Pauline Ducruet celebrates circus in Washington

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L-R: Alicia Adams (Vice President, International Programming and Dance, John F. Kennedy Center), 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 (Councilors for the World Circus Federation), Zsuzsanna Mata (Executive Director of the World Circus Federation), Pauline Ducruet (President of the New Generation Festival Jury), HE Maguy Maccario Doyle (Ambassador of Monaco to the United States), Betty Butler and Dan Butler (Artistic Director and Executive Director, Circus Juventas), Jennifer Lemmer Posey (Associate Curator, Ringling Circus Museum) and Sabrina Lynn Motley (Director, Smithsonian Folklife Festival). Photo: ©DR
L-R: Alicia Adams (Vice President, International Programming and Dance, John F. Kennedy Center), 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 (Councilors for the World Circus Federation), Zsuzsanna Mata (Executive Director of the World Circus Federation), Pauline Ducruet (President of the New Generation Festival Jury), HE Maguy Maccario Doyle (Ambassador of Monaco to the United States), Betty Butler and Dan Butler (Artistic Director and Executive Director, Circus Juventas), Jennifer Lemmer Posey (Associate Curator, Ringling Circus Museum) and Sabrina Lynn Motley (Director, Smithsonian Folklife Festival). Photo: ©DR

Princess Stephanie’s daughter, Pauline Ducruet, was a recent guest of the Embassy of Monaco in Washington DC, where she took part in an event recognising young circus performers.

As part of a tribute to Prince Rainier III for his involvement in the circus and for the contributions that the Grimaldi Family continues to make to the circus, Ms Ducruet, who is President of the New Generation Young Artists Festival, chaired the closing session of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival devoted to the new generation.

The day before, a reception was held at the Residence of the Ambassador to welcome Ms Ducruet, as well as to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Festival.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is organised by the Smithsonian Institute, which promotes cultural exchanges between countries, artists and the public.

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