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Panorama of culture and unique Ethiopian circus art
February 1 - 6, 1999 - Nazareth, Ethiopia
in Ethiopia ( CIE) was legally established
in 1993 with a view to introduce circus art in Ethiopia. Ever since its
creation CIE has given new dimension to circus art in Ethiopia but
as well internationally. By blending the art with the Ethiopian traditional
costume , music and dance, CIE with its associative approach has inspired
many circuses to grow throughout Ethiopia. This is probably why we are
often referred to as ''The Booming Circus''. Presently more than 15 circus
troupes have been established in as many towns across Ethiopia.
In Jimma: the 1997 Ethiopian Circus Festival at Awetu Park
In February 1999, the second festival was held in Nazareth town and hosted by Circus Nazareth.
Nazareth is 115km from Addis Ababa
and is located in the Rift Valley
Overview of the 1999 circus festival
site in Nazareth
Over 70,000 people attended the 6 day event
Participants for the 1999 Festival were drawn from the four Branches of CiE namely Circus Ethiopia from Addis Ababa, Circus Jimma from Jimma, Circus Tigray from Mekele and the host Circus Nazareth from Nazareth.From the East of Ethiopia, and Circus Dire Dawa, an Associate Member of Circus in Ethiopia, participated in the festival as a major participant. Seven other new circuses based in the towns of Awasa, Desse, Debre Berhan, Bahir Dar,Arsi, Harar and Wolkite had a level of participation so as to share experience with the rest of the participants. The new Circuses each sent eleven performers or more to the festival.
The circus shows featured different
messages including the Principles of the Red Cross , issues around
street children , basic health matters , AIDS prevention, etc... As in
the first circus Festival held in February 1997 in Jimma, more than
10,000 spectators attended the free events every day . The festival
was held in Nazareth town about a hundred kilometres to the South from
Addis Ababa, the Capital. The venue was the main stadium in the centre
of the town.
-To provide a forum for skills exchange between 12 Ethiopian circuses
- To promote unity among the Ethiopian Circuses
- To further promote the circus art to become part of the popular culture
-To promote the city of Nazareth
-To put influence upon the public and concerned bodies about the need for the construction of a Circus training centre in Nazareth
-To promote the Red Cross, local businesses and Humanitarian Agencies
-To provide a venue for the promotion
of art and culture
Circus Tigray promoting the humanitarian action
Brief description of the events held. February 1 - 6, 1999
1- Circus shows by Circus
Ethiopia, Circus Nazareth, Circus Jimma , Circus Tigray, Circus Dire Dawa
and short presentations by circuses from Arsi, Wolkite, Desse, Awasa, Bahir
Dar, Debre Berhan and Harar. One major circus presentation and musical
show per late afternoon and throughout the evening. The entire event was
presented free of charge to the population.
Ethiopian Television retransmitted the entire festival nationwide
|2- Music concerts
Presented by the circus bands of Circus Ethiopia, Circus Jimma, Circus Nazareth, Circus Tigray after the circus presentations.
3- Gymnastics demonstration
Skill demonstration to the public in the venue by all circuses .
4- Workshops for and among circus participants.
Trainers from the 12 Circuses devised schedules to allow the circus youth to exchange and teach each other skills they have developed.
5- Parade through Nazareth town
On the opening day , a parade was held around town.
6- Media coverage
The festival was televised in its entirety on Ethiopian Television as a highlight for all Ethiopian Viewers. Besides the electronic media, the festival was also be the focus of Ethiopian publications and news papers. This media coverage coincided in time with the heavy armed clashes at the border of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
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The next Ethiopian Circus Festival will be held in February 2001.
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