Smithsonian, the world's largest museum and research complex, announced on World Circus Day that CIRCUS ARTS will be the theme of its 50th Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC, June 29-July 4, and July 6-9. According to its website, the celebration “will bring the rich history, mystique and diversity of circus arts to life.” Festival visitors will get an up-close and personal look at the arts and culture of the circus through the people who make it possible – performing artists, coaches, costume designers, makeup artists, musicians, lighting and sound engineers, riggers, cooks and prop managers among others. The Festival will also feature live circus performances, demonstrations and workshops “under a big top tent” focusing on the disciplines of acrobatics, aerial skills, equilibristics, object manipulation, and clowning. To learn more, see http://www.festival.si.edu/2017/circus-arts/smithsonian.
Federation President Mr. Urs Pilz Surprised with Ambassadorship awarded by HSH Princess Stephanie!!!16 March 2016
Moments after the Federation President named Mr. Zhigang Su as the Federation’s 2016 Ambassador of Circus, Honorary President H.S.H Princess Stephanie of Monaco surprised Mr. Pilz by naming him Ambassador due to his lifelong contribution to Circus Arts and Culture and extraordinary achievements as Artistic Director of the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo since the early days of the Festival. Congratulations Mr. Pilz!