It was a day to remember when more than 100 children from Lalela Project in Hout Bay, I Care and Where Rainbows Meet were treated to an exhilarating day at the Zip Zap Circus Dome to celebrate the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Screams of delight filled the Zip Zap Circus Dome this past Saturday, 21 March as children aged between three and ten years old were treated to circus magic. As part of the Gigs for Kids initiative for Cape Town International Jazz Festival, over 100 children from disadvantaged communities spent the day learning the art of circus performances with lessons in acrobatics, tightrope walking, trapeze and much more.

Dressed in striking circus attire, instructors from Zip Zap surprised the crowd with a tantalizing show as the children were left speechless. A delicious meal, refreshments, popcorn and candyfloss were served to top off the magical day.

“Just seeing the excitement on the children’s faces is what we’re all about,” said Laurence Esteve, Co-founder of Zip Zap. “It’s important to expose youngsters not only to traditional extramural activities like sports, but the arts too where children can learn to express themselves in other creative ways. Learning the art of circus performance teaches children team work and discipline which helps them develop into thriving young adults, and this is what we want to pass on to them,” commented Esteve.

As the day came to an end, the memory of their experience will be told by the children for years to come.

For more information about Zip Zap Circus School, please contact 021 421 8622, email Laurence on or visit the website at Zip Zap is also on Facebook (

About Zip Zap Circus School

Zip Zap Circus is a social circus that was founded in Cape Town in 1992, to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps kids to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality. Zip Zap’s programmes are all free to participants, with financial and material support coming from individuals, organisation, corporations and foundations. In South Africa and the world, Zip Zap is recognized across Governments, Ministries of Education, Tourism, Arts & Culture and private societies, as a major contributor to the development within the iconic ‘Mother City’ and providing sustainability of the circus arts in South Africa.