The biggest circus festival in the world, La Convencion in Buenos Aires

Posted by on August 15, 2012

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Buenos Aires is a city in Argentina which is not only known to have diverse flora and fauna but also is filled with colorful people. Parks are scattered all throughout the city and expect to see a street performer juggling or doing an acrobatic dance. The performers spend hours in the park performing circus acts. The La Convención Argentina de Circo, Payasos y Espectaculos Callejeros or for short, La Convencion,  happens every year and it is considered as a big affair that draws attention. It started in 1996 when the circus phenomenon begun in the country. There are conventions and organizations that promote the new circus that is happening in the region. According to the founders of the Festival, it was created as a space where artists convene. Since then the event has become the greatest street show in the region.

La Convencion circus festival in Buenos Aires

La Convencion circus festival in Buenos Aires

The La Convencion usually runs for five days and is filled with fun activities like parades, workshops and contests. The big tents will go up on the last day where you can watch real live circus. During this performance, circus performers are scattered everywhere. There is a small village set up by the organizers. If you are planning to attend the event, there are different dining options available like grills and vegetarian dishes. The itineraries for the event are well organized. The city is filled with workshops where you can learn and enhance your talents.

Circus tents

Circus tents

An amazing circus act

An amazing circus act

Are you planning to learn about circus or are you planning to enhance your skills? There are several activities that you can join from uni cycling, spinning, trapeze, to juggling. Normally the La Convencion convenes on weekends. Saturday is the day for the grand parade where you can find circus people on their finest attire. They normally project new circus looks like mixing traditional elements with modern design. Clowns ride on buses while playing various musical instruments roaming around the city. The is a huge street party. Be prepared to get soaked and soapy as foam machines are set up to cover the streets. Be prepared to dance till morning.

Professional acrobat

Professional acrobat

On the last day of the event is where you will see the performances of prestigious circus schools in country. You will certainly love the excellent circus act offered by schools like Compañia Colectivo Xibalba and Escuela Le Lido. Definitely Buenos Aires is where you can find clowns, circus performers and artists that are all professional and can offer the best entertainment. The said festival is associated with freedom and imagination. It is time to celebrate and let your imaginations fly.  As a traveler, you should enjoy yourself in this kind of festival.

Street performer

Street performer

Great street performance

Great street performance

 

Festival photo 1: bacultural, Festival photo 2,5 & 6: CatEye, Festival photo 3: luisotaviomachado, Festival photo 4: blmurch,

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