The International Circus Festival de Monte-Carlo is back! After 2 years of postponement due to the pandemic, the 45th edition of the festival and the 10th edition of New Generation Competition kicked off in the presence of HSH Princess Stephanie, HSH Prince Albert II, Louis and Marie Ducruet and Camille Gottlieb at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille on 20 January.
Unicyclist Wesley Williams breaks World Record on opening night!
The festival started with a bang when death-defying acrobat Wesley Williams broke a world-record during the first evening of the Festival when he pedalled around the big top on a 10.6 metre tall unicycle!
“This moment means more than words could ever describe. A lifetime dream. Full standing ovation. Thank you to each and every one of you that has helped me along the way in this journey to the world’s stage,” said Wesley Williams on instagram.
The One Wheeled Wonder is known for his incredibly daring feats of balance on shows like Britain’s Got Talent and Got Talent Global.
Princess Stephanie, Louis Ducruet, Charlotte Casiraghi and her son Raphaël Elmaleh attended the festival’s 2nd day on Saturday 21 January.
On Sunday 22 January, Christian Estrosi, President of the Nice Côte d’Azur and Mayor of Nice came to enjoy the festival with his entire family.
More awe and wonder is in store for audiences during the rest of the festival, with acts like renowned illusionist Peter Marvey, The Black Blues Brothers and Monaco’s own Orchestre des Carabiniers, who will perform on Tuesday during the Gala evening.
In 1974, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, who was passionate about the circus, decided to create a Festival to support traditional circus families and the 1st Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo was born. Today, the festival is presided over by HSH Princess Stephanie and is known as the “greatest circus in the world”.
Every year, Princess Stephanie is very involved in the organization of the festival, selecting the best international acts for audiences in Monaco.
The Coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze Clowns presented at the 45th International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo
The jury of circus professionals, specialists and journalists, under the chairmanship of Princess Stephanie has made its decision for the best circus acts, including awarding the coveted Golden Clown (Clown d’or), Silver Clown (Clown d’argent) and Bronze Clown (Clown de bronze), in the form of statuettes to 2023’s heros.
- Golden Clown (Clown d’or) – René Casselly Jr avec Merrylu Casselly and Quincy Azzario.
- Junior Golden Clown – Ameli Bilyk.
- Silver Clown (Clown d’argent) – Flying Martini, Troupe Mustafa Danguir, Viktoriia Dziuba, Secret of my soul, Alex Giona, Bruno Togni.
- Junior Silver Clown -Vladislava Naraieva, Sofiia Hrechko.
- Bronze Clown (Clown de bronze) – Circus Theatre – Troupe Bingo – Equilibrist pictures, Mistery of Gentlemen, Deadly Games, Elisa Cussadie.
- Junior Bronze Clown – Kimberly Zavatta.
Looking back over 40 years, recipients of the festival’s prestigious Clown d’or award have included Spanish clown Charlie Rivel in 1974, American daredevil and trapeze artist Elvin Bale two years later, Russian clown Oleg Popov and as recently as 2019 English animal trainer Martin Lacey Jr.