CIRCUS NEWS

02 August 2017
Smithsonian Folklife Festival

A milestone in the history of American circus arts

This summer the Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary choosing as main theme circus arts.

The Mall in Washington for 10 days became a "circus site" where close to 800 000 visitors enjoyed the different programs.

It showcased the past, the present of circus arts and focused on its future. Besides professional artists young  performers from circus schools, youth and social circuses entertained the public under the Big Chapiteau of Circus Sarasota.

The prestigious Industrial Building was converted into a temporally circus school and coaches introduced the long and difficult process of learning tricks. The Wallenda family presented daily their open air high wide act. An open air flying trapeze practice with the instructor explaining and coaching the students was a special attraction. There were a couple of thematic so called heritage stages all over the place featuring the heritage side and grassroots movement of  circus arts.

During the closing ceremony the organisers paid tribute to Monaco, to the Grimaldi family for their contribution to circus arts. Ms. Pauline Doucret, President of the Jury of the New Generation Festival of Monte-Carlo took part in that event.

The Federation Mondiale du Cirque was the first international partner of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and played an active role during the preparatory works and at the festival too.

The National Endowment  for the Arts organised a full day conference on the present and future of circus arts.

On behalf of the Federation Zsuzsanna Mata spoke about the importance of the World Circus Day and called upon the American circus community to join the common celebrations with massive participation.

That conference for the first time ever brought together the stakeholders of the American circus arts.

The Folklife Festival marked a historical milestone in the history of the American circus arts: it raised public awareness and prestige, it opened the possibilities for wider and most effective collaboration between the stakeholders.

Now it's the responsibility of the community to explore these possibilities.

The success and achievements of circus arts in one country has a global effect as this performing art form is truly international. 


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!