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  • Rachel Holliday

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    Double circus extravaganza rolls up to Cairns


    Roll up, roll up! Two circuses are coming to town!

    Cairns families will be treated to an array of circus delights this month with two prestigious circus shows setting up their big tents in our backyard.

    Circus lovers will be spoilt for choice with both the Lennon Brothers Circus and Cirque Africa arriving this June and July.

    The legendary Lennon Brothers will return to Cairns for yet another spectacular season.

    Spectators can expect to see adorable miniature donkeys, aerial dancers and the regular clan of crazy clowns.

    With over 121 years of shows under their belt, the Lennon Brothers Circus have earned themselves the title of the oldest touring circus in Australia.

    Alongside this, they are one of only two circuses left in Australia with big cats. The majestic lions - two females and one male - have been born and bred in the circus and are sure to awe children and big kids alike.

    Those looking to enjoy something a little different will be mesmerised by Cirque Africa.

    Describing itself as “an authentic African experience,” the circus aims to transport spectators to the colourful plains of Africa.

    The show combines traditional African acrobatics with more modern techniques to create “a highly entertaining and blockbuster production.”

    With an ensemble of 15 performing artists from 6 African countries taking to the stage, Cirque Africa is set to challenge the whole family’s imagination.

    The impressive line-up includes contortionists, acrobats, dancers and percussion musicians. Comedy acts and traditional dance acts ensure that Cirque Africa truly breaks the mould of the traditional circus.

    The show is directed by Winston Russell, aka Papa Africa, who directed the hit Broadway show Cirque Mother Africa.

    With everything from camels to dancers set to make an appearance in Cairns this June and July, the family will be spoilt for choice this school holidays.

    The Lennon Brothers Circus will be at Cairns Racecourse between 21st June and 16th July.

    Cirque Africa will be showing at the Centre of Contemporary Arts between June 22nd  June and 1st July.