The legal procedure to classify Hungarian-style circus horse acrobatics as a Hungaricum has begun, State Secretary for Culture Péter Hoppál announced at the opening of a new show at Budapest’s Metropolitan Grand Circus on 10 January. The State Secretary supports the renewal of the building of the Circus within the Liget Budapest programme.
After recalling the genre’s most important milestones in the past three years, including a 2013 law on classifying circus as a separate genre of the performing arts, Péter Hoppál said that his secretariat will support the initiative to redevelop the out-of-date building of the Metropolitan Grand Circus within the Liget Budapest project. The circus is adjacent to Városliget, the city’s biggest park, which will be the location of the new Museum Quarter, to be completed by 2018.
The present national gala show counts as significant and extraordinary in several ways, primarily for bringing Hungary’s greatest acrobats to the stage. My special greetings go to equestrian acrobat Flórián Richter, the sole Hungarian champion at the International Circus Festival held in Monte Carlo, the Donnert Group’s world-famous equestrian show and trapeze artist Ibolya Axt”, Mr. Hoppál said.