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Some 100 artists from nine countries at 7th International Circus Festival-contest Circuba 2008
At a press conference in Havana, Rolando Rodríguez, Director of the Cuban National Circus Company confirmed the participation of groups from Italy, Japan, Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, Canada and Australia -- a new comer.

Foreign guests will include the Mexican circus group Atayde Hermanos, founded more than 120 years ago and one of the oldest in Latin America, the Argentinean-Venezuelan duo of trapeze artists Las Mirandas, and Venezuelan magician Arnoldo, among others.

Cuba will be represented by young performers, among them members of the company Havana, who will perform the act ‘El Vuelo del Pájaro (the Flight of the Bird), for which the group Los Montalvo received the gold medal at the contest in Paris in 1987.

The jury is made up of 11 prominent international figures, among them Sophie Edelstein, director of the French company Pinder and Mexican Andrés Atayde. They will be in charge of judging the circus acts, in which each and every competitor is to show his/her versatility, fluency, pace and expertise.

The event will have two main venues, the big top Trompoloco, located in the suburbs of Havana and the Karl Marx Theatre, where the competition and the awards ceremony will take place.

There will be a three-day competition and the jury will grant a Gran Prix and three first prizes. The audience will grant the popularity prize.

The Circuba festival-contest was resumed in 2007, after 18 years of absence. The aim is to promote and give continuity to an international event that is highly acclaimed by the Cuban people.


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