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Performers to stride tightrope, eat fire in Vevey

(Vevey street festival)

Clowns, jugglers and fire-eaters will roam the streets of Vevey on August 24 and 25.

Performers from around the world have been invited to take part in the festival - now in its ninth year - in the picturesque town on Lake Geneva.

The best acts will win the coveted Vevey "cobblestone" award. The golden cobblestone is worth SFr1,000, while the public honours its favourite with a SFr500 prize.

The tightrope walkers, musicians, clowns, jugglers and fire-eaters will be given 20 minutes to impress the jury and public, before having to make way for the next act.

Some of the mime performers are expected to pay homage to Charlie Chaplin, the film star who called Vevey home for the last 24 years of his life.

Throughout the year, Vevey impresses visitors who stroll along its quay, and visit the Chaplin statue, as the French Alps provide an impressive backdrop.

Visitors can also stop at the "Alimentarium Museum" dedicated to the history of food and set up by the Swiss multinational, Nestlé, which has its headquarters in Vevey.

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