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The circuses are coming to towns

Performers from the Flying Fruit Fly Circus – Australia’s only youth circus group and full-time circus school – will perform at Tini Tinou 2016. Photo supplied
Performers from the Flying Fruit Fly Circus – Australia’s only youth circus group and full-time circus school – will perform at Tini Tinou 2016. Photo supplied

The circuses are coming to towns

The region’s longest-running circus festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in Cambodia starting next month.

Tini Tinou, which means “here and there” in Khmer, will feature more than 30 performers from a host of countries displaying their acrobatic and entertainer prowess in collaborative shows, both planned and impromptu, in Battambang, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh from April 28 to May 10.

Workshops and discussion panels will also be featured in the 10-day festival organised by Phare, the Siem Reap-based circus troupe.

“The point of the festival is to share, to exchange skills, to build relationships and friendship,” said Phare director Dara Huot. “That’s very important to us.”

Phare’s circus performers do regular shows in Siem Reap and Battambang. Photo supplied
Phare’s circus performers do regular shows in Siem Reap and Battambang. Photo supplied

While most performers will be Cambodian, artists from as far afield as Nepal, Indonesia and Afghanistan as well as troupes from Canada, Australia and France will be included.

The celebrated Aussie youth acrobatic group the Flying Fruit Fly circus will be performing their newest routine, Stunt Lounge, a spectacle of aerial agility and other risky maneuvers.

Also on the ticket is Cause & Effect, an award-winning juggling duo from Canada who employ dance, mime and magic in their awe-inspiring acts.

Pop-up shows, parades and panels will be free, while full-length shows will require a ticket. Visit tinitinou.com for more information.

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