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Art Monaco 14

25 – 27 April 2014

Art Monaco, known to be the most prestigious art show on the French Riviera, will once again take place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Art Collectors, art enthusiasts and art critics will gather to view modern and contemporary art from around the world. 

The international show acts as a platform for renowned galleries, as well as established and emerging artists to come together during this four day event.  The 2013 show featured over 3,500 works of art on exhibition and sale.

Images: ArteMonaco


Baselworld

27 March- 3 April 2014

 

Every year more than 1,400 exhibitors, 150,000 visitors and 3,500 journalists from international locations come together for the Baselworld 8 day Watch and Jewellery Show. It is estimated that around 80% of global sales of watches and jewellery are generated at this renowned annual event.

 

Although the B2B trade fair is the most important event of the year for those within the industry the show is also open to the public. The event allows the general public to peruse as they desire, however, does not offer the opportunity for shopping. Sylvie Ritter, Managing Director of Baselworld, confirms: ‘Baselworld 2014 is open to everyone. Nowhere else in the world can a visitor gain a more complete insight into the world of watches and jewellery.’


An Interview with Brigitte Bardot

As Brigitte Bardot turns 80, People & High Society speaks to the remarkable woman who became one of the world’s most famous sex icons of all time. She was the woman who put St Tropez on the map, starred in over 40 films and is still influencing fashion today, as seen recently in Diane Von Furstenberg’s New York show.

Bardot later went from screen siren to one of the world’s most influential animal rights activists, establishing her own foundation. Bardot explains why she withdrew herself from the limelight to dedicate her life and fortune to the welfare of animals.

 

What is the most interesting thing you discovered or learnt whilst having an acting career?

I have never mixed my career as an actress and that of the President of my Foundation, the one started when the other came to an end. 

I have discovered, and still discover, that human cruelty knows no limits and that one needs immense courage and a will of iron to help others understand that animals are made of flesh and blood like us, that they suffer the same pains as us, that they deserve the same respect as us and that their continuous slaughter should not be part of human entertainment.

 

Je n’ai jamais mélangé ma carrière d’actrice et ma fonction de Présidente de ma Fondation, l’une a commencé lorsque l’autre était terminée.

J’ai découvert et je découvre toujours que la cruauté et la connerie humaines sont sans limites et qu’il faut un immense courage et une volonté de fer pour imposer aux autres, faire comprendre que les animaux sont des êtres de chair et de sang comme nous, qu’ils souffrent des mêmes douleurs que nous, qu’ils méritent le même respect que nous et que leurs massacres continuels ne font pas partie des loisirs de m’humanité.

  

Hunger and passion are often considered the most important elements to success. Do you agree? What motivates and drives you?

LOVE!

 

L’AMOUR!

 

What is the one thing you are most proud of in your life? 

The thing I am most proud of in my life is my foundation.

 

La plus grande fierté de ma vie c’est ma fondation.

 

Tell us more about starting your foundation? 

I started it alone in 1986 by selling at auction everything which was precious to me, my jewellery, my mementoes, my furniture, my paintings, my top designer clothes - even the wedding dress of my marriage to Vadim. 

This money brought me the funds necessary - at the time 30 million francs - to establish the basis of my Foundation. It started in a small way; I had to learn management and the workings [of a charity]. Little by little I surrounded myself with the minimum of people - all I had being meant for the animals. I also had to learn how to make myself be respected in the environment of animal protection, which was very stern with me at first. Today my Foundation has become the most important one in France, known and well known abroad and led by very strong, competent and devoted people.

 

Je l’ai créée seule en 1986 en vendant aux enchères tout ce qui m’était précieux, mes bijoux, mes souvenirs, mes meubles, mes tableaux, mes robes de grands couturiers et même ma robe de mariée avec Vadim.

Cet argent m’a rapporté la somme nécessaire, à l’époque 30 millions de francs, pour établir les bases de ma Fondation. Elle a débuté petitement, j’ai du apprendre la gestion, le fonctionnement. Petit à petit je me suis entourée d’un minimum de personnes, tout ce que j’avais étant destiné aux animaux. J’ai du aussi apprendre à me faire respecter dans ce milieu de la protection animale qui a été très sévère envers moi à mes débuts. Aujourd’hui ma Fondation est devenue la plus importante de France, connue et reconnue à l’étranger et dirigée par des personnes extrêmement solides, compétentes et dévouées.

  

What do you find is the biggest challenge at the moment for animal rights?

To make our leaders who are in power, understand that urgent improvements need to be made to every aspect of the condition of badly treated animals. This contempt for the life and suffering of animals, considered as money making objects, is not worthy of a country which considers itself as developed.

 

Faire comprendre à nos dirigeants qui ont le pouvoir que des améliorations urgentes sont à prendre pour que le sort des animaux si maltraités soit amélioré dans tous les domaines. Ce mépris de la vie et de la souffrance animale, considérés comme des objets de rentabilité, n’est pas digne d’un pays qui se dit évolué.

 

When did you first feel this incredible connection to animals?

I was born with the love of animals in me. My parents did not have any because my childhood was during the war of 1940 and life was complicated [enough as it was]. But as soon as I married Vadim, his first gift was an adorable cocker [spaniel] which I named Clown!

 

Je suis née avec en moi l’amour des animaux. Mes parents n’en avaient pas car mon enfance s’est passée pendant la guerre de 40 et que la vie était déjà très compliquée. Mais dès que j’ai été mariée à Vadim, le premier cadeau qu’il m’a fait était un adorable cocker noir que j’ai appelé Clown !

 

What do you think a relationship with animals can teach us?

Everything. Animals set an example which many humans would not be capable to follow. I have found among them everything that I badly missed in my life as a [movie] star.

 

Tout. Les animaux sont des exemples que bien des humains seraient incapables de suivre. J’ai trouvé auprès d’eux tout ce qui m’a terriblement manqué durant toute ma vie de star*

 

 

*Original interview in French.

 

 


Saphira Turrell, Pearl Publicity, London

Saphira Turrell

PHS Interview with the Prince of Yugoslavia


Prince Michel Antoine Umberto Peter Marie of Yugoslavia

A Prince with an incredible family history, People & High Society speaks to Prince Michel of Yugoslavia about his passions, detective work and travels.


www.micheldeyougoslavie.com



Please tell us your story. 

I was born in France. My father [Prince Alexander of Yugolsavia] is Yugoslav; when I say Yugoslav we are the royal family of Yugoslavia, but we originally came from Serbia. My mother [Princess Maria Pia of Savoy] is Italian and her father was the last King of Italy [Umberto II of Italy]. I go to Italy a great deal but Serbia less because my family was banned until about 15 years ago. My aunt [Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia] moved back to Serbia to live in Belgrade. Last year she sued the government to rehabilitate the image of my grandfather [Prince Paul of Yugoslavia] who was the last Regent. She won the case and we took my grandfather’s body back to Serbia in a very emotional ceremony, which happened about a year ago.

 

What are your passions?

I love sports: skiing, cross country skiing, and I used to water ski when I lived in Florida. When I can’t do sports I walk. 

My other passion is photography. I am even preparing an exhibition at Easter. It is something I fell into but I have been doing for a while. Some of my friends asked me ‘Why don’t you exhibit?.’ So now I will this Spring in a Geneva gallery. My subjects are landscapes and architecture; I like repetition of objects and alignment.


You are known to be quite the globe trotter and have travelled to many parts of the world. Can you tell us a bit more about your time in the States? 

I lived in New York for nine years and Florida for twelve years. Whilst living in Florida, I went to real estate school, I got my license and went to work with Sotheby’s. Florida was lovely; great people and atmosphere.

Work brought me back to Europe. I was offered a job with Diligence, which is a business intelligence company. I loved the idea of being a private detective. I was basically selling information instead of houses. We get some great cases coming through, every day. You could make great movies with it but it’s confidential.


Tell us about your involvement with charitable organisations. 

A friend of mine launched a company called Echo Verde. They make biodegradable plastic bags and I have been helping them a bit with that because I love the idea. They decompose in 2 years instead of the usual 100 years.

Then I have a friend of mine, Ghislaine Maxwell who started a company called TerraMar. All the oceans outside of territorial waters, which basically make up most of the planet, are unregulated and there aren’t any enforcements like coastal waters, so waste gets dumped in these unprotected areas. TerraMar is looking to bring a stop to this. Every time I can help them promote their cause and talk about it I am delighted to do so. 


Saphira Turrell, Pearl Publicity, London

Saphira Turrell

An Interview with Antnony Melikhov

Anthony Melikhov captured the American Dream when he ventured to the United States from Belarus. Taking the pharmaceutical sector by storm he founded a company which became one of the largest pharmaceutical enterprises in the former Soviet Union and eventually entire Eastern Europe. Today he has moved his focus to shift today’s philanthropic consciousness in a movement known as unite4: good. With high-profile supporters already on board to help inspire and lead the movement, including President Bill Clinton and Eva Longoria, unite 4: good is set to make an extraordinary impact.

You have an incredible background. Could you tell us a bit about your story?

I was born and lived in a former country of the Soviet Union, Belarus. At the time when my wife was pregnant with our daughter we left the country for the United States. As immigrants in Chicago we did not have anything. We had no money and I could not speak the language. 

I started an over-the-counter pharmaceutical business together with two of my friends and partners, which we developed from ground zero with an entire brand line. We eventually had presence in each of the different markets in Eastern Europe and hundreds of millions in sales. 

Whilst I was president, I eventually felt disconnected, disengaged and unhappy to continue my corporate life. In 2008, pharmaceutical giant Bayer Pharmaceuticals purchased the company and suddenly I was free.


I started looking for my cave and I found my cave in the jungles of Panama, one of the most pristine places I had ever seen. I spent one year away from this world focusing my time on meditation and Thai Chi. However, I found that I still needed something else and I realised there is a higher purpose in this life. So I came back to Chicago and that’s when my philanthropic walk started. 

You have had a great deal of success in the pharmaceutical sector. What motivated you to work in this field?

We have to remember that when the Soviet Union disintegrated it became a completely different society. The pharmaceutical industry in the former Soviet Union was very underdeveloped, especially in the over the counter sector. When we came to the United States my good friends and I saw quite a substantial difference in perception of over the counter products; products with bright labels and very easily accessible. We saw the opportunity to introduce these products in Eastern Europe, where branded products did not yet have a presence. 

Why did you decide to leave the pharmaceutical sector?

At some point we start thinking about the purpose of this life. No matter how much money you have or how much power it gives you, it is only temporary pleasure. In order to become a happy and joyful person you need something more. I realised that no matter how much I do, how much wealth I accumulate or power, I am not happy. I still desire something else. I am also lucky enough to have my wife who is very spiritual and who is a genuine person; she lives by giving back. She was a big inspiration for me.

Could you tell us more about establishing Bright Future and the programmes it runs for children?

Initially we started establishing Bright Future International with the purpose to help children in different parts of the world to learn kindness, compassion, empathy and love. Those are the values that are universal. We wanted to give children from unprivileged communities a chance to connect with those values through a discipline: art and music, for example. The programme expanded to Russia, Rwanda, Kenya, and Central America, such as Panama. In Russia we helped families of criminals, drug addicts and alcoholics, for example; In Rwanda we helped children in families affected by HIV and Aids; and in Kenya it was refugees from neighbouring countries, such as Somalia. We wanted to teach children to become happy.

Unite4: good was only launched early last year but has already made substantial headway in uniting non-profits and inspiring individuals to volunteer. Could you tell us a bit more about what motivated you to create this organisation? 

At Bright Future International we eventually came to the conclusion that we needed to do something more. We found that the core root of the human problem is in effect that we live in a negative society. All you have to do is turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or read newspapers and the stories are filled with a society which has been disempowered by scandals, wars and violence. 

In response, we decided to create a movement which we called unite4: good. The idea is to create an alternative society to foster completely different values. We wanted to aggregate positive energy that comes from activities such as volunteering and selflessness; we wanted to amplify this to the world. To make people realise that acts of kindness can be very simple, easy, and fashionable; making acts of kindness a global brand. 

There is an enormous explosion of social consciousness. Here in the United States we have 1.7 million non-profit organisations. There were only 250,000 organisations less than 10 years ago. Many organisations are still underfunded. However, we can do more if we can unite our efforts. 

There are 4 major factors that will shift people to become part of the movement: 1-Motivation; 2- Entertainment; 3- Modern technology; 4- Sense of Unity. 

We are building a platform which we internally call a Facebook for charity, bringing together a multitude of non-profit organisations and uniting people with those organisations. One way in which we will motivate the youth to volunteer is through a point system. For example, if you go to a nearby shelter to help the homeless you may get 5 points to redeem for a free latte from Starbucks. For 20 points you may have a chance to speak to your favourite celebrity, such as Eva Longoria or for 50 points you could visit an eco-resort in Costa Rica. This is a way, especially for young people, to be entertained. We anticipate over a period of time those people that need motivation at some point will realise that these activities are rewarding by themselves. They will motivate others and will have a snowball effect. 

Note from our Editor: On February 27th, 2014, unite4:good will hold a celebration of philanthropy calledunite4:humanity. The event will be held at the Sony Studios in Los Angeles, CA and will feature everyday heroes, philanthropically minded celebrities and musical performances by Grammy-winning artists. The goal of the event is to empower and inspire individuals to make a positive difference in their communities, and to create awareness for the unite4:good philanthropic social networking platform that u4:g is set to unveil early this year.

 


 

Images:http://www.brightfutureinternational.org/