ASHARA (fingerprints in Amharic) – the Ethiopian network of contemporary circuses, was created in April 2017 by 6 Ethiopian circuses (Circus Arbaminch, Circus Bahar Dar, Circus Debre Berhan, Circus Dire Dawa, Circus Hawassa, Fekat Circus). The network members believe in the existence of a great potential in terms of both talented performers and market in the country, and the importance to develop that potential. Ashara aims to develop the circus art sector in Ethiopia through four main strategies: renewing the image of circus in Ethiopia, professionalising the sector, increasing recognition, and developing new models of sustainability. To date, the Ashara members participated in three trainings organised by Fekat Circus with the support of Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde and Crying Out Loud. They also performed and participated to exchange skills with African artists at the African Circus Arts Festival in Addis Ababa. Ashara performers met, shared and performed as well at the Fekat Circus Green Road Show in the Southern and Northern regions of Ethiopia.


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