UNDER THE HONORARY PRESIDENCY OF H.S.H. PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO

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THE 57th MONTE-CARLO TELEVISION FESTIVAL: THE POSTER

Monaco, March 10th, 2017

The poster for this year's Monte-Carlo Television Festival - which will be held under the honorary presidency of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco from 16th to 20th June - has now been revealed.
The upcoming 57th edition of the Festival brings with it a special focus on the event's international competition as it offers a new look at its star performer - the Golden Nymph.


While previous years have seen the Festival's uniquely creative posters offer a variety of messages, this edition sees the event opt to return to its roots, placing the Golden Nymph trophy that has been its hallmark for more than half a century under the spotlight.

«It's a decision we're really proud of», comments Laurent Puons, the Festival's General Manager, «The competition rewards the best programmes and the greatest talent from around the world, and the Golden Nymph offers undeniable proof of winners' success. The trophy has become a true sign of talent and it's important that we highlight it».

The Golden Nymph Awards Ceremony will be held at the Grimaldi Forum on Tuesday 20th June 2017.

The Monte-Carlo Television Festival's Golden Nymph is a copy of La Nymphe Salmacis by the Monaco-born sculptor François-Joseph Bosio.
The original marble sculpture of the nymph is displayed at the Louvre in Paris.

With Napoleon numbering among his former patrons, the Monegasque sculptor François-Joseph Bosio (1768-1845) was made Principal Sculptor to the King by France's Louis XVIII.
Specialising in busts and bas-reliefs with historical and mythological themes, Bosio created the statue of Louis XIV that stands at the Place des Victoires in Paris. He was made an Officer of France's Legion of Honour in 1825. His sculpture of Salmacis is perhaps one of his most intricate pieces, showcasing his prodigious artistic abilities.

The story of Salmacis the nymph is rich with symbolism. According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite's seduction of Hermes resulted in a son, Hermaphroditus, who was named after both of his divine parents.

Aphrodite entrusted the care of the infant Hermaphroditus to a group of nymphs in Phrygia. Hermaphroditus grew up to be a particularly beautiful young man, and was bathing in a lake one day when Salmacis, the nymph who lived there, followed him into the water and was allowed by the gods to become fused with him, creating a single body that combined male and female.

Please find attached the official poster.

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