Fekat Circus (Ethiopia), 2015
Fekat Circus, which in Amharic means “blossoming circus” was born in 2004 from the initiative of a group of young Ethiopians who grew up in a suburb of Ethiopia’s capital city. They shared a common dream: to create a circus with youngsters who had never imagined to be on a stage in their life. The essence of the project was: let’s do something good for ourselves and for the others. This has probably been the secret of the project’s success, which never stopped growing, allowing many children and youngsters to develop their inner potentialities (blossoming!), and attracting the support of different individuals and organizations. Besides staging professional circus shows, Fekat Circus runs the main circus school in the capital with a yearly attendance of about 100 trainees; it organizes daily circus workshops in orphanages, street children rehabilitation projects, and a juvenile prison; it provides daily entertaining activities to young patients in the main paediatric hospital; it conducts circus-theatre performances addressing social and health issues; and it animates private parties. Fekat Circus also undertakes regular exchange programs with international artists and did four successful tours in Europe.