Appointment of Delegate for Belgium and the European Community Organizations

10 th of November 2011

El CIRCULO INTERNACIONAL DE AMIGOS DE LOS GIGANTES (Circle of Friends of Giants) nominated Johan Vencken as Delegate of the Circle of Friends of Giants for Belgium and agenciesof the European Community.

CIRCULO INTERNACIONAL DE AMIGOS DE LOS GIGANTES or the CIRCLE OF FRIENDS OF GIANT PUPPETS is an organization whose main objective is to get acquainted all those people interested in the giant puppets, bigheaded and other parade figures which exist in 100 countries; from members of its groups, to fans who are passing through institutions, historians, anthropologists, musicians, constructors, etcetera.

Its constitution as an Association of international scope has been made possible through the numerous contacts which are maintained with other countries, where the phenomenon of the giant puppets or the bigheaded ones still exists. In the past years the Circle has signed agreements of collaboration with other associations related to the world of the giant puppets, with the objective to walk together in the process of diffusion, investigation, documentation and promotion of the giant puppets and bigheaded anywhere in the world.

JOHAN VENCKEN, 35 years old, born in Halle (near Brussels) is president of REUZEN IN VLAANDEREN vzw (Giants of Flanders) with whom the Circle has closed an partnership to work together on the preservation and promotion of the unique culture and tradition of giants.

As the action radius of REUZEN IN VLAANDEREN vzw is restricted to Flanders and Brussels, CIAG President Jaume López proposed Johan Vencken to function personally the CIAG Delegate for BELGIUM and agenciesof the European Community, which Johan Vencken accepted.

In the next few weeks and months both Jaume López (Spain) and Johan Vencken (Belgium) will set up a closer communication on the subject of their collaboration and how CIAG can be further promoted in Belgium and how the awareness of the European Community on the subject of the unique tradition of giants can be stimulated.