We will hold the opening of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival with which the festive year of the 250th anniversary of modern circus will open.

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.

Lyrical Circus Late-Night Show

Sunday, 07 January 2018


The Budapest Circus is open to the public with a modern, all-round circus show. The astonishing symbiosis of poetry, music and art productions is 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 will be held on the 12th of January, Friady, at 22:00 in Capital Circus.

Newcomer show

Sunday, 07 January 2018

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 organize the Newcomer Show where the Hungarian performers as well as the new generation, the promising talents introduce themselves to the audience.

The Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe are preparing for their Umbrella Juggling that they will show on the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival for the first time.

Straight Labyrinth

Saturday, 06 January 2018

A new contemporary circus production will be 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 will start on the 8th of January, Monday, 20:00, in the MACIVA Circus Art Studio. All tickets are sold for this show.

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 will be held on the 8th of January, Monday, at 17:30.

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

The 12th Budapest Circus Festival will start on the 8th of January, and with this event, the festive year of 2018 celebrating the 250th anniversary of modern circus will start. On the 8th of January, Monday, at 16:00 the best artists in the world will march on the red carpet in the Capital Circus while music plays. The following artists will take part on the festival:

Eugene Chaplin, president of the Vevey Comedy Festival, consultant to the International Circus Festival of Vaudreuil-Dorion in Canada, son of Charlie Chaplin will arrive to Hungary on Monday to be the jury president for the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival. One of the most elegant hotel excitedly prepares for his reception.

We are happy to announce that the Without Socks Russian Clown Trio has arrived in Hungary to make their audience laugh in the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival.

We are happy to announce that all tickets are sold for the Straight Labyrinth, the first accompanying program of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival!

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. Now our video is available about this event.

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

Artist Interview: Boris Lazarov

Thursday, 07 December 2017

Our Christmas show, the MAGIC BUBBLES for Christmas in the Circus is widely popular. The Lazarov Troupe also perform in this show with their dzhigit act. Now we made an interview with the leader of the troupe, Boris Lazarov that how he likes here and where did he find inspiration for the act.

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

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Packages are available in our website, that not only contains tickets but accommodation as well!

Castle Garden Variety

Monday, 04 December 2017

Castle Garden Variety is 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 will astonish, make laugh and amaze the audience.

Two frenetic student groups of the Artist School of Kiev will make 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.

The show has a break and we recommend it to everyone regardless of age.

Budapest Castle Bazaar, 13th of January, 2018, 15:00

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 audience laugh 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!

People stand in queues in front of the circus! MAGIC BUBBLES for Christmas in the Circus is very popular, for many of the show times there are only limited seats available! Because of this MAGIC BUBBLES will be on show for one more day, so those who missed the opportunity, now will be able to visit the show. That is why MAGIC BUBBLES will be on show on the 20th of December at 15:00!

You can read here more about our show times.

Maski Theatre (Ukraine): Maski Cubed

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The world famous Maski Theatre will travel 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 will perform 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 will present plenty of colossal ideas and comedic situations on the stage.

Circus and public education

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Since 1991, the 22nd of November is the Day of Hungarian Public Education, which goal is to draw attention to the significance and importance of public education, since school is the first station on the way to the future. This is a truth we are aware of too, and that is why started to hold circus pedagogy presentations called special lectures since 2016’s fall in the Capital Circus.

Artist Interview: Agustín Viglione

Monday, 20 November 2017

We had the premier of the Magic Bubbles for Christmas show at the 4th of November. For this occasion, we made a mini-interview with Agustín Viglione who creates magic bubbles since 2010, and he also performed this act in many television show.

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