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Monaco’s international circus festival returns in 2018

Monaco’s international circus festival returns in 2018Princess Stéphanie of Monaco has revealed the new look for the 42nd Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival, which will take place from 18th to 28th January 2018, yet it has certainly been inspired by a bygone era. The poster unveiling marks the start of the event’s ticket sales and the countdown for one of Monaco’s most historic shows.

The poster was designed by artist and ringmaster, Alain André, who produced paintings inspired by circus stage scenes for the Columbus Hotel in Monaco ahead of the 41st Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival in January 2017.

This year, the poster adopts a vintage style depicting circus imagery of old as opposed to the 2017 edition, which featured bright colours. André chose this design as a symbol for the landmark 250th anniversary of the first staging of a modern circus. The circus concept is believed to have been founded in England in 1768 by Philip Astley, an English cavalryman, who performed equestrian tricks.

The circus competition returns in January 2018 for its 42nd edition. Only a handful of the most gifted circus performers worldwide will have the honour of competing for the coveted Clown d’Or award, which is presented to an artist or troupe of artists by a selection of international jury members, which naturally includes Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, who is the president of the event.

The Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival is part of a long lasting family tradition that honours the circus arts. It was initiated by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1974 who wished to offer an international platform to circuses and their performers, and it is now proudly upheld by his daughter.

Even though the program is not yet finalised, a memorable event is to be expected for this 250th anniversary of circus festivities and the 42nd edition of Monaco’s own event.

Tickets are already made available online, but can also be purchased from 3rd July at the Chapiteau de l’Espace Fontvieille ticket office. 

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Claire Davis