On 30 March, one of Monaco’s most prestigious and dazzling events, the Rose Ball, or Bal de la Rose 2019, will take place, attended by members of the Monaco royal family, international high society, ambassadors, financiers and elite members of the sporting world.
Organized by the Monte-Carlo SBM Group, the setting for this event is the sumptuous Salle des Etoiles at the Sporting Monte-Carlo, the Larvotto-based concert hall and venue complex. Currently chaired by H.S.H Prince Albert II and H.R.H Princess Caroline of Hanover, the Bal de la Rose 2019 is the first major society event of the year, and epitomizes all the glamour, luxury and celebrity that are associated with the Principality.
A deeply-rooted history
The Bal de la Rose was established in 1954 by SBM artistic director Henry Astric, who went against the trend at the time for exotic dances such as the foxtrot or samba, and chose instead a more romantic theme of the waltz, one hundred violins and, of course, roses. In later years the Bal de la Rose has embraced all kinds of dance and music, such as the ballet, the Charleston, Tango and most recently, jazz.
It was in 1975 that the Bal de la Rose, under the patronage of the late Princess Grace, became a charity event. All proceeds now go to the Princess Grace Foundation, created to help children in hospitals and provide accommodation for their parents, as well as assisting students who aspire to work in the field of arts and culture.
Every year the décor of the Salle des Etoiles is designed by the most creative of visionaries, including Chanel’s legendary couturier Karl Lagerfeld, who has in the past created a ‘Belle et Pop’ theme and more recently a ‘Manhattan’ theme. One element that is constant, however, is the lavish floral display, with some 14,000 scented roses used throughout, with bouquets decorating the dining tables and the stage.
Spotlight on The Riviera
The theme of the Bal de la Rose 2019 is The Riviera, and the 900 fortunate attendees can expect a glittering opening show provided by internationally-acclaimed artists, followed by a luxury dinner with creative cuisine inspired by the theme, and generous prizes, from fine jewelry to sculptures and paintings, in the much-anticipated Tombola.
Such is the prestige of the Bal de la Rose 2019, that guests will be flying in from all over the world to attend, choosing either to stay in luxurious hotels or to rent Monaco property for the event. With the company of high-society, as well as luminous décor, haute cuisine and dazzling entertainment, the Bal de la Rose 2019 is both an internationally renowned charity event and a highlight of the elite social calendar, marking the start of the glamorous party season ahead in the Principality.