Zip Zap Circus



Zip Zap was founded in Cape Town in 1992, to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps kids to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality. Zip Zap’s programs are all free to participants, with financial and material support coming from individuals, organisations, corporations and foundations. In South Africa and the world, Zip Zap is recognised across Governments, Ministries of Education, Tourism, Arts & Culture and private societies, as a major contributor to the development within the iconic ‘Mother City’ and providing sustainability of the circus arts in South Africa.

Zip Zap is dedicated to supporting and conducting training in circus arts and performance as a powerful tool for social transformation, youth empowerment, team building and community upliftment. The programs provide opportunities for young South Africans from very different backgrounds to play, learn and live together using the medium of circus training and performance to model and demonstrate the possibility of true coexistence. 

The Zip Zap children have performed for presidents and world leaders. They have done more than 35 international tours and numerous international media showcases. Kids, who began as six-year-olds swinging from a trapeze tied to a tree, are now professional performing artists working in Europe and North America. Young people who grew up on the streets are now skilled and valued artists and technicians in the entertainment and film industries. Best of all, these kids have become teachers themselves. They are ambassadors and role models for others, demonstrating dramatically to young people and the wider public the possibility of a new way of treating each other.


from 424 reviews
"This event was very well organised with very good staging and lighting. Just minor issues such as the music ending too soon sometimes and the music and mic audio being a bit too loud/piercing at times. Mistakes obviously happen and they did a great job of carrying on. "
- Anonymous
"Great quality movie - amazing artists (Zip Zap, Parlotones & Paul du Toit)"
- Debbie
"Amazing energy and skills from these young people. The picnic idea worked better than I thought and the picnic boxes were good."
- Heather
"Visually the show was a bit compromised - I'm guessing it was because it was filmed as a live show and maybe didn't have the optimum lighting for an actual filming. But it was great nonetheless!"
- Jackie
"A wonderful alternative to the real show. Fantastic way to support this great programme"
- Anonymous

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