CIRCUS NEWS

28 November 2017
CONGRATULATION FINLAND!

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.

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.