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 150 reviews
"I thoroughly enjoyed Moya. Very professional production and amazingly talented performers."
- Anonymous
"Thank you for this amazing film. I had a great time watching it!"
- Eva
"It was amazing loved It Watched it twice"
- Michelle
"Nicely organized. The film was beautiful, uplifting, moving, humorous - everything a great circus show should have! "
- Anna
"This excellent art film should go on to win awards - it is breathtakingly excellent on so many fronts: the acrobatics, choreography, lighting, photography/film techniques... and the whole. The fact that the amazing work of ZipZap to change young peoples lives makes it even more valuable documentary ... could easily contend in Canada's HotDocs festivaletc. PS in my opinion Moya far exceeds the Cirque de Soleil films where lighting effects have been used to distract from less skilled acrobatics. "
- Martha

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