Wuqiao circus festival
GOV.cn Monday, October 31, 2005

Acrobats from Hebei province perform at the China Wuqiao International Acrobatic Art Festival in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province October 30, 2005. Wuqiao, a small town in Hebei Province, is known in China and the world as a cradle of acrobats. About 300 acrobats from 16 countries joined in the festival that runs from October 29 to November 6. (Xinhua Photo)


A Vietnamese acrobat performs a hula hoop dance at the China Wuqiao International Acrobatic Art Festival in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province October 30, 2005. (Xinhua Photo)


Mongolian acrobats perform a contortionist art at the Tenth China Wuqiao International Acrobatic Art Festival in Shijiazhuang, north China's Hebei province on October 30, 2005.  (Xinhua Photo)


Acrobats from Wuqiao perform at the China Wuqiao International Acrobatic Art Festival in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province October 30, 2005.  (Xinhua Photo)

The Tenth China Wuqiao International Circus Festival (CWICF) is being held in the capital of north China's Hebei Province, attracting 326 acrobats from 16 countries. The following is a brief account of the well-known circus festival:

The CWICF, named after the birthplace of acrobatics -- Wuqiao County of Hebei Province and launched in 1987, is held every two years, generally in the last week of October or the first week of November. It is jointly organized by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Hebei Provincial Government. Nine of the gala were held in succession.

Generally, the major activities of the festival include international circus competition, traditional folk art performances, forums on world circus, circus art exchanges, visits to the circus hometown and photo exhibitions on circus.

More than 400 programs from about 40 countries and regions have taken part in the festivals since 1987.

The Gold Lion Prize awarded at the CWICF is one of the highest prizes in the world circus circle.

With the longest history and the largest scale in China, the CWICF has become one of the three major international circus festivals in the world, along with Festival International du Circus de Monte Carlo and Festival Mondial du Circus de Demain. Wuqiao has also become one of the world's three most famous circus competitive arenas.

The 10th CWICF will last for nine days from Oct. 29 to Nov. 6. It will feature 30 programs by 30 circus groups from 16 countries.

 
Editor: Letian Pan
Source: Xinhua