Ballina says goodbye to the Great Moscow Circus

THIS weekend is your last chance to see the Great Moscow Circus's 50th Anniversary show in Ballina.

With a cast of more than 45 performers and 14 international acts, the Ballina season ends this Sunday.

Some of those acts feature a range of trained animals.

The performance features six Liberty horses, two llamas, four camels, two macaw birds and two water buffalos.

MC, clown and daredevil Rafael Nino, 26, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, said the animals were a big part of the overall show.

"Besides their individual performance, there is a part of the show when all the animals come together onto the stage," he said.

Mr Nino said most of the human performers were Russian, but there were also Brazilian, German and American performers.

The two-hour show is held in an air-conditioned circus tent.

The final part of the show includes six Brazilian motorbike daredevils, including Mr Nino, inside the Globe of Death.

Mr Nino said the Great Moscow Circus show in Australia was one of the best circus shows in the world.

"It's the best in the world because the casting is done very carefully; it is not easy being cast in this show," he said.

"The casting process took four months.

"It's a different show, with a mix of traditional, contemporary and extreme circus acts."


The Great Moscow Circus is located at River St, West Ballina, on the vacant block next to Parkview Funerals, with parking in Kalinga St

For show schedules and tickets go to or call 1300 MOSCOW

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