to our marvellous photographer, Mr. Angelo Campus.
In occasion of the end of the Spring session of the Wedding Planner Academy, Sanda Pandza, THE fairyevent maker based in Rome had the smashing idea to organise a somptuous gala dinner at Villa Aurelia on the Gianicolo, gathering all the best providers in terms of catering, floral design, entertainment, photographer, etc…
After four days of intensive courses dealing with the various topics around the theme “How to become the ideal wedding planner”, Sanda invited all her eighteen students (including me and my delicious colleague, Cristina Procaccini from Borgo Seghetti Panichi in Castel di Lama, Ascoli Piceno) to actively participate in the “making of” of this magic evening. We were asked to be obedient and kind towards the Banqueting almighty “Signora Valentina” who taught us how to dress up a table, measuring the distance between plates, glasses, forks and knives, taking into account the magnificent flower compositions of Maestro Andrea Patrizi.
Then we watched with most attention the setting up of the light designing features by Nico Celano and the creations of two “Open Bars” of great Ivan Visentin, who, after touring the world, especially Australia and South-East Asia, chose to follow his heart and stopped in the Eternal City where love and sucess were two good reasons for him to dwell in !
In the meantime, Giuseppe Voci, Alessandro Iasevoli and Roberto Marchionne, photographers and videomakers from Latitude41 studio, together with charming Alessandro Zingone and young Paolo Furente were bursting into butterfly moves around the gorgeous ladies, who not only were wearing the marvellous wedding gowns created by Cinzia Ferri but also looking for the most beautiful smiles among the invitees of this very glamourous dinner.
Last but not least, the entertainment chapter: we were absolutely enchanted by the Fadlun singing brothers and the young and beautiful Oumy N’Diaye who brought us their voices as a gift, a very pleasant “preludio” to the dancing party, which lasted late into the night.
Article de Pierre Bastien paru dans le numéro 2372 de “Point de Vue” du 14 janvier 1994 dans lequel est relatée ma rencontre avec Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Chantal d’Orléans et son époux, le Baron François-Xavier de Sambucy de Sorgue lors de leur voyage à Beijing en Décembre 1993.
On Thursday, 30th November 2017, at 4.00 PM, His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong paid a courtesy call to His Excellency Monsieur Christian Masset, Ambassador of France to Italy, together with Mrs. Pinuccia Pitti, President and Founder of the Marianna Foundation for Human Rights and her Counsellor, Countess Milena von Rex. During the conversation were exchanged views on the development of the Marianna Foundation. Mrs. Pitti invited the French Ambassador to participate to the next annual event on 31st January 2018, which will be the occasion to dedicate a lifetime achievement award to a French Personality, recently deceased.
Un felice incontro tra Case Reali, lontane geograficamente, ma vicine nella condivisione di valori. Sua Altezza Reale il Principe Nikola Petrović-Njegošdi Montenegro a cui l’ufficialità di promuovere all’estero l’identità, la cultura e le tradizioni del proprio Paese e Sua Altezza il Principe Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong nella sua qualità di Ambasciatore della Real Casa di Cambogia a cui sono state affidate analoghe finalità.
Nel corso della serata, dopo i rispettivi saluti di benvenuto, sono stati affrontati temi particolarmente sensibili quali il messaggio ecumenico del Santo Padre, l’auspicio del rafforzamento di un’amicizia fraterna tra i popoli slavi e in particolare dell’ex Jugoslavia e lo sviluppo di un sentimento collettivo per la protezione dell’ambiente e la solidarietà ecologica per un futuro comune nel rispetto dei diritti umani; argomenti di particolare concretezza per lo sviluppo di una coscienza collettiva e di vicinanza tra le diverse genti.
L’incontro è avvenuto il 19 novembre 2017 al Grand Hotel de la Minerve a Roma, presente la Dottoressa Nalini Errate, il Conte Giuseppe Tedeschi, Rappresentante Ufficiale della Dinastia dei Petrović-Njegoš e il Nobile Alessio Butti, Consigliere Diplomatico del Principe Nikola. Con loro, ospite d’onore, Sua Eccellenza Miodrag Vlahovic, Ambasciatore del Montenegro presso la Santa Sede, Monsignor Jean-Marie Gervais, Prefetto coadiutore del Capitolo Vaticano, nonché Presidente dell’Associazione culturale Tota Pulchra, la Nobildonna Maria Ratkova, Mezzo soprano, Fabio Cassani Pironti, Conte di Giraldeli, il Marchese Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini e il Dottore Maurizio Napoli della FINNAT.