Monaco International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo

35th Monte Carlo International Circus Festival The Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo (International Circus Festival de Monte-Carlo) was created in 1974 by S.A.S. Prince Rainier III of Monaco (1923-2005) to promote circus arts—for which he had a lifelong passion. The first Festival was held from December 26 to 30, 1974 under the big top of the French circus Bouglione, installed on what was then the Esplanade de Fontvielle. The International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo has become the biggest and the most prestigious Circus event in the world and the “Clown d’Or” is considered the supreme distinction for all artists of this discipline. Organised and presided by H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, this world-famous circus attracts astonishing acts ranging from traditional trapeze artists and clown acts to a spectacular show involving white tigers. The 35th International Circus Festival was officially opened yesterday and runs until 30th January 2011.

Monte Carlo International Circus Festival

Prince Albert II of Monaco arrives with Princess Stephanie and her daughter Pauline Ducruet (R) to attend the opening ceremony of the 35th International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in Monaco

International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo

Members of the 'Flag Circus of Jiangxi' Chinese troupe perform during the opening ceremony of the 35th International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in Monaco

International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo

An artist performs during the opening ceremony of the 35th International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in Monaco

International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in Monaco

Russian artist Roman Khaperskiy performs during the opening ceremony of the 35th International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in Monaco

International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in Monaco

Canadian artist Valerie Inertie performs during the opening ceremony of the 35th International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in Monaco

International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in Monaco

Members of the American circus troupe 'Flavio Togni' perform with elephants during the opening ceremony of the 35th International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in Monaco

International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in Monaco

Members of the 'Flag Circus of Jiangxi' Chinese troupe perform during the opening ceremony of the 35th International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in Monaco

International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in Monaco

Bello Nock, a clown performed by Demetrius Alexandro Claudio, jumps in a performance during the opening ceremony of the 35th International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in Monaco

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