(2017) Fekat Circus in Addis Ababa

Fekat Circus, which in Amharic means “blossoming circus”, was born in 2004 in the outskirts of Addis Ababa out of the initiative of a group of young Ethiopians united by a deep and unique relationship of brotherhood and positive values. They had grown up in a suburb of Addis Ababa and they shared a common dream: to create a circus with youngsters who had never imagined to be on a stage in their life.
Fekat Circus today counts 26 permanent employees and is one of the most active circus organizations in Ethiopia. Besides staging professional circus shows, it runs the main circus school in the capital with a yearly attendance of about 100 trainees; it organizes daily circus trainings and workshops in orphanages, street children rehabilitation projects, and a juvenile prison, reaching over 450 children per year; it provides daily entertaining activities to almost 10,000 patients in the paediatric ward of the Black Lion Hospital; it conducts circus-theatre performances addressing social and health issues all over the country; and it animates private parties. Fekat Circus also undertakes regular exchange programs with international artists and did four successful tours in Europe.

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Giorgia Giunta is the Fekat's co-founder and general manager. She has been living in Ethiopia since 2006. With her Ethiopian partner in 2006 she co-founded Fekat Circus (Blossoming Circus, in Amharic) a circus school and a social and cultural hub for the youth of Addis Ababa. Over the last years Fekat Circus has been developing international projects and tournées.
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