CIRCUS NEWS

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

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


27 October 2017
2018, 250th anniversary year of modern circus arts

The upcoming 250th anniversary year of modern circus arts moves the circus community worldwide towards celebrating this
exceptional date.
Activities in the birthplace,Newcastle Under Lyme, of Philip Astley, the founder of modern circus, have already started.
Beginning of October within the frame of "Philip Astley Project" a meeting with Charlie Cairoli took place and the organizer, Mr. Andrew van Buren, took the opportunity to pay tribute to the Monte Carlo Circus Festival as well. 
Mr. van Buren and his family worked continuously for decades to succeed honoring Philip Astley in his birthplace. Congratulation for the achievements.

More information: www.philipastley.org.uk and www.vanburen.org.uk


18 October 2017
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.
The ceremony was conducted by the Mayor of the Romanian capital.
 
Prince Rainier passion for circus opened a new chapter in its history.
The tradition of organising  circus festivals was created and circus as a performing art form gained and regained more prestige in popular entertainment. Monte-Carlo became the most prestigious meeting point of the best artists around the Globe since 43 years.
 
It was Prince Rainier’s idea to establish a worldwide organisation for preserving and promoting circus arts and of course for representing its interest.
The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque embodies his ideas and we pledge to serve the best possible way the international circus community.
 

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.