Throughout the month of January the Principality will live on circus time! Here are all the events:

Two exhibitions, one by Claude Draimbourg at the Columbus Hotel Monte-Carlo and Dan Walck at the Café de Paris (January 16 – February 2), the other by photographer Peter Lavery at the Marriott from the January 16-20; a stamp created by the Office des Timbres Poste de Monaco featuring the 44th Festival’s poster, illustrated by Alain André (Petit Gougou) with a face value of 1.40 euros; the traditional shop window competition organised by the Monaco Union of Shopkeepers; the European Circus Association and the World Circus Federation meeting on January 17 at the Marriott; and the Open Door “Circus Animals” show, rehearsals with commentary by Freddy Knie Jr, on Saturday January 18 from 15:00 to 16:00 at the Fontvieille big top – free entry.

The ecumenical service under the big top will take place on Monday January 20 at 19:00; while on Monday January 20 at 20:20 at the Stade Louis II, a football match between the Barbagiuans team of HSH Prince Albert and the international circus artistes’ team, to raise funds for the Fight Aids Monaco association. The teams will be strengthened by some big international players. Free entry at the stadium upon presentation of a circus entrance ticket, or five euros per person.

Tthe roundabout between the avenue des Ligures and the avenue des Guelfes will be specially decorated by the Gardening branch of the Direction de l’Aménagement Urbain (Town Planning Department), to celebrate the grace and elegance of horses; entertainment in the town with the famous Clowns en Folie at the Condamine market, on Saturday January 18 from 11:00; an exhibition at the Musée Massena in Nice entitled “Le cercle enchanté” (the enchanted ring) until February 3, featuring many pieces from the museum of Doctor Alain Frère.

Finally, 32 of the Principality’s classes, that’s 800 pupils, will be able to attend an educational rehearsal on Thursday January 23 in the big top.


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  • Telephone: +377 92 05 23 45 * Fax: +377 92 05 26 22
  • At the door: the circus ticket booths are open from 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 18:00.
  • By post: please send your order along with a cheque in euros or a credit card number to: Monte-Carlo Festival – Avenue des Ligures – MC 98000 Monaco

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Monaco Government Press Service