Engine shed near Western Railway Station to be transformed into acrobat training centre

February 13, 2021 at 6:00 PM

The National Centre for Circus Arts will be built next to the Western Railway Station. A former engine shed will be transformed into an acrobat training school. The construction of the centre has been declared a priority investment for the national economy.

A ruined building, a former engine shed, is being transformed into a training school for acrobats as the first phase of a project by the National Centre for Circus Arts. Péter Fekete discussed the plans on Thursday's Good morning, Hungary! programme on Kossuth Radio writes the MTI.

"One part of a long-vacant area next to the Western Railway Station will house the new circus building, the Baross Imre Acrobat Training Institute Technical High School, Grammar School and Elementary Dance School will be built in the other part," said the Secretary of State for Culture within the Ministry of Human Resources.

The National Centre for Circus Arts will be built in the area next to the Western Railway Station (Photo: Zoltán Máthé/MTI)

Péter Fekete noted that the students of the acrobat training school currently study and practice in different places, cellars, apartments, and in a small building on Városligeti Avenue. He added: the students need a place where they can learn safely, in a way that meets modern demands.

"Additional professions connected to circus arts, such as lighting and sound technicians and stage masters, will also be taught in the new building," he noted.

Visual of the National Circus Arts Centre (Source: kormany.hu)

According to a recent government decree, the National Centre for Circus Arts will be built in the area bordered by Eiffel Square – the railway tracks – Ferdinand Bridge – Podmaniczky Street. The construction of the centre has been declared a priority investment for the national economy. Péter Fekete said that circus arts are the only branch of art in which Hungary is in the top five countries globally, and this justifies the establishment of the most serious centre for circus arts in Europe.

The building of the Budapest Grand Circus in City Park in 2019 (Photo: pestbuda.hu)

In the programme, the Secretary of State also reported that that the building of a local cultural and youth centre, which is in a terrible state, would be renovated in Szombathely through a new community-driven model. The cultural associations and art groups that have previously used the building as tenants would be involved in its future operation.

Source: MTI

Cover photo: Engine shed to become acrobat training institute (Photo: kormany.hu)


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