The Circus of Tomorrow is a circus festival featuring over 100 artists from 18 countries who come together each year at the city’s Cirque Phénix to compete for a medal awarded by a jury of experts in the circus arts. The festival is a spectacular opportunity to witness incredible feats of strength, technical ability and creative flair by trapeze artists, acrobats, jugglers and tightrope walkers from around the world. For the artists themselves, the event is an opportunity for their talent to be recognised by their peers and the industry and many successful careers have been launched at the the festival. For the spectactor, it’s a unique chance to see the circus stars of tomorrow in a competitive setting.
The Circus of Tomorrow takes place at the end of January in the Cirque Phénix. Situated in the beautiful Pelouse de Reuilly in the city’s largest public park, Bois de Vincennes, you can get there by taking the underground to Liberté métro station on line 8 or bus number 87 to the Porte de Reuilly stop. The Thursday to Saturday shows start at 8.30pm with an additional 2.30pm show on Saturday and the winners’ show starts at 3pm on Sunday. You can get tickets in advance online, on the day at the venue or in big department stores around the city such as Fnac and Carrefour. Ticket prices vary from €22 between €95 depending on the show and your seating choice.
The winners’ show is the most popular of them all and, although it is more expensive, it’s worth paying out a few more Euros to witness the very top performers displaying their skills. The event receives a lot of press attention with French celebrities awarding the prizes to the artists. French actors Sabrina Ouazani and Michel Blanc and singer Matthieu Chedid were among the stars handing out the prizes last year. Be aware, though, that the Sunday night is the most popular and it’s advisable to book your tickets in advance online.
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In between the acrobatics and trapeze shows, make sure you find the time to check out the Parisian sights: have lunch with a view at the renowed Les Ombres restaurant on the top floor of the Musée du Quai Branly; get some retail therapy on famous shopping street, the Champs-Elysées; and see the city’s most famous monuments from the water on a River Seine cruise.
To find out more information about the Circus of Tomorrow, please head to the official website, where you’ll be able to find out about the Cirque Phénix venue, the history of the Cirque de Demain and how to access a live stream of the shows together with an explanation of where and how you can get tickets.
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