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Hard act to follow: Cairo circus festival wows crowds

Running from October 17-26, the circus is now in its third iteration

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The fun-filled Cairo International Circus Festival (CirCairo) opened its doors this week, treating audiences to a host of juggling, balancing and all around mind-boggling acts.

Running from October 17-26, the circus is now in its third iteration and hosts troupes from a number of European countries. Home grown talent is also on show, with the Al-Darb Al-Ahmar Arts School making an appearance and troupes from Tunisia, Ahram Online reported.

“Al-Darb Al-Ahmar school will present rhythmic circus art, a performance based on utilizing percussion instruments in an unconventional manner,” the event’s organizers told Ahram Online.

The circus opened with a large scale performance in Cairo’s Al Azhar Park, before the UK’s Gandini Juggling and Switzerland Lumen troupes presented shows on the second day.

From ballet to breakdance, the troupes entertained audiences with fantastic imagery and deft skills, paving the way for the festival’s other performers.

Spearheaded by al-Mawred al-Thaqafy, the festival is supported by the culture and antiquities ministries and the tourism authority. The British Council in Cairo and the Switzerland, Netherlands and Denmark embassies also support the initiative.