FEATURES

Circus in the focus

Prince Rainier III statue inauguration

The statue of Prince Rainier III was solemnly inagurated in Bucharest honouring  the founder of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo and  his historical contribution  to  circus arts in the presence of Princess Stéphanie on the 4th of October 2017.

CIRCUS NEWS

CONGRATULATION FINLAND!
28 November 2017

Circus Culture is put on the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.

The good collaboration with the traditional, contemporary circuses and youth circus schools, the serious work of the whole Finnish circus community resulted in the historical recognition of the circus culture. It has been accepted and included into the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of the UNESCO.

Finland became the third country in Europe where circus arts has been given that prestigious status.

The National Board of Antiquities is responsible of the implementation of the UNESCO ICH Convention (2003). Finland signed the convention in 2013.

From the document:

“The resulting inventory is a tool which can be used to identify, describe and convey knowledge about and information on living traditions….

The selection of an element into the National Inventory of Living Heritage is recognition to the communities that work with the traditions. The inclusion in the Inventory makes the traditions more visible than before. At the same time, it brings them one step closer to being recognized internationally.”

The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque initiated in 2012 the so called UNESCO project. The main idea was to raise awareness at national level of the cultural values of circus arts.

Since that the Netherlands and Hungary were able to accomplish the important triumph: having the Circus listed in their National Inventories of ICH of the UNESCO.

The Federation’s objective is to getting prepared for a multinational application for recognition of circus arts at international level. Partners in the international projects could be countries where the national recognition is completed.


Warm welcomes to our new Friend of the Federation : the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
14 November 2017

The partnership continues between the two organizations:  the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (SFF) accepted the invitation to be Friend of the Federation.

SFF was founded in 1967. Every year late June and beginning of July the Festival brings together hundreds of tradition bearers from around the world on the National Mall of the United States in Washington to share their culture. The Festival became an international model for presenting the vitality of the cultural heritage in our society. Through the voices of the communities themselves, the Festival shows that cultural traditions are living, dynamic part of contemporary life.

In 2017, celebrating the 50th anniversary, one of the main themes of the 10 days event was circus arts. Unprecedented attention was given to that performing art form: to its past, present and future. 

Almost 7 million peoples visited the different programs allowing them to get a better knowledge of circus arts, to meet artists, to follow training sessions, to look behind the scene, to participate in narrative stages and to enjoy the performances. 

The National Endowment for Arts (Ministry of Culture by European terms) organized a conference for stake holders, and professionals of circus during the festival, and it expressed a firm and very important opinion on circus saying that it is a peoples’ art that deserves unilateral support all over the country.

The Federation was the first international partner of the SFF and our colleagues actively took part in the preparatory works and in the festival. That partnership laid the base of good relationship and possible cooperation on the long run.

Preservation and promotion are of shared interest and common fields where both the Federation and SFF wish to collaborate in the future.

Learn more about SFF:    www.festival.si.edu


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