High state visit to Dresden

Prince Albert II of Monaco will come to the Frauenkirche on 8th June to receive the European Cultural Award TAURUS together with the German Ocean Foundation. Prince Albert will be honored on behalf of his foundation, which was established in 2006, as a tireless fighter for the protection of the oceans. As the first head of state to visit both the North and South Poles, he has made a lasting commitment to protecting the world’s oceans. He is thus at home between pack ice and parquet flooring.

A bull for Europe! The TAURUS honors people and initiatives whose outstanding successes and achievements for cultural life in Europe are exemplary. Just in time for the European Cultural Heritage Year, the coveted cultural awards will be presented for the first time together with the Stiftung Frauenkirche. In addition to Prince Albert, seven other awardees are expected to attend, including the Greek diva Nana Mouskouri, the German actor Daniel Brühl, the exceptional Polish tenor Piotr Beczala, the celebrated soprano Anja Harteros and Jan Vogler as renowned cellist and director of the Dresden Music Festival in equal measure. The festival, which has been internationally renowned for 40 years, was previously the host of the popular participatory program “Dresden singt und musiziert” (literally “Dresden sings and makes music”) on the Neumarkt. The awards ceremony will be broadcasted live on MDR television.

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