02 March 2018
Meeting on Culture in Brussels

On 19 February, a meeting - organized by the DG Culture of the European Commission - took place at which stakeholders of the cultural sector were invited to give their views on the EU culture policy agenda. The initial policy paper dates back to 2007. Now, ten years later, the Commission wishes to update its policy objectives to align with the reality of today and take into consideration the societal and technological changes to draw up a New Agenda.

Stakeholders were invited to give their views and input on:

  • The policy framework (the three objectives: cultural diversity, culture as catalyst of creativity, culture as vital element of external relations).
  • European added value
  • Working methods
  • Key actors
  • Strengthening policy-program links
  • Sector-specific work/themes

At the end of the meeting Commissioner Navracsics presented his views:

  • It is now the moment to ensure that the interest for culture remains high on the political agenda, after the declaration by Heads of State last November in Gothenburg.
  • The main line of argumentation is: culture is as important as social policy when considering the contribution of culture to the European societies
  • The strategy to argue for culture is two-fold:
    • The role of culture in the future cohesion of society (the role of culture to contribute to well-being, international relations, living in peace)
    • The contribution of culture to the future competitiveness of the European economy
  • Budget-wise his aim is to bring together culture, media and the digital to re-instate the natural unity of culture. Synergies would also be made with education, sports and youth. Besides ‘youth’ another cross-sectoral element mentioned, concerns mobility and cross-border cooperation.  

12 February 2018
World Juggling Tour 2018

World Jugging Tour 2018

World Juggling Tour has been officially inaugurated during the New Generation Festival in Monte-Carlo on the 3rd of February 2018.

Ms. Paulin Ducruet , President of the Jury of the New Generation Festival of Monte –Carlo handled the three specially made juggling clubs to a young participant of the festival marking with that the official opening of the mega program of the Federation in honor of the 250th anniversary of modern circus arts.

The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque, under the honorary presidency of H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie, initiated an unprecedented worldwide action focusing of the new generation of circus artists. 25 professional circus schools were invited all around the Globe to take part in it. The same three clubs with the logos of the Federation and of the 250th anniversary travel from A to B and so on. The students produce a short video introducing their skills, school, and city. By the end of the tour a final edition of the received video material will be edited and introduced on World Circus Day 2018 (21 April).

The official closure of the tour will be celebrated in Philip Astley’s birthplace, in Newcastle-under-Lyme/UK.

The three circus clubs connecting the world symbolize, friendship, collaboration and the future of our performing art-form.


22 January 2018
Circus Ambassador 2018

Annual Circus Directors' Luncheon of the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque

In presence of H.S.H. Princess Stephanie, Honorary President of the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque, we are proud to announce that the Board of Directors nominated  Dr. István Ujhelyi, member of the European Parliament, Circus Ambassador 2018 for his valuable support and ongoing contribution to circus arts.

18 January 2018
Philip Astley Monument

In presence of HSH Prince Albert II and HSH Princess Stephanie, Honorary President of the Federation Mondiale du Cirque, Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo, Federation Mondiale du Cirque and European Circus Federation inaugurated the Philip Astley Monument to celebrate the 250th anniversary of modern circus and its creator Philip Astley.

January 2018, 42nd Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo, Monaco. 
Left to right on the picture below : Dr Alain Frère, Mr. Urs Pilz, Mrs. Marie Chevalier, Mr. Louis Ducruet, HSH Prince Albert II, HSH Princess Stéphanie, Mrs. Pauline Ducruet, Mrs. Zsuzsanna Mata, Mr. Helmut Grosscurth, Mr. Andrew Vanburen
Copyright : Monte-Carlo Festivals

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.

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.

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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.

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