The message reads, in part:
“Today the Fifth World Festival of Circus Art IDOL-2017 opens at the Great Moscow State Circus, and I would like to extend my very best on this important festive occasion.
The circus enjoys special affection in our country, and the Russian school of circus is rightly celebrated for its rich history and wonderful traditions. This is why such unconventional creative projects as your festival always evoke a keen response in the hearts of spectators.
I am certain the festival will be held at a high artistic and organisational level. Its guests will see performances by talented Russian and foreign artists while the demanding jury will recognise the best among them.”