On Wednesday at The Forks there was a sneak preview of Circus for Circus, a fundraiser that will be held later this month to support the Circus and Magic Partnership (C.A.M.P.).
C.A.M.P. is a program that builds confidence and healthy creativity in at-risk youth in Manitoba by teaching them circus skills.
At yesterday’s preview, I performed on the silks and Isaac Girardin juggled. Robin Chestnut, an instructor at C.A.M.P., spoke about the benefits of C.A.M.P. as did David Ashcroft. Ashcroft is the co-chair of Kidsfest –The Winnipeg International Children’s Festival.
C.A.M.P. is an artistic intervention project spearheaded by The Winnipeg International Children’s Festival. Under the program, each child learns to become a well-rounded variety performer, using materials like stilts, unicycles, tight wires, as well as magic and juggling supplies. The project’s objective is to provide a positive and proactive arts and education experience opportunity for youth-at-risk.
The upcoming fundraiser, called Circus for Circus, will offer a cabaret of circus performances — aerial, juggling, hoop dancing, and more! It will be held on February 21, 2014, from 7 pm to 11 pm in the lobby of the Manitoba Theatre for Young People.
Planning this fundraiser has been a labour of love for me, as I’ve been working on it since May of last year.
All proceeds from this special event will go to C.A.M.P. For more information, for tickets or to donate, go to http://www.circusforcircus.com/
Photos by Braiden Watling