The CirCairo Festival is a bi-annual festival featuring the best in contemporary and traditional circus arts from around the world, in a three week festival that takes place in multiple venues in Cairo.
The first edition of CirCairo was held in October 2010, in cooperation with the European delegation in Egypt, the Foreign Cultural Relations sector (Ministry of Culture) and the Egyptian Tourism Authority, and featured 14 Circus groups from 12 European and Arab countries, and was a critical and popular success, reaching audiences of over 16,000 from different ages and backgrounds.
The 2012 festival featured performances by 15 circus troupes that came from France, Denmark, Hungary, Belgium, Holland, Tunisia, Egypt, Switzerland, Spain, Germany and Britain. Performances were staged at the El Genaina and the Falaki Theaters in Cairo, as well as in public spaces such as Abdeen Square in Cairo, Shagarat El Dorr Park in Mansoura, and the Gumhuriya Sports Stadium in Shebin El Kom, Manoufiya. The festival, which concluded on October 20 at Al Azhar Park, proved highly popular, attracting more than 50,000 total spectators.