Clown Pepintin has nothing to laugh about. Since then, the circus Stey, for which he is employed, has performed in Schaffhausen, he plays in front of empty stands. “We usually have here in Schaffhausen, a utilization of 80 percent to 90 percent,” says senior chief Rolf Stey (74). “This year there are only 25 per cent.”

This rule almost ideal circus weather. For Stey is not clear who is to Schaffhausen to blame for the empty tent: the city. Because of the circus Stey was allowed to hang in the entire city, with its 35’000 inhabitants, only five posters.

Even at the family day, the tent remained empty

Stey is sour. On Thursday, the circus Stey carried out the traditional family day – with attractive discounts for both Large and Small. But the seats remained empty. “No wonder,” says Stey. “People don’t know that we perform.”

Schaffhausen, is an extreme example, he says. But not an isolated case: “more and more municipalities make it difficult for the us small circuses life.” Stey should know, as the President of the Swiss circus Association, he has firm contact to all the other Circus. Earlier, the Circuses would parade through the villages, distributed flyers and posters to garden fences, hung – if the owners were to agree. “Today, the forbidden is all. The place funds are on the increase and increase,” complains Stey.

A piece of Swiss culture on the Brink

Here, the circus artists are already hard – the entertainment, the competition has become bigger, the circus was more popular. And now the authorities put obstacles in the way.

in July, the circus Nock had given up – after all, the oldest circus, Switzerland – the business. As a reason, the family called the expensive sites and regulatory requirements. It’ll be at most tolerated. Previously, municipalities and cities would have still loved it if a circus had pitched its tents.

Stey accuses: “The cities to kill the small Circuses, because money we can earn.” And asks: “you Want to because, really, that there is only the Circus knee?” Also, the Swiss national circus is under enormous cost pressure. The new tent had to be financed by Crowdfunding.

Stey asks: Who should go in the small villages, the large Circuses for logistical reasons, can’t approach? It is clear to him: “the circus is a piece of die Swiss culture.”