http://capitalethiopia.com By Eskedar Kifle
Fekat circus is thrilled to host the second edition of the African Circus Arts Festival. The Festival will gather the most prestigious circus teams from all over Africa to celebrate unity, cultural diversity, and creativity. The first edition in 2015 attracted over 12,000 audiences over 3 days of non-stop performances in the continent’s political capital: Addis Ababa. Realized with the support of European Union and the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, ACAF is the only event of its kind.
The 2018 ACAF will host 11 African circus troupes: Colokolo Cirque Urbain from Morocco, Marionetas Gigantes from Mozambique, Sarakasi Trust from Kenya, Tinafan from Guinea, Zip Zap Circus from South Africa, and 6 Ethiopian troupes including Fekat circus, the organizer.
The Festival will be held from Friday the 2nd until Sunday the 4th of March at the beautiful and green Mekonenoch Kebeb (Officer’s Club). Performances will take place on 2 stages: an indoor stage set in a stunning circus tent creating a classic circus experience, and the outdoor stage giving everyone the chance to appreciate the shows.
This Festival will inaugurate the first circus tent ever seen in the horn of Africa. A circus tent is the birthplace of modern circus. It’s a sign of strength, growth and prosperity. Fekat circus is proud to share this achievement with everyone on the day of Adwa, an African victory.
The week prior to ACAF 2018, the city will be immersed in a magical circus atmosphere. Workshops and conferences will be held at Alliance Ethio-Francaise and shows will travel around the main cultural venues and town centers.
No doubt, the Festival will be a memorable experience. The 3 days will be a celebration of African culture with delicious food and handicrafts from all over the continent and an exquisite selection of MCs, DJs, and music bands. A kid’s corner will engage children with circus games and workshops. But the most unforgettable part will be the shows. Hats off to the extraordinary young African performers, who highlight the continent’s cultural wealth and diversity.