The regional government presents the 6th edition of the International Circus Festival with over 160 activities for all the family to enjoy

The government of the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León presents the sixth edition of the International Circus Festival of Castilla y León, ‘Cir&Co’, which will take place between 28th August and 2nd September in the city of Ávila. The 6th edition comprises over 160 activities for the whole family to enjoy, to be performed by 32 companies of 14 nationalities. The programme presents 10 Spanish premieres and eight more in Castilla y León. ‘Cir&Co’ will have a new space, the Monasterio de Santa Ana, and a new section, ‘Circus Music’. The 2018 edition has opted for accessibility and commitment to the environment by virtue of a wide-ranging programme that is enhanced thanks to business collaboration.

The regional minister of Culture and Tourism, María Josefa García Cirac, today presented the programme for the 6th International Circus Festival of Castilla y León, ‘Cir&Co 2018’, which is to be held in the city of Ávila from 28th August to 2nd September. Taking part in the presentation were the mayor of Ávila, José Luis Rivas, and the president of the European Federation of Professional Circus Schools, Donald Lehn. There is a change of dates in this 6th edition, taking families into account and the prolongation of summer, just before the school year begins, with a programme conceived to be enjoyed by all the family.

In the presentation, held at the palacio de los Verdugo de Ávila, the programme for the 6th edition of ‘Cir&Co’ was announced. It has over 160 activities by virtue of the participation of 32 artistic companies, of up to 14 nationalities, six more than in the last edition. García Cirac pointed out that “Cir&Co has become an avant-garde benchmark of the circus arts on an international level and the main festival of its genre in Spain. In its 6th edition, it continues to grow, both in quality and quantity, with new spaces, new sections and more activities”.

The most international edition to date

The 6th edition of the International Circus Festival of Castilla y León will once again fill the streets of Ávila with the most innovative shows and the ideas of great international creators who have opted for Ávila for their premiere presentations. Thus, 32 performing arts companies will take part in this edition, of up to 14 different nationalities from France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, The Netherlands, Israel, Great Britain, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland, Canada and Spain. So we have six nationalities more than in the last edition, when companies and artists of eight nationalities took part.

The large international participation in ‘Cir&Co 2018’ will allow the staging of 10 Spanish premieres with artistic performances that will be staged for the first time in Spain by the companies Etienne Favré (France), Les Gentils Coquelicots (France), Cie. du Grand Hôtel (France), Les Transformateurs Acoustiques (France), Zikatok (France), Belcirque (Belgium), Compagnie Nicole & Martin (Switzerland), Sur Mesure (Belgium), Collectif à Sens Unique (Belgium) y Le (doux) Suplicce de la Planche (France). The 2018 programme also has eight more premieres in Castilla y León, performed by the companies (Cía)3 (Catalonia), La Risa de la Tortuga (Castilla y León), Cía el Cruce (Italy), Lanördika circo y danza (Andalusia), Circ Pistolet (Catalonia), Desincronacidas (Galicia), Solfasirc (France-Spain) and La Contrebande (France).

Ávila will once again be the venue of the 5th Encounter of European Circus Schools, forming part of the project CRECE (“grow” in English), as our pledge to young and international talent. There will be creative processes open to the public and the presentation of a gala show in the patio del Episcopio, called “H.Art”, world premiere at the Ávila ‘Cir&Co’ Festival. The show is centred around the world of dreams, and will subsequently move on to Madrid. 12 artists from six circus schools of France, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden and Spain will take part.

Novelties of ‘Cir&Co 2018’

García Cirac points to the commitment of the ‘Cir&Co’ Festival which continues to grow, “adding new settings and stages, such as the Monasterio de Santa Ana, as part of the commitment to linking the arts with the artistic heritage of the ‘World Heritage City’. In this respect, the cloister Monasterio de Santa Ana, the current seat of the Regional Delegation of the Government of the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León in Ávila, will on July 30th host the new section ‘Circus Music’ with the show ‘In Concert’ by the Belgian company ‘Belcirque’.

A new space and a new section that accompanies different parallel activities of ‘Cir&Co’, including more professional events that allow the interaction of the public, such as the ‘Workshop of Reflection on Ephemeral Architectures and Urbanistic Community Design from the perspective of the Circus’, which has been organized with the collaboration of the Official Architects Association of Ávila. Additionally the Federation of Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and Cafés of Ávila continues to collaborate with and be involved in the ‘Cir&Co’ festival, contributing new initiatives, such as the ‘Prize from the Public to the Best Show’ that will be awarded for the first time in this edition.

Innovative Festival true to its origins

The ‘Cir&Co 2018’ program continues with permanent sections of the festival, such as ‘Cir&Co Acrobatics’ in the plazas del Grande y el Chico, and the activities of ‘Cir&Co Classic’, directed at the youngest around the Cathedral and the plaza de Adolfo Suárez. ‘Cir&Co Selection’ will combine heritage and performance arts in the Ávila palaces of los Verdugo, Bracamonte, Superunda-Caprotti and Polentinos, which was included in the festival last year in the ‘Cir&Co Tent’ section, and which this year will stage the show ‘Dékoncert’ by the French company ‘Solfasirc’. Additionally, in this very section, the tent installed in atrio de San Isidro will host the new renewed show by the Swiss company ‘Nicole et Martin’, featuring adaptations of fairy tales for a family public.

Passacaglias and brass bands will once again burst through the streets of Ávila to the rhythm of the French companies ‘Les Transformateurs Acoustiques’ and ‘Zykatok’ in ‘Cir&Co Sounds’, while the ‘Cir&Co Cinema’ section created last year, will convert the side of the city wall into an open-air cinema, where the films ‘Trapeze’ (USA 1956), ‘The Circus’ (USA 1928) and ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ (in Spanish, ‘De marcha por Europa’ (USA 2012) will be shown.

Additionally, the ‘Cir&Co 2018’ programme has opted for sections that are a benchmark of the festival and the goal of which is to involve the whole city of Ávila, like ‘Cir&Co Social’ with a programme in the Senior Citizens’ Residences of Ávila, as part of the city’s commitment to culture for all and to the circus as a tool of social inclusion and transformation. And with sections such as ‘Espacios con Narices’ featuring small-scale performances in the city’s bar and restaurant establishments, combining gastronomy and performing arts, thanks to the collaboration of the Federation of Hotels, Restaurants Bars and Cafés of Ávila.

Commitment to accessibility and the environment

The festival’s social commitment is accompanied by the goal of continuing to grow in quality with a decided commitment to accessibility. The festival has programmed the work ‘Mur’ by the Catalan Company ‘(Cía)3’, in the Lienzo Norte, a show that is exemplary of inclusion, which prompts reflection about physical and mental limitations. Additionally, every endeavour is being made to ensure that all the festival programme has spaces adapted and reserved as well as sign language services and facilities for visually impaired persons as part of the commitment of the Regional Ministry for Culture and Tourism to accessibility to culture and cultural events in all its cultural and touristic offer.

The festival’s social commitment is accompanied by the goal of continuing to grow in quality with a decided commitment to accessibility. The festival has programmed the work ‘Mur’ by the Catalan Company ‘(Cía)3’, in the Lienzo Norte, a show that is exemplary of inclusion, which prompts reflection about physical and mental limitations. Additionally, every endeavour is being made to ensure that all the festival programme has spaces adapted and reserved as well as sign language services and facilities for visually impaired persons as part of the commitment of the Regional Ministry for Culture and Tourism to accessibility to culture and cultural events in all its cultural and touristic offer.

García Cirac recalled in his speech “the importance of coordination between institutions and collaboration between public bodies and private entities at the service of a cultural event such as the ‘Cir&Co’ festival which, each year attracts new collaborators”. He pointed to the involvement of the City Council of Ávila and of companies such as ONCE and RENFE, which have already collaborated in earlier editions of the festival as well as the participation of Coca-Cola and Ecoembes.

Promotion of ‘Cir&Co 2018’

The presentation of the promotional image and the programme of ‘Cir&Co 2018’ makes it possible to effectively promote the festival across the promotional channels of the Regional Ministry of Culture and Tourism and channels made available by private collaborators. The ‘Cir&Co’ Festival has been promoted in recent months at the tourism fairs of Valladolid, Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona and Guarda (Portugal), and now we will focus on priority and local markets. Additionally, the promotion of the festival will be intensified across online channels over the website www.circocyl.es and the special account on twitter @CircoFestival in order to capture new publics and generate interaction between the festival and users.

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