Gamal El-Helw International Circus takes performances to Marsa Matrouh

Ati Metwaly , Tuesday 27 Jul 2021

The private circus was founded by Gamal El-Helw, who comes from a long line of Egyptian circus artists


Following their regular summer practice, Egypt’s Gamal El-Helw International Circus took its performances to Marsa Matrouh city on the Mediterranean coast.

Launching the shows during Eid, the circus will continue its performances until the end of September.

“The circus has been visiting Marsa Matrouh during the summer for 11 years now, however, it is the first time for us to set up in an area at the Modaireen Street, close to the Police Club,” reveals Mona Helmy, who is in charge of the company’s Communications Department.

The private circus was founded over 25 years ago by El-Helw, a graduate form the Faculty of Commerce of Helwan University who comes from the iconic Egyptian family that founded Egyptian circus. He was involved in circus arts since a very young age. 

“The circus doesn’t have a fixed place. We keep touring throughout the year, coming to Marsa Matrouh during summer. In the following months we will visit other Egyptian governorates,” Helmy explains.

The shows presented to the Marsa Matrouh audience include Egyptian artists linked to El-Helw’s circus in addition to international performers from Russia and Ukraine. 

The programme includes numerous acrobatic stunts, trapeze artists, balancing, clowns, and performances featuring animals, including horses, lions, and tigers. 

El-Helw hails from a long line of Egyptian circus artists. The father of the Egyptian circus, Mohamed Ali El-Helw, founded the family’s first circus in 1889. In the early 1950s, the family established another circus, that was then nationalised in the 1960s and started its operations under the House of Folklore and Performing Arts of the Cultural Production Sector.

A number of El-Helw decendants continue to work at the national circus while others embarked on their own private projects.

Over the decades, numerous Egyptian circus artists participated in international festivals, garnering a variety of recognitions for their shows or individual performances.

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