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14 July 2017 News flash

Pauline Ducruet is guest of Monaco’s Embassy in Washington, D.C. for Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Photo caption (from left to right): Alicia Adams (Vice-President, International Programming and Dance, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), Dr Michael Atwood Mason (Director, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage), Paula Murphy (Executive Vice-President, UniverSoul Circus), Deborah Walk (Curator, Ringling Circus Museum), Suzanne Huey and Dr Rodney Huey (Advisors to the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque), Zsuzsanna Mata (Executive Director of the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque), Pauline Ducruet (President of the Jury for the New Generation Festival), H.E. Ms Maguy Maccario Doyle (Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States), Betty Butler and Dan Butler, Artistic Director and Executive Director, Circus Juventas), Jennifer Lemmer Posey (Associate Curator, Ringling Circus Museum), Sabrina Lynn Motley (Director, Smithsonian Folklife Festival). © DR

As part of a tribute to Prince Rainier III for his involvement in the circus arts and for the contributions that the Grimaldi family continues to make to the circus, Pauline Ducruet, President of the New Generation Circus Young Artists Festival, was a guest of the Embassy of Monaco in Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Ms Ducruet chaired the festival’s closing session, which was devoted to the new generation of the circus. 

On the previous day, a reception was held at the Ambassador’s residence to mark Ms Ducruet’s visit and to celebrate the festival’s fiftieth anniversary. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is organised by the Smithsonian Institution, which promotes cultural exchanges between countries, artists and the public.

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