Cuban circus festival starts

havana-live-circuba 2014HAVANA, August 31 Cuba’s 13th International Summer Circus Festival (Circuba) kicked off Thursday in Havana, with the participation of more than 80 performers from 14 countries and regions.

Following Thursday night’s inauguration at the Karl Marx Theater, the competitive phase of the festival is set to begin on Friday. The five-day event will conclude on Aug. 5. This year’s Circuba for the first time features the Spanish company “Made in Jabon” with its show “Bubbles”, and the Russian state circus Rosgoscirk, which will mark its 95th anniversary at the festival.
The Circuba program also includes a series of films under the banner “Circus and Cinema,” with screenings of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus” and Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Greatest Show on Earth,” as well as “Trapeze” by Carol Reed and “Circus of Horrors” by Sidney Hayers. China’s Fuyong Acrobatics Art Troupe, from Shenzhen city, won the jury’s Grand Prize in the past three festivals.