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December 7, 2021
ARTS & LEISURE

Romanian acrobats win Monte Carlo Circus Festival award

The women’s acrobat troupe Almas won the Bronze Clown trophy at the reputed Monte Carlo Circus Festival, due to conclude on January 30. The 23 acrobats were the only Romanian troupe invited in competition this year and they were scheduled for two demonstrations on January 21 and 23. Also, tomorrow they are invited to participate in a winners’ dinner evening alongside Prince Albert and Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. For the acrobatics section of the festival, they competed against reputed Chinese, US and Russian athletes. This is the third win by a Romanian act in Monte Carlo. The Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo was created in 1974 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco (1923-2005) to promote circus arts, for which he had a lifelong passion. The first event was held from December 26 to 30, 1974 under the big top of the French circus Bouglione. It was the first true circus festival ever presented in the Western world. During the Festival, a selection of some of the best circus acts in the business are presented twice to a paying audience and a Jury of circus professionals, journalists, and specialists, presided until 2005 by the late Prince Rainier III, and since 2006, by his daughter Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. The Jury awards Gold and Silver Clowns, and, since 2002 a Bronze Clown, in the form of statuettes sculpted by Paule Male. Other prizes and trophies are awarded by the City of Monaco, and various corporations, press organizations, associations, and individuals.

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