CIRCUS NEWS

CONGRATULATION FINLAND!
28 November 2017


Circus Culture is put on the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.

The good collaboration with the traditional, contemporary circuses and youth circus schools, the serious work of the whole Finnish circus community resulted in the historical recognition of the circus culture. It has been accepted and included into the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of the UNESCO.

Finland became the third country in Europe where circus arts has been given that prestigious status.

The National Board of Antiquities is responsible of the implementation of the UNESCO ICH Convention (2003). Finland signed the convention in 2013.

From the document:

“The resulting inventory is a tool which can be used to identify, describe and convey knowledge about and information on living traditions….

The selection of an element into the National Inventory of Living Heritage is recognition to the communities that work with the traditions. The inclusion in the Inventory makes the traditions more visible than before. At the same time, it brings them one step closer to being recognized internationally.”

The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque initiated in 2012 the so called UNESCO project. The main idea was to raise awareness at national level of the cultural values of circus arts.

Since that the Netherlands and Hungary were able to accomplish the important triumph: having the Circus listed in their National Inventories of ICH of the UNESCO.

The Federation’s objective is to getting prepared for a multinational application for recognition of circus arts at international level. Partners in the international projects could be countries where the national recognition is completed.