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17th International Festival of Circus Circuba 2018

17th International Festival of Circus Circuba 2018

Created in 1981, Circuba is the third oldest festival of its type around the world, only preceded by the competition of Monte Carlo (1974) and the Circus Festival of the Future (Young Ring in Paris, 1977). Since 1981, Cuba, the principal island of the Greater Antilles, is an international reference for the circus arts. Generation after generation has jealously transmitted well-kept secrets in different and memorable families that every year joins hundreds and thousands of spectators from throughout the island to share a tradition that has existed for over two centuries.

The magic and virtuosity of the native circus stars of all time is a reference for artists coming from multiple countries of the five continents to feel attracted to and seduced by the competition along with Cuban acrobats and gymnasts.

Celebrating Circuba every year turns Havana into the world capital of the circus for seven days. Artists, businessmen, observers, journalists, and photographers among other interested people arrange to meet on our Caribbean island, this time from June 24 to 29, 2018, an occasion to celebrate half a century of existence and institutionalization of the National Circus of Cuba.

A selection committee, composed of artists, masters and personalities of the circus art, appointed to the role by the Festival President, will be in charge of the evaluation, acceptance and final selection of those artists who wish to compete.

Cuban and foreign artists and companies interested in Circuba 2018 may send their request for final evaluation by the selection committee that will determine their acceptance for participation in the circus competition.

A prestigious and qualified international panel will award a GRAN PRIX, three First Place Prizes, the Prize of the Critics “Antonieta César in memoriam”, the Prize of the image of the Festival and for second consecutive year will award the prize THE SURPRISE ARTIST. In addition, the audience on each competitive day will evaluate and judge the competitor’s performance.  The audience will determine THE POPULARITY AWARD. Likewise, various international circus companies and Cuban cultural institutions will bestow special awards at this summer event.

The official announcement will close its admission period on January 15, 2018.

Circuba 2018 wishes to remind everyone that acts of clowns, magicians and illusionists WON’T BE PROCESSED for the event.  

For the registration process you must follow the instructions and send us the following:

Name of the Company or Academy:
Age of or participants:
Telephone contact:
Does the device (s) have the act ?:
Video link:

(It includes a Dropbox / Youtube / Vimeo link to a recent video of the event.) Your act will not have to be the same for the competition, but it will be used for the selection committee. This video should not present cuts, they WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AND WILL BE DISQUALIFIED promotional videos)
3 high resolution photos of the act to be contested:
Country of origin:
Music or musical theme of the event:
Total duration of the act:

In the first coordination stage of CIRCUBA 2018 the proposals should be sent to:

Mr. José Manuel Cordero Hernández

General Coordinator of Circuba 2018


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For information related to lodging, tourist and cultural packages, please, contact:

Mrs. Darlenys Alpízar Santos

Specialist of the receptive Agency PARADISO S.A


Telephone: (53) 7 836 5381

Fax: (53) 7 833 3921