60% of available tickets sold for International Circus Festival

12th edition of ‘global phenomenon’ to be held in Girona between February 22 and 27

Circus performers during the 2023 International Circus Festival in Girona
Circus performers during the 2023 International Circus Festival in Girona / Aleix Freixas
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February 19, 2024 03:57 PM

On Thursday, the magical Gold Elephant International Circus Festival will open its doors for the 12th time. 

A record 81 artists from 16 different countries will take part in this year’s festival in the northern Catalan city of Girona, and 24,000 of the available 36,800 tickets have already been sold, according to the organizers.

While most of the invited artists come from Russia, China, and Ukraine, others join from Vietnam, the USA, Chile, and Australia, among others.

According to Genís Matabosch, the festival’s director, the circus festival is a “global phenomenon” characterized by the “quality and excellence” of the artists.

A total of 24 never-before-seen acts will be performed each day in front of more than 2,000 spectators and an international jury made up of circus directors and experts.

Divided into two semi-final shows, Red and Blue, the artists participating in the festival will seek the approval of the judges in order to get a place in the final, the ‘Gold Show’, which will take place on the last day of the festival, on Tuesday, February 27.

Aerial acrobatics, giant vase juggling, and magic  

This year’s program includes many group performances such as a group of 30 jugglers from China, a group of 14 flying trapeze artists from Chile, and acrobats from Yakutia.

Other circus disciplines such as clowning, magic, equilibristics, floor, and aerial acrobatics will also be featured. 

The festival will also feature new disciplines such as giant vase juggling and swinging stick acrobatics.

Tickets for the event range from €11 to €95. The festival coincides with Spectator’s Day on February 26, which means that all tickets for that day's show will be sold for €18, with a few exceptions.