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XII. Budapest International Circus Festival to Open the 250th Anniversary Year of the Modern Circus

By Fanni Kaszás // 2017.12.27.

126 artists from 4 continents and 15 countries will perform between 8-14 January in Budapest’s Capital Circus within the framework of the the XII. Budapest International Circus Festival. The week-long event will mark the opening of the 250th anniversary of the birth of contemporary circus art, which will be celebrated throughout Europe in 2018. 

The opening ceremony will honour the  memory of Philip Astley, who opened the first modern circus in an amphitheatre in London in 1768. The founder later established 18 other permanent circus in Europe.

In the opening production of the festival, the Clown d’Or (Golden Clown) winner  Flórián Richter and his son, Kevin, will perform an equestrian show with their team.

Besides Hungarian artists, the festival will also feature performers from all around the world, including the Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe, the Troupe Nomuna from Mongolia, the Russian clown trio Without Socks, the Duo Cardio from Mexico, or Las Bellas Chicas from Cuba.

As usual, Eugene Chaplin, son of Charlie Chaplin, will chair the international professional jury, while members of the jury will include Fabrice Becker, director of production at Cirque du Soleil Canada.

There will be plenty of accompanying events besides the competition, such as film screenings, professional conferences, circus pedagogical programs and exhibitions.

After the festival, the Capital Circus will wait the audience with a selection of the best performances until March 15.


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