Circus, Education, Heritage - ECA International Academic Conference

Date: January 11, 2024, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Venue: Budapest, City Park, Vajdahunyad Castle, Museum of Hungarian Agriculture

Organiser: European Circus Association (ECA) logó National Circus Arts Centre

Conferencer: Anna Vas


The conference of the European Circus Association (ECA) presents current issues of European circus culture. ECA offers a chance to learn about practices of Hungarian and international circuses, and to open professional discussions on topics such as: animal wellbeing, the cultural recognition of circus, the regulation of circus artists’ mobility, the education of children travelling with circuses, circus in education, higher circus education, circus heritage, and circus museology.

The Circus, education, heritage – ECA International Academic Conference will host seventeen lecturers from nine countries to report on their own results of circus-related research, in Hungarian, English, French, Russian, and German language.

12.00–13.00 Wonderful Circus World – International Circus History

11 January 2024 will also be a celebration of circus performing arts and circus science in Budapest's Városliget, when we open our major international exhibition on circus history. The exhibition of the 15th Budapest Circus Festival will bring together for the first time Hungarian artist dynasties, special artist relics and stories, historical documents of Hungarian world number circus productions, as well as important works of circus art and film.

13.00–13.45 Lunch Break


The conference is open to all and no pre-registration is required.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French, German, Russian and Hungarian.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the conference!

On behalf of the organisers:

Péter Fekete, Director General of the National Circus Arts Centre and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Budapest Circus Festival,
Emese Joó, Head of the Museum, Library and Archives of Hungarian Circus Arts,
Tünde Kerülő, Exhibition Manager of the Museum, Library and Archives of Hungarian Circus Arts,
Andrea Horthy, Leader of the Mentoring Programme of the National Circus Arts Centre,
András Sándor, Leader of the Educational Programme of the National Circus Arts Centre.

Contact: conference@circus.hu