The second edition of the African circus Arts Festival is set to be held in February 2018 with festival organisers looking to attract more than the 12 000 visitors who graced the first edition in 2015.

An initiative of Fekas Circus, the festival seeks to draw attention to circus art on the continent. According to the organisers they also seek to empower young African circus performers so that they can maintain their impact in their communities, promote cultural exchanges among circus companies within the African continent and stimulate the development of a circus market within Africa.

The second edition has been made possible by the support of the European commission and is already accepting applications from performers.

“Our applications to accept African circus artists is open until September 15, 2017. This is the only stage in circus festival in Africa for solely dedicated to their art,” says Hanna Haile, the Festival communications officer.

Circus art often refers to a company of performers who put on diverse entertainment shows that include clowns, acrobats, trained animals, trapeze acts, musicians, dancers, hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, magicians, unicyclists, as well as other object manipulation and stunt-oriented artists.

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This is a trailer from the first edition of the festival!

In November 2015, the festival was attended by over 107 circus artists attracting the attendance of over 12,000 people from all social classes, from ambassadors to street children, over three days of exhilarating performances in a public space in the heart of the Ethiopian capital, with no entrance fee attached. Following the Festival, two days workshops and meetings were held to further stimulate and promote exchanges among the artists and among the managers.

Eight social circuses performed: ActionArte (South Africa), L’Aléa des possibles (Madagascar), Circus Zambia (Zambia), Debre Berhan Circus (Ethiopia), Fekat Circus (Ethiopia), Red Tomato (Egypt) and Sencirk (Senegal).

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