To many Africans, the mention of Addis Ababa brings to mind the iconic debacle of one May of 1963 when the Ethiopian capital played host to the historic formation of the Organization of African Union, for rastas, it is the home of “hero” Haile Salasie and the inspiration to Joseph “Culture” Hills all time reggae hit 1996 released ,Addis Ababa.
The capital has since developed and is slowly establishing itself as the circus capital of Africa, and this week 11 of Africa best troupes will descend on Africa’s political capital for the second edition of the annual African Circus Arts Festival (ACAF)
The festival will run from the 2nd of March to the 4th of March at glamorous Mekonenoch Kebeb (Officer’s Club).
Hosted by Fekat circus troupe ,the 2018 ACAF edition will see top troupes like Morocco based Colokolo Cirque Urbain, Marionetas Gigantes from Mozambique, Sarakasi Trust from Kenya, Tinafan from Guinea, Zip Zap Circus from South Africa, and 6 other Ethiopian troupes taking turns to entertain patrons and circus lovers in Africa’s political capital.
In a statement, festival organizers said they are thrilled to host the second edition on this prestigious festival.
“Fekat 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” reads a press release posted on the ACAF website.
This year’s edition will also see the introduction of Africa’s first ever iconic circus tent which is largely seen in circus
circles as the birthplace of modern circus.
Apart from the two stages set for performances, organizers have also included a kid’s corner that will engage children in circus games as well as circus workshops that will held at the Alliance Ethio- Francaise.
Festivities are also expected to travel around the main cultural venues and town centres, all designed to create a classic circus experience for festival goers.
Festival organizers are certain that this year’s edition will be a celebration of African culture and will surely be a memorable, fun-filled and unforgettable experience.
“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. Hats off to the extraordinary young African performers, who highlight the continent’s cultural wealth and diversity” reads the press statement.
The first edition of the African Circus Arts Festival was held in 2015 and was said to have attracted over 12,000 people.
This year’s editions Fekat have partnered the European Union and the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism in making the event a success.