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Press Release

- For immediate release - 1 June 2010

Many ECA members take part in the World Circus Day

Organized by the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque, the first World Circus

Day was celebrated in 36 countries on 17 April 2010. After the European

Circus Association (ECA) had launched the European Circus Day in

2008, this European event has now gained world-wide significance.

The day had been prepared with active support by the European Circus

Association and thus its world-wide success is also due to the fantastic

participation of many ECA members. Whether in Germany, in the

Netherlands, in Italy, Spain, France, in the Scandinavian countries or in

Eastern Europe: on that day, the circus “in all of its many forms”

(according to Princess Stephanie of Monaco) was honoured and

celebrated. Circuses, both classical and contemporary, were joined by

circus festivals, circus friends and circus historical societies, professional

circus schools, youth organizations, museums and libraries housing circus

collections, representatives of local governments, public sector cultural

organizations and state-sponsored circus companies.

The European Circus Association represents the European circuses to

authorities and the general public. The ECA wants to promote circus arts

and culture and to protect this important part of our common cultural

heritage. ECA President Urs Pilz is vice president and artistic director of

the International Circus Festival in Monte-Carlo. Nearly all renowned

European circuses are members of the ECA.

For more information:

Arie Oudenes 0031 33 455 35 69


On the pictures

1) “Colonel Joe” at Circus Krone„s elephant breakfast in Heilbronn.

2) Arie Oudenes received a donation from a benefit performance for the

ECA, organized by Gran Circo Mundial in Sevilla.

3) Horsemen during a street parade in Budapest, organized by the

Hungarian Circus and Variety (Maciva).

More pictures can be obtained from Dirk Kuik:


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Taken on June 2, 2010