The 37th International Circus Festival is back in Monaco this coming January, the perfect way to banish those winter blues!

Since its creation in 1974 by Prince Rainier III, the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo has always been a perennial favourite of locals and visitors alike. What better way to spend an evening than to be surrounded by elephants, dancing horses, clowns, acrobats, and more! This event has become a creative melting pot over the years, where circus arts have been allowed to evolve, combining the great circus tradition with the most surprising innovations. 

For this edition of the Festival, the Organisation Committee, chaired by S.A.S. Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, has continued the tradition of ensuring an original and innovative event. Three new countries have been invited to participate for the first time – Cuba, Vietnam, and Armenia. The Committee has also invited some very unique artists to perform in the Big Top – for instance, look out for Jean-François Pignon, the creator of one of the largest horse shows in the world, who will give his first ever performance in a circus ring.

The 37th International Circus Festival is back in Monaco

Other acts confirmed for the 2013 festival include the China National Acrobatic Troupe, the National Circus of Pyongyang, the National Circus of Cuba, the Elephants of Gran Circo Mundial, the clowns of Trio Equivokee, Troupe Greschushkin, and many, many others.

The festival runs from Thursday 17th – Sunday 27th of January, 2013. Tickets range in price from €30 – €90 on average, and may be reserved on the Festival website or purchased in advance onsite in the Chapiteau itself (Monday – Friday, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm).


Full details of the programme of events for the 11 days and all the acts are available on the Festival International du Cirque website. So, Roll up, Roll up, the circus is back in town! Vive le Cirque! Vive le Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo!

Chapiteau de Fontvieille
7, avenue des Ligures
MC 98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 92 05 26 00

All images courtesy Press Office of the Principality of Monaco


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