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Hungary wins big at Budapest International Circus Festival

The József Richter Jr. and Merrylu Richter acrobatic couple and the China National Acrobatic Troupe win medals at the XIII. Budapest International Circus Festival.

Hungary’s internationally-renowned circus festival is almost a quarter of a century old and this year is the 13th year in a row that the city has hosted the event. The 2020 edition of the festival features world-renowned performers from four continents, with China alone sending a 31-strong company.

At the Newcomer Show, young Hungarian talents were honored for their outstanding performances. Roberto Varga Riko won gold, the High5 trio was awarded silver, and Regina Russ received a bronze medal.

In the Hungarian circus directors’ awards, József Richter Jr. and Merrylu Richter won gold, the China National Acrobatic Troupe bagged silver and Yves & Ambra took home the bronze.

At the event’s opening gala, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the circus is an art form of immense importance to Hungary’s cultural heritage and “a national treasure”.

The minister added that Hungarians are proud of the Budapest International Circus Festival’s 24-year history and of the opportunity to host the event for the 13th time.

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