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 300 reviews
"Moya was as spectacular and intense as the show is under the big tent. Bravo!"
- Nicole
"The movie was mind blowing. The artists performances were exceptional. The choreographing was excellent. Excellent work from the videographer. I think taking the performance away from the circus was an excellent idea. A totally different angle. The changing of moving a setting in a few seconds to somewhere else was amazing, Excellent work to all involved. ??????????????????"
- Bessiniff Fuchs
"Thought this film was fantastic! Well rehearsed, amazing filming in some stunning backdrops. The skill of the performers blew our minds, really inspired my daughter. Well done, please do more!"
- Hazel
"Moya from ZipZap Circus was exhilirating - beautiful to watch, great music, lovely athleticism and incredible juggling! Loved the mix of dance and acrobatics, and outdoor/indoor - the film was very well edited. I watched it twice and would love a link or some way of sharing it with friends."
- Didi
"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

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