Cuba, July, 17 – Havana and the central province of Ciego de Avila will become the world capitals of circus in July as the 22nd International Festival CirCuba 2013, the most prestigious such event in the Americas, kicks off in the Cuban capital on Tuesday, July 16th.Some 80 artists and performers from 14 European, Asian and Latin American countries will show their top quality artistic and technical skills on the Caribbean island. As part of the gathering’s official international competition, one of the most appealing proposals is the “Pole-dance” piece and the Flying Havana show, popularly known as “The Bird’s Flight” from the Cuban National Circus Company.
Also on hand are Japanese artist Arata Urawa, artists from Canada and the Chinese company Fuyong Acrobatic Art Troupe, which won the Circuba Grand Prix in 2011 and 2012. The “Edwin Fernández in memoriam” Clown Competition, including 24 Cuban and 12 foreign clowns, will run parallel to the event, which winds up on the 26th in Ciego de Avila.
Other attractions are a workshop on the arts of clowns held by Cirque Du Soleil Casting Director, Yves Sheriff, plus painting exhibits by Havana’s San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy students.