2017 About us

One of the most awaited events of the year, the V World festival of circus art "IDOL" will be held from 14 to 17 of September in the Great Moscow circus. Rightfully ranked among the world most prestigious circus competitions, the anniversary "IDOL" will gather at the capital arena 26 brightest circus performances and attractions, with most of participants, who will perform in Moscow for the first time.

Permanent organizer and host of the festival - Director of the Great Moscow circus Edgard Zapashny this time will represent the contestants in the tandem with TV host and actress Alla Mikheeva.

“Program of "IDOL-2017" is divided into three parts: the first day – the opening of the festival, the second and third days are reserved for competitive acts – the acts that will be judged by a professional jury. During these two days we will form the rating of the performers. In the fourth and final day of the festival, the audience will see a Grand gala-show and the winners. However, I would like our festival to be seen not just as a contest, not just as a viewing of the world best circus acts on the ring of the largest circus in Europe. During all five years we strive to show the real art, which is born at juncture of power and poetry”, - told Edgard Zapashny.

The professional jury, awarding the “Golden Idol”, will include the founder and director of the famous German circus "Roncalli" Bernhard Paul, stage director of the Moulin Rouge Thierry Outrilla, Russian and American actor, producer Igor Zhizhikin. To evaluate all performances along with the professional jury will be, traditionally, the media jury and the audience. By their vote, they will determine the honorable to have “Golden Ring” and “Golden Auditorium” Awards.

Those, who are willing to show their talent and demonstrate to the jury and public the result of their long-term work will come to the ring of one of the largest circuses of the world. Excitement, pain, excruciating search, continuous rehearsals will remain behind the scenes. The audience will see a great show: beautiful, dangerous, dramatic, funny, but completely different and certainly record acts, always on the verge of human capabilities.

Among the participants of the World festival of circus art "IDOL-2017" stated the artists of Spain, Italy, China, Colombia, Korea, LNR, Ukraine, Russia, Taiwan and Tanzania. “IDOL-2017” will present to the audience and members of the international jury the kaleidoscope of achievements in the field of circus art, which have been auditioned by the festival's selection commission. Every act is a unique story that will not leave any spectator indifferent. And these stories will be told not only by people, but animals as well: horses, tigers, leopards, dogs, parrots and even pelicans.

Traditionally, the festival "IDOL" will appear as a bright mesmerizing performance, in every detail of which is embodied the idea of the Artistic Director of the Great Moscow circus Askold Zapashny.

"The feature of the festival "IDOL-2017" is that, first of all, it is anniversary festival – the fifth for the Great Moscow circus. This is a great responsibility, because any five-summing up is a demonstration of the success that we have been able to achieve, an answer to the question of what challenges we face and what we want to achieve in the future. Therefore, we will show the best acts. Regarding the style, we continue to adhere to the strategy that in all years has shaped the style of “IDOL”: the Russian theme, but each time a changing picture and a new frame. This time we chose Russian painting: will be present Gzhel and Khokhloma, and other examples of Russian applied art. It seemed to us that this is an interesting move in the design of costumes and scenery. Traditional painting is both a national color and something new to be injected through the creative approach," - explained Askold Zapashny.

Press conference, dedicated to the World festival of circus art "IDOL-2017" will be held on September 12 at 13.00 on the main ring of the circus. Guests of our press conference will be able to talk to some of the participants of the festival, feed trained pelicans and make incredibly beautiful pictures with them. In addition, our guests will have the opportunity to participate in an unusual act of Sally brothers in the genre of Gaucho.

In the circus foyer on the "Avenue of stars" this day will be laid two stars. The first - in the honor of people's artist of the USSR, actor and Director of Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard Yuri Nikulin, the second - in honor of people's artist of the RSFSR, head of the equestrian-ballet show "Mountain legend of love" Tamerlan Nugzarov. And in the closing day of the Festival will be laid the star of people's artist of USSR Iosif Kobzon. This event is also timed to the 80th anniversary of the artist.

After the event guests may enjoy the festive buffet.

If you are interested, please report your desire to attend the event by phone: +7 (965) 356-26-81

Accreditation Dates: from 28.08.2017 till 11.09.2017

Schedule of the Festival:
September 14 at 19.00 – opening of the festival, program A
September 15 at 19.00 – competitive program A
September 16 at 13.00 and 18.00 – program B/ competitive program B
September 17 at 12.00 and 17.00 – gala-show and awarding ceremony of the winners.

For more information, please contact the Circus press service:
Phone number: 8(495) 930-20-65

Alena Lebed +7 (965) 356-26-81
Yana Lepassar +7 (917) 518-04-94

Great Moscow State Circus
Direction of the Festival

prospect Vernadskogo, 7
119296 Moscow

  +7 (495) 9-300-300