CIRCUS NEWS

Federation News
30 June 2017
Letter of Condolences to Mrs Christel Sembach Krone

To Circus Krone Family
 
On behalf of the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque I would like to express our deepest condolences.
 
Ms. Christel Sembach Krone belonged to the greatest generation of artists and circus directors.
 
We lost the Lady of the Circus, but her legacy will be remembered forever. Her life will be always an exemplar and a source of inspiration for the generations to come.
 
We lost our Circus Ambassador who contributed so much to the preservation and promotion of circus arts. Her reputation and her unconditional labor helped so many times to overcome difficulties and to raise the public awareness and the status of the circus.
 
Sincerely yours:
 
Urs Pilz                          Zsuzsanna Mata
President                      Executive Director

28 June 2017
Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Expectations are high before the opening of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival(SFF). The Festival celebrates its 50st anniversary and on this special occasion one of central themes of the event is circus arts.

The National Endowment for Arts of the United States takes part first time ever in a circus related project offering a whole day conference on the 5th of July about the present and the future of circus arts. FMC has a panel during the discussions and Zsuzsanna Mata, executive director, will speak about the importance of World Circus Day celebrations.

The SFF will be opened on the 29 June. The following 10 days the Mall of Washington will be loud by interesting programs offering entertainment and an open platform for visitors to get acquainted with the less known features of this performing art form and have their personal experience in the circus world which has very strong social cohesion strength.

FMC is proud to be an official international partner of the Smithsonian Institution. The Federation actively took part in the preparatory works and our representatives will be present during the festival.

(www.festival.si.edu)


Federation News
21 June 2017
Big Top Label

The Circus Manifesto, initiated by István Újhelyi, member of the European Parliament, has foreseen the elaboration of the Big Top quality assurance system for circuses.

The Big Top Label (BTL) first workshop took place in Brussels on the 31st of May. It was a historical event as two circus-theme meetings never have been held within 7 months at the European Parliament.

The workshop focused on collecting ideas how to build up an objective, effective, transparent, comprehensive, impartial and fair system. The professional framework will be developed by circus stakeholders and independent, external experts.

Mr. Urs Pilz, President of the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque and the European Circus Association, represented both organizations together with Zsuzsanna Mata. Mr. Pilz emphasized the importance of the creation of the new system and accentuated that both organizations are ready and willing to offer a platform and professional input for BTL.

The new project aims to distinguish circuses by quality regardless whether they are small or big, whether they are traditional or new, with or without animals, touring or permanent, performing in tent, arena or theater.  It is a complex task but the only viable method to make it work.

It will be designed to operate all over Europe independently from national regulations.

BTL would be great for promotion and for business too at the same time. It should offer advantage for all those ready to participate and support those circuses, companies which are willing to participate.

All your ideas and comments are welcome. Please share your thoughts on the Federation’s Facebook site.


Federation News
11 April 2017
Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s communication on World Circus Day 2017

The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque is an official partner of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival(SFF), which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Festival, first time ever, has chosen circus arts as the main theme of the 10 days events end of June and beginning of July on the Mall in Washington.

Read the SFF communication on 15th April, World Circus Day 2017

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Circus Arts program


Federation News
11 April 2017
Circus in the focus

The Féderation Mondiale du Cirque (FMC) in close collaboration with István Ujhelyi, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) launches a campaign on World Circus Day 2017 to present the diversity of circus arts and its reality behind the curtains.

The Circus Manifesto (www.circusmanifesto.eu) was announced and signed in Monte-Carlo during the FMC circus directors’ luncheon on the 22nd of January 2017. The document contains MEP Ujhelyi’s initiative to create a system of evaluation for circuses: the so called Big Top Label. This quality assurance system will allow promoting high quality circuses, to help the public to go for real values.

On the way of getting prepared to work out the principles and methods of the Big Top Label we want to present the best examples of circus arts, its beauty and wonders, its difficulties and of course its growing social effects.

We invite you to participate and tell your opinion (contact@bigtoplabel.com) Enjoy the video and support us by sharing it please.


Federation News
07 April 2017
World Circus Day 2017 - 15th of April, 2017

Held on the third Saturday each April, World Circus Day is a special day to celebrate Circus Arts and Culture.

The 8th World Circus Day will be held on 15 April 2017.

This is the biggest common international feast of the circus communities around the Globe. It"s a special opportunity to celebrate together, to get more supporters and fans of the art of happiness. Our possibilities are borderless.

The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque asks all its partners, circuses of all kind, circus friends, schools, and other organizations to find a partner to plan and host World Circus Day events. Please make sure your registration names all the partners collaborating on an event.

Register your event now here.

We are looking forward to your inspiring photos taken during the events for further publication!


Federation News
10 February 2017
The Circus Manifesto was officially presented in Monte Carlo

Dr. Újhelyi István, member of the European Parliament, officially presented the Circus Manifesto during the circus directors’ luncheon of the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque in Monte-Carlo on the 22nd January.

The Manifesto was initiated by Dr. Újhelyi at the conference on Circus Arts held in the European Parliament last October. The document was prepared on a wide range of consultations with circus professionals and it summarizes the values of circus arts, its needs and tasks for the future.

FMC’s Honorary President H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie of Monaco was the first to sign the book of Supporters.

You can read and study The Manifesto on the internet in several languages. Though it is a European initiative but its content and influence is far beyond of the continent.

If you share the principles and tasks stressed by the document please sign it online.

www.circusmanifesto.eu


Federation News
02 February 2017
Circus Ambassador 2017

The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque has the tradition since 2009 to award the prestigious title of Circus Ambassador each January to a personality whose contribution to the preservation, development and promotion of circus arts is an example to follow.The nominee in 2017 is Mr. Maxim Nikulin.

The plaque was handled by Mr. Urs Pilz, President of the Federation, at the Circus Directors’ luncheon in Monte-Carlo during the 41st International Circus Festival.