Come 18 November 2016, the Third China International Circus Festival themed “Circus Extravaganza in Joyous Zhuhai” will be staged at Hengqin, Zhuhai. So far, 28 foreign circus troupes have confirmed their participation in this competition. That is, more than 200 top circus elites from about 20 countries will descend in Zhuhai Hengqin to jointly present a grand circus feast.
With participation by many award winning troupes including Australian Motorcyclists, lion act, horse act, cross-net trapeze, juggling troupe, perch pole troupe, Juggler Victor Kee and Sokolov Sprinboard troupe, this year’s programmes will certainly overshadow previous festivals in terms of technology, scale and performances. There will be more dazzling stage shows such as extreme cycling, double trampoline, contortion troupe and performances that challenge human physical limits. Fun and laughter programme outline includes the German clown, funny dog act, soap bubble act, magic of the ancient, magical jail break, dolls and clowns and aerobatic clowns. Animals, be it the lion, horse or dog acts, have always been the love of visitors – the friendship between animals and human beings is written all over the stage.
A circus festival that changes the world’s circus scene
Beginning this year, the China International Circus Festival will be held annually. With 16 years of development history, Chimelong International Circus has certainly amassed a large group of circus audience – with viewership exceeding 25 million to date. With high-quality aesthetic packaging and high standard of performance, Chimelong Circus has become an important and symbolic product for enriching cultures, both locally and globally. The Third China International Circus Festival will continue to thrive under the success of the two previous festivals where “the government provides the platform for businesses to play their roles under natural market forces”. Such modus operandi will catapult the China International Festival to become a festival of joy for the general municipal population; and this festival will certainly be one that changes the world’s circus scene.
Unprecedented programme line-up of award-winning shows of the highest standard
Surprise 1: This festival attracted the participation by more than 200 top-class circus elites from about 20 countries. We have organised a huge front-line service team of close to 1,000 personnel.
Surprise 2: A world-class circus festival featuring teams that won countless awards and performing acts of unprecedented technical difficulty. 23 foreign circus troupes that have won numerous awards have confirmed their participation in this festival; they will compete with teams from China to vie for the highest honour in the circus industry.They include award-winning circus acts such as the “Juggling Troupe”, “Funny Dog Act”, “Perch Pole Troupe”, “Vladimir Clown”, “Horse Act”, “Extreme Cycling”, “Aerial Strap” and “Sokolov Springboard Troupe” from Russia; “Juggler Viktor Kee” and “Lion Act” from Ukraine; “Aerial Hoops” from Poland; “Contortion Troupe” from Mongolia; “Doll Clown” from Belgium and “Picasso Ball Juggling” from Spain.In addition, inter-country cooperation will also be the highlight of the festival. Such cooperation includes the “Cross-net trapeze” joint team from the United States, Chile and Mexico; “Soap Bubble Act” joint team from Italy and Lithuania; and “Magical Jail Break” jointly put together by teams from Italy and Greece. Stay tuned, as this festival will present a powerful line-up of elite artistes with even larger scale performances.
Surprise 3: Special benefits for people of Zhuhai and Macau. In order to touch and charm the greater population of the municipality, we will run six public performances in the two regions. While the competition programme of this festival will take place at Hengqin Island Theatre in the Zhuhai Hengqin Chimelong International Ocean Tourist Resort, the six public performances will take place in both Zhuhai and Macau: one show in Macau; and five shows in the Zhuhai community, public squares and schools.
The competition event schedule will also be adjusted to enable the audience to enjoy even more performances in addition to the award-winning ones.
12-17 November: Public performance at the Zhuhai community, squares and schools
18 November: Opening ceremony of the Third China International Circus Festival
19-22 November: Circus Festival Programmes
(19th and 20th: Two shows daily;
21st and 22nd: One show daily;
additional shows may be scheduled depending on actual demand)
23-25 November: Competition Days (All programmes will be scheduled to perform in Show A and Show B; each team will have two chances to perform).
The Hengqin Island Theatre features a 5,000-seat circular audience seating design to allow for 360-degree viewing experience. The main circus arena has a diameter of 21 meters; almost twice the size of a traditional European circus arena (diameter of about 13 meters). The theatre is equipped with top-class audio, lighting and stage choreography equipment, and supported by back-stage service system so that the audience can experience top-class circus fun.
Surprise 4: Circus festival tickets are open for sale early! With effect from 11 August, circus festival tickets are available from Chimelong’s official website, Wechat official site and Wechat public account. Such segmented ticket sale makes it more convenient for the audience. Early birds will enjoy even better discounts.
As for prize awards, this year’s China International Circus Festival will be giving out two Golden Tiger Awards of USD 30,000 each; three Silver Tiger Awards of USD 20,000 each; and four Bronze Tiger Awards of USD 10,000 each. All prize winners will also receive both award certificates and trophies. The competing teams will be roaring to go in this fierce competition while an exciting and fun party awaits the audience.