Egyptian culture ministry releases circus show on YouTube as part of Eid programme
Ahram Online, , Tuesday 26 May 2020
The new video includes segments from a full circus show including acrobatic stunts, trapeze artists, balancing and clowns

The Egyptian culture ministry has uploaded a 30-minute video showcasing the national circus on its YouTube channel, as part of its moves to provide special shows to audiences who are home during the Eid holiday.

The video includes a selection of a few segments from a full circus show: acrobatic stunts, trapeze artists, balancing and clowns.

Aiming to attract a bigger audience, thecircus announcedlast yearthat it has been preparing a new, special programme.

Capitalising on acts that are impressive to viewers, including a number of fun as well as dangerous stunts, thecircus's management revealed that the two-and-a-half hour show would include jugglers, clowns, rope stunts, balancing bicycles, and lion and tiger taming.

Those attractions have been interrupted by the general lockdown and suspension of cultural activities in Egypt which was implemented starting 9 March in the wake of the spread of the coronavirus.

Not long after the lockdown began, lion tamer Ashraf El-Helw took the idea of entertaining the audience from home to extremes, showing his favourite lioness Jomana, or Jojo, doing somecircus tricksin what seemed to be the trainer's living room.

The circus show posted by the culture ministry on YouTube is part of its "Culture Between Your Hands" initiative in the wake of the coronavirus, which aims to bring theatre, musical performances and other cultural events to audiences online given the current shutdown of cultural venues.

Apart from the circus show, the most recent uploads include a performance of the play Lolli and a concert by Lebanese singer Assi El Hallani.

Operating under the House of Folklore and Performing Arts of the Cultural Production Sector, the national circus was founded in the 1950s by members of the El-Helw family and nationalised in 1960.

However, the history of circuses in Egypt is even older, with the first founded by Mohamed El-Helw in 1889.

Check the ministry's YouTube channel here.

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