ANDREW VAN BUREN
British circus artist who specialises in magic, large-scale illusions, juggling and plate spinning. He has worked in British venues including The Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena in London, as well as regularly performing on international cruise ships and presenting shows in the United Arab Emirates. During 2013 amongst other projects, Van Buren worked as magic-consultant and advisor on the show Houdini, which toured theatres in the UK. Andrew is the driving force & leading light curator of the Philip Astley Project – creating & uniting archives, exhibitions and events all celebrating in 2018 & beyond the 250th anniversary of the first modern circus ring.

 

ALEXANDRE GRIMAILO
Circus artist/clown, director of AG Studios. Winner of the All-Soviet Competition of Circus Artistes prize in 1982. A former Chief Director of Tula State Circus, he also worked in the Centre of Circus Arts in Moscow. He created over 15 acts, many of which became winners of different national and international competitions. In 1996, he was Chief Director of the First Festival of Circus Arts in Moscow in the Red Square and received the Special Prize for Direction. Since 1996, he has taken part in international creative projects in Germany, UAE, the U.K., the U.S.A., the Netherlands, and Belgium.

 

ANTONIO GIAROLA
Director of the Educational Centre of Documentation of Circus Arts (CEDAC) and President of the National Association for the Development of Circus Arts. He is one of the founders of the Academy of Circus Art in Verona. He has been the director and artistic consultant of many circuses, including Herman Renz, the Florilegio of Darix Togni, Embell Riva and Nando Orfei while acting as the artistic director of the Verona and Latina circus festivals. He has been a consultant for the Ministry of Culture in Italy.

 

CHRISTIAN NOLENS
Founder of Belgian Circus Association, member of the European Circus Association (ECA).
Managing director of „On Stage Events-PRCom” company; PR-consultant, editor and video producer (infotainment, circus commercials, city marketing). Liaison Officer at Farfadais & Co (Acrobats & Circus Company). Christian Nolens is a professional host/presenter in the entertainment world. In Belgium he has been a special guest-Ring Master for ‘Circus Bush-Roland’, ‘Circus Toni Boltini’, ‘Circo Il Florilegio’ and the ‘Chinese State Circus’. He is since 2014 particularly involved in the animal welfare and committed to the conservation of both non-domesticated and domesticated animals in circus shows.

 

ALESSANDRO SERENA
Professor of History of the Circus and Street Performances at the University of Milan. He comes from an ancient circus family, dedicated himself to studies and research on the culture and history of this form of show, graduating at the DAMS of Bologna with honours. His writings on circus and on the performing arts have appeared on numerous specialized periodicals. He has held institutional roles at the Circhi National Agency and the Circus Academy. Reasons for study and work often lead him to travel the world looking for new talents of any circus discipline or to be part of juries or official delegations of industry events.

 

ARIE OUDENES
Member of the Dutch Association of Circus Friends and has served as secretary of the VNCO (Association of Dutch Circus Enterprises). From 2002 to 2012, he was Director of the European Circus Association. Currently, he is the chairman of the Foundation for Circus Culture in the Netherlands. In order to reach that goal, a partnership has been formed in which all organizations involved in the circus cooperate – in addition to professional circuses, the partnership includes youth circuses, vocational training organisations, circus friends, and museums with particular circus collections. He is also an avid collector of circus toys.

 

ROLAND VERMEYLEN
Co-founder and CEO of Circusschool Leuven, member of the board of Circuscentrum (Center for circus by the Minister of Culture). He is the director of the Center for organization development at University Hospitals Leuven. An organizational psychologist by training, he obtained an MBA of organization development from the University of Leuven and the University of Hasselt. Mr. Vermeylen is the author and editor of ‘De Piste’ (Dutch Circus Magazine) while working as a journalist of De Standaard (most important Belgian newspaper) and of the Flemish Circusmagazine.