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For one week the whole world paid attention to Budapest! On the 8th of January the festive year of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the modern circus art in Europe has started in Hungary. Whole Europe celebrated for one year, and the opening celebration was held on the Budapest International Circus Festival, in the Capital Circus!

The 12th Budapest International Circus Festival was held between the 8th and 14th of January 2018. The European Opening Ceremony was held: on the 9th of January 2018.

It was a great honor that the international organizations gave the right of the opening event for the 250th festive year to the Budapest International Circus Festival!

On the occasion of the anniversary, the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival had a bigger show repertoire, and besides the classic programs of the circus festival there were notable contemporary circus art show in more places. Uniquely in the history of circus festivals classic and contemporary circus art was held in one place! During the seven days of the grandiose international muster there were plenty of accompanying events besides the competition: film screenings, professional conferences, circus pedagogical programs, exhibitions that offered unforgettable circus experience on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the modern circus art.

Opening events

The 12th Budapest Circus Festival started on the 8th of January, and with this event, the festive year of 2018 celebrating the 250th anniversary of modern circus started as well. On the 8th of January, Monday, at 16:00 the best artists in the world marched on the red carpet in the Capital Circus while music plays.

Besides that the monumental, international exhibition titled '250 years Circus – 250 meters Circus Art' was compiled for the occasion and commemorates the jubilee of circus. 250 images displayed led you through the history of the circus in Europe from the beginning in 1768 to the present, 2018. The international exhibition was opened by dr. Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education on the 8th of January, Monday, at 17:00 in the Capital Circus.

 

The name Tihany is a notion in circus art! It is not only a national bond but the synonym of outstanding quality. Thanks to the persons who created acts and performances deriving from such new aspects that they resulted in reforming the whole circus art in the last two decades of the 20th century. Ferenc Czeisler, one among those artists had a key role in that process. He, the father of Circus Tihany is interpreted as the reformer of the circus art in all over the world. The premiere was held on the 8th of January, Monday, at 17:30. 

Opening numbers

Modern circus art celebrates its 250th birthday in 2018.

The first modern circus opened in 9th of January 1768 with the guidance of Philip Astley. For this reason the opening event of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival started with the horse act of Flórián Richte Hungarian artist, who won the first prize in the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo in 2008.

The Rippel Brothers in the Circus Festival!

The Rippel Brothers also performed on the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival! Both A and B shows started with the two brothers’s, Ferenc Rippel’s and Viktor Rippel’s spectacular handstand opening number, after which the competition started!

Paticipants

Show „A”

Opening Production:
 
Richter Flórián – Horseback acrobat act (Hungary)
Rippel Brothers – Handstand in the air (Hungary)
 
Competition program
 
1. Las Bellas Chicas – Chinese rod act (Cuba)
2. Duo Cardio – Perche act (Mexico)
3. Without Socks – Clown trio (Russia) 
4. Agustín Viglione – Bubble act (Argentina)
5. Presentation of the Jury
6. Duo Solys – Handstand (Cuba)
7. Without Socks – Clown trio (Russia) 
8. Nomuna – Hand voltige (Mongolia)
 
Intermission
 
1. Duo Supka – Jugglers (Czech Republic)
2. Without Socks – Clown trio (Russia)
3. Ádám and Benjamin – Chinese rod act (Hungary)
4. Rafał Walusz – Illusionist (Poland)
5. Hametov Family – Aerial strap act (Uzbekistan)
6. Without Socks – Clown trio (Russia)
7. Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe – Gorgeous Girls - Diabolos (China)
8. Finale

 

Show „B”

Opening Production:
 
Richter Flórián – Horseback acrobat act (Hungary)
Rippel Brothers – Handstand in the air (Hungary)
 
Competition program
 
1. Stanislav Vysotskyi – Juggler (Ukraine) 
2. Alex Bobylev – Clown (Russia)
3. Bazan Sisters – Handstand (Brazil) 
4. Kalashnikov Brothers – Diabolo (Russia)
5. Presentation of the Jury
6. Alex Bobylev – Clown (Russia)
7. Nomuna – Teeterboard act (Mongolia)
 
 
Intermission
 
1. Vodyanik Group: Gallea Act – Aerial act (Russia)
2. Alex Bobylev – bohóc/ Clown (Russia)
3. Brayan Gambi – Handstand (France)
4. Andrejs Fjodors - pigeon and dog act (Latvia)
5. Duo Feeling – gurtniszám/ Aerial bungee strap act (Ukraine) 
6. Duo Funcoholics – Chinese rod act (Russia)
7. Alex Bobylev – Clown (Russia)
8. Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe – Umbrella Juggling (China)
9. Finale

 

About the participants:

Two years ago Sun Lili, creative director of the Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe and artistic director of Beijing Acrobat School made a promise as one of the juries of the 11th Budapest International Circus Festival: she would create a world-class act that had never been before with her team by 2018, on the condition that it would be shown on the next Budapest Circus Festival. The time of the circus festival arrived, and

·         The world-class act was ready: with the performance of the Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe we witnessed a special lotus bloom. Unlike traditional umbrella jugglers, in this performance a new dimension of juggling skill unfolded through the pulsating movement of the elegant human lotus that originates from the roots of the harmonic Chinese culture. The umbrellas shine as the petals of the bloom of this magnificent human compositions, and show the amazing beauty of the Chinese temperament. The Chinese group arrived to the festival with a diabolo act as well.

·         The Troupe Nomuna invited the visitors to a dynamic, reckless world, they showed two act as well – one spring board and one hand voltage production – in the competition. The group which consists of 12 participants previously had won two big prizes, five gold medals and one silver medal during the last three years with their outstanding performance.

·         Youthful energy characterizes the Russian clown trio, the Without socks, who create their novel, fresh and extraordinarily humorous performances based on the tradition of clown art

 

Other participants of the show:

·         the Duo Cardio with their perch act from Mexico,

·         Agustín Viglione with his magic bubble act from Argentine,

·         the Las Bellas Chicas group with their Chinese pole act from Cuba,

·         Andrejs Fjodorvs with his dog- and pigeon act from Latvia,

·         the Duo Solys with their handstand act from Cuba,

·         the Hametov Family with their strap act from Uzbekistan,

·         Alex Bobylev clown from Russia,

·         Brayan Gambit with his handstand act from France,

·         the Kalashnikov Brothers with their diabolo act from Ukraine,

·         Konstantin Gvozdetskiy with their Russian pole act from Russia,

·         the Duo Feeling with their strap act from Ukraine,

·         Stanislav Vysotskyi juggler from Ukraine,

·         the Los Bazan group with their handstand act from Italy, and

·         Vodianik Yaroslavna with her aerialist act.

 

From the Visegrád Four, there were two acts during the competition:

·         the Duo Supka juggler duo from the Czech Republic,

·         and the Polish illusionist, Rafał Walusz who chose the art of illusion as his profession influenced by the world-known Hungarian illusionist, Rodolfo

Members of the Jury

- Eugene Chaplin: jury president, president of the Vevey Comedy Festival, consultant to the International Circus Festival of Vaudreuil-Dorion in Canada

- Peter Dubinsky: owner of the Firebird Productions

- Fabrice Becker: casting director of Cirque du Soleil

- Elisa van der Meiden: casting director of Stardust BV Presentatrice of Germany

- Lyudmila Shevchenko: director of the National Circus of Ukraine in Kiev

- Sun Lili: creative director of China National Acrobatic Troupe, art director of Beijing Acrobatic School

- Fabio Montico: President of the International Circus Festival of Italy

László Endrész: director and producer of Blackpool Tower Circus

Newcomer show

The goal of a festival on one hand is to provide a wide spectrum of the most excellent circus art productions of the world and on the other hand to introduce the most successful Hungarian troupes to the audience. In addition to the competition we also organized the Newcomer Show where the Hungarian performers as well as the new generation, the promising talents introduced themselves to the audience.
 
It is our mission to introduce the Hungarian artists to the most excellent representatives of the profession, circus directors, managers arriving in Hungary from abroad.
 
The Committee of the festival drew the professionals' attention to the excellent representatives of the Hungarian circus art:
 
1. Herczeg Dávid – Rola-Bola act 
2. Sziszka - Acrobatic monocycle act
3. Next Generation - Young Children of Hungarian Circus Directors in the Ring!
Performers: VARGA RIKO MANUEL - juggler
ÁDÁM HENRIK and ÁDÁM DZSAMINA - wire act
EÖTVÖS LORIENN ANNABELL and DONNERT KATALIN - aerial act
DONNERT MELANI - tissue
4. Fodor Felícia –  aerial strap act
5. Lui – illusionist 
Intermission 
1. Vellai Krisztina – aerial act 
2. Bernath Imre – Visual comedy
3. Fábián Attila – Handstand
4. Bernath Imre – Visual comedy
5. High5 – Trampoline act 
6. Golden Pyramid – Power-lifting act

 

Lyrical Circus Late-Night Show

 
CIRCUS MUSIC TRACKS - ETUDES - WHICH THEMSELVES TELL STORIES
 
The Budapest Circus is open to the public with a modern, all-round circus show. The astonishing symbiosis of poetry, music and art productions was elevated in the stage, in which space and time expand. In the production astonishing air, chinese rod, Cyr wheel and bicycle acts conquer the audiance and drive them through of the diverse, emotional relationship between men and women. The show was held on the 12th of January, Friady, at 22:00 in Capital Circus.
 
Perfomers:
 
Silvia Dopazo – Aerial rope act (Spain)
Yan Sokolovskyy & Maria Ilienko – Bicycle date (Ukraine)
Duo Romance – Pole dance act (Romania)
Patrik Nieklan – Cyr wheel act (Poland)
Duo Juderto – Aerial strap act (Hungary)
Artimpression – Trapeze act (Hungary)
Aliona Klimovich – Foot juggling act (Belarus)
Michael Olivares – Aerial strap act (Spain)
Bakk Diána – Pole act (Hungary)
Tatiana Ozhiganova and Denis Yevgenyevich – Aerial act (United Kingdom)
Xtreme Brothers – Powerlifting trio (Romania)

Straight Labyrinth

A new contemporary circus production was presented on the opening night of the 12th Budapest Circus Festival. The director and choreographer of the piece, Máté Hegymegi (HU) created the work with a young team of circus artists in the autumn. The production is based on Yonderboi's music mix Straight Labyrinth with poems of János Pilinszky, Sándor Weöres, Ernő Szép, Frigyes Karinthy, Endre Ady and Shakespeare. Teases of an old clown's memories and associations about a relationship from the desire of discovery to the stifling of absence. Straight Labyrinth started on the 8th of January, Monday, 20:00, in the MACIVA Circus Art Studio. All tickets were sold for this show.

Performers in the Budapest Castle Bazaar

Castle Garden Variety

Castle Garden Variety was an all evening long, highly entertaining, spectacular and unforgettable show, in which the most entertaining, award-winning, well-travelled and selected illusionists, comedians and artists astonished, made laugh and amazed the audience.
 
In this evening an entertaining genre with a long past came alive, which flourishes in Western Europe even today, and in which the world’s greatest stars, musicians, illusionists, comedians and circus artists participated.
 
Performers:
 
Ferenc Kőhalmi – illusionist, master of ceremonies (Illusionist European Championship, bronze award)
Ferenc Galambos – illusionist (Illusionist World Championship, 3rd place)
Csaba Méhes – comedian, pantomime (Grand Prix award)
Rob Alton – BMX (BMX flatland world champion, Cirque du Soleil)
Andrea Alton – aerial ring (Special Prize – Cirque du Demain)
Sebastian & Krisztina – quick change dance (Bronze award – International Circusfestival Ensedei)
 
pianist: Péter Wágner-Puskás
 
Budapest Castle Bazaar, 11th of January 2018, 19:00

Csaba Méhes and the Brass in the Five: LET'S GO TO RIO!

Six street musicians find each other by accident in the whirl of the big city and then they settle for an adventurous journey around the world. Their own music and instruments serve as vehicle, their own playfulness, imagination and joy are their fuel. The journey occurs through instruments, tunes, gestures, the language of pantomime, without words, with hilarious, witty humour, while they make the guests laughing hard. Csaba Méhes is an illustrious Hungarian comedian, pantomime, the master of visual humour and he joins together with the members of Brass in the Five brass quintet in this production!
 
Csaba Méhes - pantomim, comedy
László Simai - trumpet
Attila Monoky - trumpet 
Koppányi Béla - clarion
Péter Soós - horn
Tibor Takács - tuba
 
Budapest Castle Bazaar, 12th of January, 2018, 19:00

 

PlanSHET: PinUp Quartet & DEKRU: Light Souls

Two frenetic student groups of the Artist School of Kiev made their audience laugh hard with their joined comical pantomime performance. The PlanSHET formation were created in March 2016, it was formed by six ladies in their early twenties, they are all students in their third years. Their visual, wordless acts are full of creativity, charm, sensitivity. The second group, Quartet DEKRU is formed by one lady and three gentlemen, whose mature, imaginative performances full of gestures are the highest form of making the audience laugh.
 
Budapest Castle Bazaar, 13th of January, 2018, 15:00

 

Performers in the National Theatre

Maski Theatre (Ukraine): Maski Cubed

The world famous Maski Theatre travelled to Budapest from Odessa to provide more than one and half hour with full of laugh and carefree fun to the Hungarian audience. The Ukrainian comedians performed in the National Theatre as participant of the program of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival held between the 8th and 14th of January. They presented plenty of colossal ideas and comedic situations on the stage.
 
The Ukrainian group has 30 years of experience and countless price. They have a unique style that cannot be mistaken for any other performer. They are well-known not only in their country, but in the world as well. They mix the elements of commedia dell’arte, absurd theatre, pantomime, comedy and clown pranks. They invoke imagination for their production. Georgiy Deliyev, director of the performance said: “We are all looking for freedom, but in many cases, we become the prisoners of our own stereotypes. Our performance seeks out to dismantle borders, and with this we could get to know ourselves better!”
 
National Theatre – Hilda Gobbi Stage – 10th January 2018. 19.00

Festival Programs

ECA Professional Conference in Budapest

Equilibrium, friction, equality – Learning mathematics, physics, biology with the assistance of the circus

12 January 2018, 10:00, Museum of Hungarian Argiculture

Vajdahunyad Castle in Városliget

The international professional world is paying attention to the renewing Hungarian circus art! We are constantly exploring the ways in which people can share the values represented by circus art such as trust, tolerance, endurance, humility, or teamwork.

The circus is a performing-arts branch capable of performing educational tasks, that can shape the relation of young people to the world and to themselves; which can create a new approach with its own symbolism; which is an example of human performance. The Capital Circus is pioneer in the circus pedagogical area and organized the conference of the European Circus Association (ECA), where Hungarian and foreign performers and circus artists discussed the methods and possibilities of its circus pedagogical field. It was about the Hungarian experience with practical presentation.

New ways to reform circus art

Circus pedagogy – using circus art for public education purposes

In connection to the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival, a professional conference will be held on the 10th of January next year with the participation of many countries, organized by the European Circus Association (ECA), which topic will be about the exploration of the possibilities of circus art for public service.

How can circus serve society in important public services? What public messages can certain circus acts convey? How can a teacher use a circus visit with her class for educational and pedagogical purposes?

A new method has answer to these questions: circus pedagogy.

Comprehensive experiment with the involvement of elementary and high schools

Just like theatres are used for educational and pedagogical purposes – it is called theatre pedagogy – and using museums for special lectures is wide-spread over the world, visiting circuses can be more than carefree fun and entertainment.

The Capital Circus of Budapest has been experimenting with circus pedagogy for two years now, in which excellent pedagogues analyse the social messages of certain tricks and how we can use those tricks for educational goals with the help of experts.

At the moment, more than twenty subjects are taught in Hungary with the help of circus pedagogy. These subjects are the following: friction, physics, combinatorics, geometrical elements, mathematics, balance, zoology, biology; and in the field of social knowledges: trust, punctuality, caring about each other, equal opportunities. These topics are elaborated precisely and in detail, in the catalogue of circus pedagogy, which we adapt to curriculums and student groups. This method is adopted by travelling circuses as well.

The goal of circus pedagogy is that circus would have an increasingly greater role as an art serving public and social purposes. The new method is important for the circus financially and revenue-wise besides its significance in the field of pedagogy: it increased the number of visitors of circus shows by one-third.

Presenting the new Hungarian pedagogical method at the St. Petersburg Cultural Forum

Peter Fekete, director of Hungarian Circus and Variety Nonprofit Ltd. has already made presentations about the positive results achieved in the paradigm shift in circus art described above at many scientific professional conferences, that got a lot of attention. Right now, he gives a presentation in the highly important St. Petersburg Cultural Forum which is one of this year’s most significant conferences regarding international cultural life.

Magical bubbles and hoop act at the Argentine embassy!

Diplomatic corps, ambassadors, cultural attaches based in Budapest were invited to the Budapest Circus Festival.

On the 18th of December, Monday, at 19:00 Maximiliano Gabriel Gregorio Cernadas, the ambassador of Argentina, invited the employees of the Capital Circus of Budapest to his residency. On the occasion of this event a horse statue honoring the 250th anniversary of the modern circus art was temporarily erected in front of the ambassador's residency, and acrobats entertained the guests:

Argentine circus artist Agustín Viglione dazzled the audience with his magical bubble art, Márk Halasi astonished everyone with his hoop act, and Zsolt Dudás dazzled everyone with his juggler act.

At the event a small exhibition was held about Ferenc „Tihanyi” Czeisler; and László Szakál, Tamás Szakál, László Szabó és Titanilla Szakál-Plósz took care of the mood by performing the music of composers like Johann Sebastian Bach, Ángel Villoldo, Ástor Piazzolla or Goran Bregovic.

Dr. Gábor Bagdy, Deputy Mayor of Budapest spoke about the cooperation between Buenos Aires and Budapest; and he wholeheartedly handed the invitation together with Péter Fekete - Ministerial Commissioner, General Director of Capital Circus of Budapest - to members of the diplomatic corps, inviting them to the 12th Budapest Circus Festival that will be held from 9th to the 14th of January.

Awards at the banquet of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival!

On the 13th of January, Sunday, the competition program of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival was ended with an award giving banquet in Vajdahunyad Castle at 20:00. Many artists who participated in the festival were rewarded with special awards in the banquet. The awards were given by important professionals of the circus profession.
 
The Cuban Las Bellas Chicas group was awarded with Special Award of Blackpool Circus by László Endrész, director and producer of Blackpool Tower Circus. Andrejs Fjodorovs from Latvia received Special Award of Hawaii Asia Pacific Institute of Culture from Sun Lili, creative director of China National Acrobatic Troupe, art director of Beijing Acrobatic School for his dog-pigeon act. For the very same act, Fjodorovs was awarded with Special Award of Latvian Circus Artists Assotiation by Lolita Lipinska director of the Riga Circus. The Czech Duo Supka was awarded with Special Award of Hungarian Artists and Circus Workers Union by Tibor Eötvös, president of the Hungarian Artists and Circus Workers Union.
 
Flórián Richter, director of the Richter Flórián Circus received Capital Circus of Astana Award for his horseback acrobat performance from Erik Zholzhaksynov general director of Capital Circus in Astana of Kazakhstan, while his son, Kevin Richter was awarded by Helmut Grosscurth, president of the European Circus Association with Special Award of European Circus Association for the same performance.
 
Polish illusionist Rafal Walusz received a Special Award of National Circus of Ukraine in Kiev from Lyudmila Shevchenko director of the National Circus of Ukraine in Kiev, while he was also awarded with Special Award from Russian State Company by Tayisia Kornilova general director of ROSGOSCIRK. Ádám Fehér and Benjámin Kassai who represented Hungary with their Chinese pole act received Special Award of International Circus Festival of Latina from Fabio Montico, president of the International Circus Festival of Italy.
 
The Ukrainian Stanislav Vysotskyi received Special Award of Cirkus Minsk for his juggling act from Vladimir Shaban, director of Belarusian State Circus and Special Award of Cirque de Soleil from Fabrice Becker, casting director of Cirque du Soleil. Eugene Chaplin jury president, president of the Vevey Comedy Festival, consultant to the International Circus Festival of Vaudreuil-Dorion in Canada awarded Russian clown Alex Bobylev with Special Award of Eugene Chaplin.
 
The Special Awards of Central European Circus Association were given by Péter Fekete Ministerial Commissioner, general director of the Capital Circus: the first place was given to the Uzbek Hametov Family with their strap act, the second was given to the Ukrainian Duo Feeling for their strap act, while the third was given to the Argentine Agustín Viglione for his bubble act. Péter Fekete also received a Special Award of Firebird Production himself for directing Lyrical Circus Late-Night Show from Peter Dubinsky, owner of the Firebird Productions.
 
Besides the awards some of the participants received invitations from circuses to shows and festivals. Erik Zholzhaksynov invited the Romanian Xtreme Brothers (handstand), the Belarus Aliona Klimovich (foot-juggler) and the Russian Bicycle Date (bycicle act) as performers. Ádám Fehér and Benjámin Kassai received an invitation to International Circus Festival of Latina from Fabio Montico.

Lyrical Circus Late-Night Show received a Special Award!

Lyrical Circus Late-Night Show directed by Péter Fekete Ministerial Commissioner, General Director of Capital Circus received the Special Award of Firebird Production. The Award was given by Peter Dubinsky American producer.
 
“Capital Circus created a new genre with presenting a circus genre with a style that has not been seen previously in any international festival” said in his speech the world-famous circus producer from Orlando, who is considered as one of the most famous circus professional in the world from China to Moscow, from Israel to the USA. The special awards were handed out in the banquet of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival in the ceremony hall of Vajdahunyad Castle.
 
At the end of the award ceremony Péter Fekete made a speech about the creators of Festival and previous directors, and at the request of László Endrész, the professional manager of circus, Józsi Graeser “Dodi” received applause.

 

The 12th Budapest International Circus Festival ended with a gala!

On the 14th January, Sunday, at 19:00 pm, the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival ended with the gala show in Capital Circus and thus ended the opening event of the 2018 event series celebrating the anniversary of 250 years of modern circus art!
 
At the opening act of the show, Hortobágyi Károly Award and Monte Carlo Golden Clown Award winner Flórián Richter and his son, Kevin performed their horseback acrobat act, with which they paid respect to Philip Astley, father of modern circus. After that the Hortobágyi Károly Award winner Rippel Brothers performed their handstand in the air act.
 
The first performer was the Ukrainian Stanislav Vysotskyi who used his body for his unique juggling performance while his hands were tied. He was followed by amazing aerial bungee strap performance of the Ukrainian Duo Feeling expressed gentleness and strength at the same time, then Without Socks clown trio made their audience laugh. Hungary was represented by Ádám Fehér and Benjámin Kassai with their Chinese rod act, the Cuban Duo Solys show an amazing love story with their handstand act, while Mongolian Nomuna Troupe showed a peerlessly precise and gripping teeterboard act.
 
After the intermission, Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe performed their sensational umbrella juggling act, then the Russian Vodyanik Group Gallea followed with their lightweight act. The Latvian Andrejs Fjodorvs proved the harmonious relation between animal and humankind, while the Russian Duo Funcoholics showed an exceptional Chinese rod act. Krisztina Vellai tissue-act was full of momentum and grace and the show ended with Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe dynamic and elegant diabolo act.
 
On the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival Stanislav Vysotskyi, the Vodyanik Group, Duo Solys, as well as Adam Fehér and Benjamin Kassai received Bronze Award. A Silver Award was awarded to Andrejs Fjodorovs, Duo Funcoholics, as well as the Without Socks clown trio. The Nomuna Troupe and Chinese National Acrobat Troupe won the Gold Award.
 
In the Newcomer show of the Budapest International Circus Festival Golden Pyramid won the third place with their power-lifting number, Krisztina Vellai won the second place wit her aerial act, and the High5 won the first place with their trampoline act.
 
In the Lyrical Circus Late-Night Show of the Budapest International Circus Festival the Romanian Duo Romance won the third place with their pole dance act, Belarus Aliona Klimovich won the second place wit her foot juggling act, and the Romanian Xtreme Brothers won the first place with their power lifting act.
 
In addition, the Special Award of the Hungarian Circus Directors has been given to Without Socks, Duo Romance for Lyrical Circus Late-Night Show, and the Next Generation Young Children of Hungarian Circus Directors for Newcomer show. Flórián Richter and Kevin Richter won the Budapest Grand Prix Award and the Special Award of CECA was given to Rippel Academy.
 

 

Partners of the 12th Budapest Circus Festival

Feedbacks from the 12th Budapest Circus Festival

Eugene Chaplin

Dear Peter,
 
Thank you so much for the great time in Budapest.
 
The festival was great and has a very high standard.
 
The lyric circus night was wonderful.
 
Please thank all the people who looked after the jurry, they did a great job.
 
If there is anything I can do or help please let me know.
 
I spoke with Chaplin's world and they are going to contact you very soon.
 
Thanks again and hope to see you soon.
 
If you have time it would be a pleasure for me to guide you around the museum one day.
 
Take care.

 

Eugene Chaplin

 

Francesco Mocellin

Dear Peter,
 
Once more, I want to say thank to You and all Your great staff for the wonderful welcome that You reserved for me.
 
The results of 12 Circus Festival in Budapest were over any expectations for the artistic level and the aesthetic choice; You and all MA.CI.V.A. staff deserve the compliments that You get.
 
Thanks to Dora and to Suzy Eotvos that took care of guests in the best way make us feeling at home.
 
Hope to see You soon in Monte-Carlo.
 
With estimates and friendship,
 

 

Francesco Mocellin

 

Maria Jernström

Dear Peter,
 
I just wanted to thank you for such a great festival you and your team organised. The quality of the festival was really high.
 
One of the best festivals in the world!
 
I heard from ENTE that they were so overwhelmed with the meeting on 12th January at the agricultural museum.
 
Everything was so well prepared and all the guests felt so warmly welcomed and your hospitality.
 
Kind regards,
Maria Jernström
Sirkus Finlandia

 

Harold Voit

Sehr geehrter Kovács Miklós,
 
Hiermit bedanke ich mich ganz herzlich für die freundliche Einladung und das großartige Event. Es war eine sensationelle Veranstaltung und ich habe viele interessante Menschen getroffen und persönlich viel gelernt.
 
Danke und alles Gute
 
Harold Voit

 

Krisztina Ádám

Dear Peter!
 
Let me congratulate You whole-heartedly for organizing the 12th Budapest Circus Festival, it was a phenomenal achievement!
 
I have not been in such a well-organized festival, where they put attention even into the smallest detail!
 
We really enjoyed ourselves!
 
The LYRICAL CIRCUS LATE-NIGHT SHOW was a huge surprise and experience, to conceive and create this event on such a level is an incredibly debut in this profession.
 
Thank You to give us the chance to take part in the Hungarian jury! It was a great honour for us.
 
We wish you great success in the work!
 
Kind regards,
Krisztina Ádám

 

Julien Panel

Dear Peter,
 
I wanted to sincerely congratulate you and your staff again on an outstanding 12th edition of the Budapest circus festival. The quality of the performances on and “off” festival, the beautiful exhibit on the 250th anniversary of the European modern circus and of course an amazing welcoming of the guests.
 
I felt like home and always had someone to help me if I needed to go somewhere or needed something. Special thanks to Dora and to Suzy Eotvos for being here for me at all times. On behalf of Cirque Du Soleil Casting team I want to sincerely thank you for having me in Budapest as part of your special guests and I am looking forward to meeting you again soon somewhere in the world.
 
Best regards,
Julien Panel

 

PlanSHET and Quartet DEKRU

Dear Peter,
 
Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of this great festival. Everything that we saw at the festival is a high level of circus arts and directing. This is unforgettable experience for us and a new page in our art biography. 
 
Many thanks for the warm reception and comfort while staying in Budapest. We are very happy to be friends with you and hope to see you soon again. 
 
6 kisses from our girls and warm hugs from DEKRU. We`re waiting for you in Odessa at Comediada Festival.

 

Theatre Maski

Dear Peter!
 
On behalf of Theatre Maski and Georgiy I’d like to thank you for your warm welcome! It was great pleasure and honor to perform at Circus Festival Budapest.
 
Hugs
Yana

 

Ádám Fehér and Bálint Kassai

Dear Mr. Director Peter Fekete!

We owe you grateful thanks for the chance to participate on the 12th Budapest Circus Festival. A dream came true, for which we worked hard.

Thanks for supporting young artists!

We will remember all the moments of the festival. It was great to meet with artists from all around the world, gain experience. Thanks for the love and support of the audience.

Thanks for the chance, the trust, that you and József “Dodi” Graeser believed in us! Special thanks for Antal Marosi that we could speak in the media, and last but not for the least we are grateful for the technical team of Capital Circus, who worked in the backstage!

We came for the experience, but we left with a Bronze and a special award, and with a lasting experience.

We wish you great success and good cooperation!

Heartfelt regards to every circus fan:
Ádám and Benjámin

 

Ms Carol Gandey

Good afternoon,
 
Having now returned from the Budapest Circus festival, Ms Carol Gandey would like to pass on her thanks for the complimentary tickets you so kindly arranged. 
She had a fantastic time in Budapest and found her time at the festival very beneficial. She had the opportunity to see some artistes that had previously worked for Gandey’s Productions and also some that she now plans to book in the future.
 
I can see that Carol has made some posts to the festival on her Facebook page that you may find interesting. https://www.facebook.com/gandeyscircus/videos/1579695738773183/
 
Once again, thank you for your assistance.
 
Many thanks
 
Dawn Lancaster

 

László Endrész

Jörgen Börsch

Hello Miklós!
 
I have difficulty in expressing my gratitude for your more than kind assistance to me, and indulgence with me, during the 2018 Budapest Nemzetközi Cirkusz Festivál!
 
From, at last, the programme of events was received late past autumn, till the festive gala-supper, sunday evening, I did rely on your help and valuable time, Miklós. Thank you!
 
Budapest is the favourite city of mine, crowned by MaCiVa, the Baross Imre Circus-School and the Circus-Accademy as well as the Fővarosi Nagy Cirkusz.
-  Looking forward to meeting you and your colleagues again  - especially the young ladies at the desk and the V.I.P.-Lounge -  accept please, Miklós, my thanks again and the kindest regards from Denmark and yours most sincerely
 
Jörgen

 

Winners:

 Gold

Nomuna 

Mongolia

 

Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe

China

 Silver

Andrejs Fjodorovs

Latvia

 

Duo Funcoholics

Russia

 

Without Socks

Russia

 Bronze

Stanislav Vysotskyi

Ukraine

 

Vodyanik Group

Russia

 

Duo Solys

Cuba

 

Ádám and Benjámin

Hungary