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 466 reviews
"This was one of the best shows I have ever seen! The music and different performances were all excellent. The show left me wanting more and being proud to be South African. Well done to everyone involved in the show. "
- Maryke Kerrin
"Pure Joy"
- Antony
"The only improvement that is needed is at the bar. Queues were very long. More people are needed to serve."
- Janet
"Thank you to the ZipZap Circus for this extraordinary show. I absolutely loved it. The players were incredible to watch, so skilled and talented; the storyline was very interesting and well told; and, the music was wonderful and very cleverly woven into the story. I found booking the tickets easy and efficient and liked the fact that everything could be done using the phone - booking, paying, scanning the tickets at the door etc."
- Nicola Souchon
"Unbelievable tricks! Loved the silk and acrobatics! What a talented group of performers! I loved the local elements and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! Would watch again ??????????"
- Tammy

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