The 14th International Budapest Circus Festival that began in Budapest on Tuesday will feature over a hundred artists from four continents.
The festival opened with the first-ever international academic conference. Entitled Circus Buildings in Europe, it focused on the establishment, survival, transformation, functional change, destruction, and renewal of European circus buildings. At the conference, French, British, Bulgarian, Monegasque, Canadian, and Hungarian experts reviewed historic circus buildings in Europe, explored the history of the Capital Circus of Budapest, and discussed new architectural trends and technologies.
“Throughout history, circus has evolved from entertainment into an art form. The preservation of circus traditions must be our generation’s mission, which requires physical space and a solid building,” said Péter Fekete, the Hungarian state secretary for culture. Fekete also encouraged and called on other nations to build more “temples of culture.”
In his opening speech, Alain Frere, the founder and artistic director of the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival, welcomed the Budapest Festival as an opportunity for representatives of the world’s circuses to meet.
On January 12th the festival will feature a Red Carpet Show, a parade of participating artists beginning at 5 pm in the square in front of the Capital Circus in City Park.
The Newcomer Show, which presents young Hungarian artists and talents, will take place on Friday, and the festival will close with a gala and award ceremony on January 17th.
Source: MTI, image: via Tibor Illyés/MTI