Philip Astley monument

Inauguration of Philip Astley monument during the 42nd Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo in Monaco.


World Juggling Tour 2018

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



Meeting on Culture in Brussels
02 March 2018

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.  

World Juggling Tour 2018
12 February 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.


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