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The Organising Committee of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo has announced more top international acts for the annual celebration of the art of the circus, due to take place under the Big Top in Fontvieille from January 19 to 29.
Otto Wessely, the eccentric magician who has starred at the Crazy Horse and other renowned venues, will be present for the first time, as will the Zapachny brothers from Russia who will present their mixed big cat act, featuring 14 tigers and lions, for the first time outside their country.
Also making her debut in Monaco, an artiste from Ethiopia, Rich Miteku, who began practising the very demanding discipline of contortion at eight years old, promises an astonishing act.
Another innovation will be the Skokov troupe from the Rosgoscirk, who will bring an exceptional Russian trapeze act featuring eight women acrobats – a first in circus history –. entertaining the audience with double and triple somersaults.
It will also be the first time a kangaroo has entered the famous Fontvieille ring. Presented by Marek Jama, the group of exotic animals from the Charles Knie circus is made up of five camels, six llamas, two Watusi with giant horns, four zebras, a zebu (hump-backed cow), a Hungarian cow, two Andalusian horses and a kangaroo.
And, once again for the first time, the Fontvieille Big Top will welcome two large wheels of death: placed above the ring and turning on the same axis, but in opposite directions, which will enable the four artistes of the Columbian Gerlings troupe to show off their death-defying act.
Monaco has a new bailiff, or huissier as known locally, who was sworn in earlier this week.
General crime rates in the Principality dropped by a significant 16% between the years 2016 and 2019, and street crime by an impressive 52%.
As part of the newly approved Palais Honoria housing project, a gantry will be installed above Boulevard de Belgique, creating temporary traffic impediments in the area.
Thomas Fouilleron, Director of Archives and Prince's Palace Library, and Colonel Tony Varo, Superior Commander of the Public Force, have been distinguished by the French High Authorities.