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An evening to remember – first details of the inaugural Honours experiential evening revealed

With judging completed, three honourees selected and the clock counting down to the inaugural Honours event, which will take place on the eve of the 2023 Monaco Yacht Show on 26 September, The Superyacht Life Foundation and Monaco Yacht Show are pleased to reveal more details of the first exclusive, experiential evening. The event - which will take place annually - will celebrate the honourees’ lives and contributions with a diverse and high-profile audience of owners, industry professionals and VIPs.

The inaugural Honours evening will be hosted at Hauser & Wirth’s gallery in Monaco on Place du Casino, with the celebratory gala dinner coinciding with the opening of the major exhibition ‘Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen’ by contemporary artist Mark Bradford. This immersive exhibition is centred around a selection of paintings based on the historical tapestries known as ‘The Hunt of the Unicorn’ first exhibited at the Fundação de Serralves in 2021. The experiential nature of the evening ties in perfectly with Bradford’s abstract artworks, which draw on and reflect the societal experience and present it through striking, layered and complex textural paintings created out of paper.

The evening will begin on the upper level of the Hauser & Wirth gallery in the private viewing rooms accessed via a spiral staircase. Honourees and guests will then enjoy a special seated three-course dinner downstairs in the spectacular main exhibition space, a 290-square-metre cube with 9-metre-high walls, lit from above by a dramatic skylight.

Guests will meet the three honourees and will learn more about their work and their passions, as well as listening to their inspiring stories.

During the evening, the honourees will each be presented with a Bowsprit award. Beautifully crafted by Preciosa, the Bowsprit is an exquisite, avant-garde design in carbon and crystal glass that symbolises the people celebrates – those at the cutting edge, charting a new course and gathering momentum behind them as the waves of their actions propagate and spread.

The Honours – created by The Superyacht Life Foundation in association with the Monaco Yacht Show, and sponsored by Agusta, Begüm Yachting, BWA Yachting, Feadship, Preciosa, Richard Mille, and Rina – is a new award conceived specifically to recognise the extraordinary people of the superyacht industry rather than the yachts, and specifically those who have made outstanding contributions or helped propel the industry forward to a more responsible, sustainable and caring future. For this inaugural Honours, more than 350 nominations were received from across the industry and beyond, with an expert panel of judges drawn from across the industry selecting three laureates from a curated shortlist.

“The inaugural Honours evening will herald the arrival of a new type of award for the superyacht industry, where the focus is on the exceptional people in and around superyachting rather than the yachts themselves, and will serve as the perfect opening event for the Monaco Yacht Show itself,” says Gaelle Talarida of Monaco Yacht Show. “With owners, guests and VIPs in attendance, the occasion leads naturally to the exceptional vessels on display in Port Hercule which represent the pinnacle of craftsmanship and cruising opportunity, and which highlight the depth and breadth of human talent and innovation that the superyacht industry fosters.”

Adds Dilan Sarac, Executive Director of The Superyacht Life Foundation: “The Honours is a chance for the superyacht industry not only to recognise those within it who are making a real difference, but also to show the wider world that it is real good within the superyachting good life. Our first three honourees are extraordinary people with incredibly diverse backgrounds, who each have a compelling story to tell and who each show how humanity can transcend all perceived boundaries. We are one global community, and superyachting has a vital role to play in making that community a better place for all.”


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