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5 Reasons Not to Miss the International Circus Festival in Figueres

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Updated: 24 January 2017
The spectacular International Circus Festival will be held in the small Catalan town of Figueres from the 16th to the 20th of February 2017. It attracts large crowds and top acts from around the globe. Here are a few reasons why you wouldn’t want to miss out on this amazing event.

The Size

The International Circus Festival is now in its 6th year and is becoming more popular than ever, attracting 30,000 spectators from all over Spain and the rest of Europe. Not only is the festival a giant circus spectacle, but it’s also a competition. The first heats of the competition will be the Blue Show and the Red Show, while the best acts will come together for the final Gold Show on February 20th, hoping to win awards for their gravity-defying acts.

Genis Matabosch International Circus Festival / Comedia.cat
Genis Matabosch International Circus Festival / Comedia.cat

The Acts

This year’s festival will include 100 percent new acts, never before seen in Europe, and will feature 82 artists from 12 different countries. 2017’s edition will include a balancing trio from Ethiopia, an extreme contortionist from Chile, an acrobatic troupe from China, aerial dancers from Spain and a clown from the Ukraine, among many others.

Xinjiang Acrobatic Troupe / Comedia.cat
Xinjiang Acrobatic Troupe / Comedia.cat

The Location

The festival is held in the city of Figueres in the northeast region of Catalonia, within the province of Girona. As well as being a pretty provincial town, full of leafy squares and cobbled streets, Figueres’ main claim to fame is that it’s home to the Dalí Theatre-Museum, one of the best Dalí museums in the world. Designed by the artist himself, the quirky building, covered in eggs and golden statues, is just as much a highlight as the artwork itself. Fans will be able to see some of his most famous works including ‘The Mae West Room’ and ‘The Hallucinogenic Toreador’ painting.

Dali Theatre Museum, Figueres | ©Luidger / Wikimedia Commons
Dali Theatre Museum, Figueres | ©Luidger / Wikimedia Commons

The Venue

The big top tent will offer visitors 360-degree visibility, without columns, providing an unrivalled experience for all. Kids especially will be able to fully enjoy the show, without worrying about obstructed views.

International Circus Festival ©Piet-Hein Out / comedia.cat
International Circus Festival | ©Piet-Hein Out / comedia.cat

The Activities

There will be a range of activities held in conjunction with the festival, from exhibitions to fairs along with workshops. Exhibitions will include showcasing pictures from past events, the chance to learn more about each act and discover more about the the circus festival. Circus enthusiasts will also get the chance to meet other like-minded people and exchange circus memorabilia, as well as discuss and read books all about the circus and its history.

International Circus Festival Figueres / Comedia.cat
International Circus Festival Figueres / Comedia.cat