The traditional Circus Directors’ luncheon of the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque was held at Hotel Hermitage on the 19 January. The event was sponsored by the Société des Bains de Mer of Monaco.
H.S.H . Princess Stéphanie, honorary president of the Federation assisted the lunch, as usual. More than 120 circus directors and professionals were invited and during the official program MEP Újhelyi read out the message of Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner of the European Commission for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth sent to the Federation and the Festival. ( link to the letter).
Participants were informed about the results of the two pilot years of the Big Top Label, quality assurance system for European circuses. Altogether 6 circuses were awarded in 2018-2019 and the project goes on in an extended format.
Every year the Federation nominates its Circus Ambassador. This recognition goes to personalities who continuously work on preserving and promoting circus arts.
In 2020 Mr. Péter Fekete, Minister of Culture of Hungary, got this distinguished recognition.