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THE CIRCUS IS: Family… Tradition… Hope…




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 July 23rd to July 30th, 2017.


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.


All Cuban and foreign professional artists have the opportunity to submit their proposals to the selection process starting with the presentation of their proposal and based on the fulfillment of the artistic quality indicators in order to guarantee the competitive level and balance.

Cuban and foreign artists and companies interested in Circuba 2017 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.


NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES:  The Circuba 2017 Festival WILL NOT PAY the expenses of visas; medical insurances, flights to and from Havana, and WILL NOT PAY for the transfer of air cargo for every act that is nominated and elected.  However, the event WILL PAY the expenses for lodging and meals at 3 stars hotels for artists and at 4 stars hotels for invited guests and panels, as well as the transfers to/from airport-hotel-airport and daily transportation to the sessions of the festival.


The official announcement will close its term of admission by March 30th, 2017.


Circuba 2017 wishes to remind everyone that acts of clowns, magicians and illusionists WON’T BE PROCESSED for the event.   The celebration in the current year for interested magicians and illusionists will be the planned event- HABANAMAGIA 2017.


In order to participate in Circuba 2017, the following documents and details must be submitted:


  • Digitized passport in the page of data
  • Three photos of medium resolution of the participating act
  • Indicate country of origin by which it will compete in the festival
  • Indicate the company that it belongs to or if he is an independent artista
  • Send by E-mail the link in youtube or another page to download the uncut video of the act to compete. It is an absolute necessary requirement to send the “uncut” circus act.
  • Send the act theme song that will go with it.  Indicate if it will need orchestral accompaniment.


In the first coordination stage of CIRCUBA 2017 the proposals should be sent to:


Mr. José Manuel Cordero Hernández

General Coordinator of Circuba 2017  

Phone: (53) 7 833 4350

Cell phone: (53) 5 252 4541

Web site:


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


Mrs.Darlenys Alpízar Santos

Specialist of the receptive Agency PARADISO S.A

Telephone:(53) 7 836 5381

Fax: (53) 7 833 3921