This September 26 takes place in Monaco the heritage day or rather this year that of the wedding. A first in the principality which intends to put women forward through several exhibitions.
A week after the Heritage Days in France, it’s Monaco’s turn. To pay this 26th edition entitled “women and heritage” and the launch of this first marriage day, place for women. The opportunity for visitors to (re) discover all too often forgotten figures in history.
A marriage day
This year, the European theme aimed to promote inclusion, the principality has therefore decided to “honor the imprint left by women in heritage”, as pointed out by Virginie Raimbert, director of the institute. of Monaco’s heritage.
1st Matrimonial Day in Monaco: Sunday September 26, 2021
This year, the 26th European Heritage Days will be “Women and Heritage”.
Download the full program: https://t.co/IAN9FiuYca
– Monaco Government (@GvtMonaco) September 17, 2021
It is therefore, in view of the chosen theme, “quite naturally” that Françoise Gamerdinger decided to rename the event matrimonial day.
The word “matrimonial” was important to me, I wanted this word to appear in people’s minds to tell themselves that it is not only the father but also the mother. It strongly marks the importance of women in the country
explains this former professor of letters, who does not wish to feminize the name of her function.
Presenter of actions and collections through the prism of women
In total, 40 sites are opening their doors to the public for the occasion and according to Françoise Gamerdinger, 80% of them wink at the theme in question. One will note among others the possibility of visit the private chapel Oblate Sisters of the Virgin Mary of Fatima, known especially in Monaco for their help with sick people and the link they establish with young and old. This Sunday will be the opportunity to discover their daily life in community in their place of residence.
It will also be possible to discover the headquarters of the union of monegasque women, the association “From thread to needles”, or to go to the anthropology museum prehistoric for a conference devoted to archaeological data and what they reveal about Neolithic women.
Still on this inseparable theme of gender equality, this event also takes place with the participation of the Principality’s Women’s Rights Committee. The committee thus hopes “to enable the public to become aware that there are women who have been remarkable but not always explained”, such as the delegate Céline Cottalorda, interministerial delegate for women’s rights.
15 portraits visible until mid-October
To this end, the committee is offering an exhibition at the Roseraie Princesse Grace. A succession of 15 portraits of women who “have all done things that were ahead of their time and were linked to the city”, enthuses Céline Cottalorda.
On the program the essentials of Joséphine Baker or Colette, but also other figures less known to the general public such as that of the only reigning princess of Monaco: Louise-Hippolyte.
A content with educational scope for the interministerial delegate, “in order to allow the youngest but not only to identify with these inspiring models. This exhibition is not limited to this date, but will be on view until October 15. Using their smartphone, visitors can download each portrait available in several languages using a QR code.
A great first and an invitation to discovery for this event which accounts for an average of 25,000 cumulative admissions each year between the different places. To give back to the great forgotten people of history their letters of nobility.