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 14 reviews
"Fabulous event! Loved every minute and would highly recommend as good clean fun for adults and kids alike. Entertaining and tasteful! "
- Gisela
"Slapstick was a really brilliant show that our whole family enjoyed. Well done to the whole ZipZap team. A phenomenal organisation which is not just a pleasure to support but real fun! Thank you"
- Laura
"Fun, amazing, funny, inspiring... a great show for adults and kids, loved it"
- Lisa
"Great afternoon We loved it as adults and my young kids were totally engaged Might be nice to have something more than chips and popcorn available. Maybe limited sandwiches/bagels/baguettes Otherwise perhaps don’t use the word ‘deli’ as a good option "
- Anonymous
"Lovely for young and old, the performers are so talented!"
- Sonja

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