Brussels, 18 October 2016
Under the Big Top - Round-table conference
Mr. István Újhelyi, member of the European Parliament, deputy chair of the Commission of Transport and Tourism, offered the opportunity of having a conference about the present and future of circus arts in the Parliament. This is a historical event for our sector as we witness the circus becoming a debutant topic there.
Members of the Parliament, numerous representatives of the industry and circus related organisation, young artists and those being interested in the event attended the meeting. Commissioner Tibor Navracsics (responsible for culture) delivered the keynote speech. He underlined the importance of the cultural sector in Europe, which is an engine of creativity, mobility, and economic growth. 2018 will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage and that year our community will celebrate the 250 years of of the European circus therefore there are many possibilities for collaboration.
Mr Újhelyi in his turn said: " Circus arts, in all its varieties is a valuable and remarkable part of the European Culture. The traditional circus is a blend of organised artistic and musical entertainment in which acts featuring acrobats, clowns,and domesticated and wild animals are performing in the same ring in turn.......circus arts is still one of the most influential artistic product, which plays a key role in the entertaining, and tourism industry. Our conference in the European Parliament aims to bring European decision-makers and the representatives of the traditional and the new generation of circus arts closer, in order to find out how we could preserve the traditional circus values."
Mr Újhelyi called upon the Commission to work on a new study about the present situation of circuses in EU countries.
Mr Újhelyi had 2 other proposals:
- stressed the necessity to work out a quality certificate system for circuses
- suggested to work out a CIRCUS MANIFESTO in collaboration with all stake holders, to formulate the challenges and needs to assure the future.
FMC was represented by its President and Executive director, Mr. Urs Pilz, and Zsuzsanna Mata among the panelist.
Mr. Fekete Péter, general director of the Hungarian State Circus (MACIVA), announced to the Board of Directors of the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque that Hungary has placed circus arts, with its traditions, on its national list of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).
The official ceremony takes place on the 16th of September.
Hungary became the second country in Europe, and indeed in the world, to reach this highly important objective.
Warm congratulations to all of you who made this possible!
MACIVA took the lead and worked hard involving all circus related organizations and in close cooperation with the UNESCO office in Budapest.
A working group of 5 people dedicated months of labor to prepare the application to UNESCO which was finally approved as a clear sign of appreciation of circus arts in Hungary.
The Hungarian story is an example to be followed by other countries!
FMC continues to work on its UNESCO project to reach the acceptance of circus arts on the international ICH list.
We invite representatives of countries working on this to contact FMC and to make use of our accumulated experience and knowledge we can offer.