Legal Identity and Structure

Fekat Circus was officially registered in December 2008 by the Addis Ababa Sport Bureau as a sport club association (Licence N. 17/1/04). We are aware that being considered a sport club underestimates the artistic dimension of a circus, but at the time of registration this was the only option available.

The Fekat Circus Club is a non-profit making organization established by fourteen Ethiopians circus artists and one international associate. Its objective is to promote circus as agent of social change and development of the local community.

The legal representative of Fekat Circus is the Sport Club’s President (Dereje Dange).


Organizational structure

The organizational structure of Fekat Circus reflects its belief in the importance of having decisions made by those directly and primarily involved in the life of the Circus. The governance and management structure is made up of the General Assembly and the Management Committee.

The General Assembly is the Circus’s main decision-making organ. It meets once a year and is composed of the 15 club’s founders and 20 trainees of the circus school. During the GA meeting, a detailed activity and financial report is presented by the Management Committee for endorsement by the GA members; future directions are proposed and discussed by all the members; and decisions are voted on and endorsed.

The Management Committee comprises 6 members (see below) and meets on a regular basis to decide on technical and administrative issues and to act on decisions taken by the GA.

All in all Fekat Circus employs 26 staff. The circus trainers, the animators and the doctor-clowns manage the day-to-day activities in the Fekat Circus school and outreach projects (hospital, juvenile prison, orphanages, street children rehabilitation projects, etc.). They are supervised by the Management Team. Final accountability for the activities of the Circus rests with the Club’s President.


Fekat Circus Management Committee

President, artistic & creative director: Dereje Dange

Vice-president, light and sound technician: Samson Wondessen

Fundraiser and coordinator of social projects: Giorgia Giunta

Head of finance & accountant: Yeshi Aderajew

Circus school and outreach training programs manager: Solomon Balcha

Smile’s medicine project manager:  Shimelles Getachew