When the war broke out in Ukraine and it seemed that Kyiv's Circus Academy was in danger, renowned Hungarian circus manager, artist, and juggler, Kristian Kristof, immediately stepped in to get the students out of danger and help them continue their training.
“In the middle of the night, in the blink of an eye, we decided to take them all in,” Ancsa recalls. “They got on the bus and left for Hungary. The teachers sent us photos and names so that we could recognize them the night they arrived at the border.”
Within weeks, over a hundred students, parents, adult chaperones, and acrobatic arts teachers from Kyiv and Kharkiv found a new home in Budapest.