The National Circus Ensemble


The National Circus is one of the major cultural projects that were established during the era of leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, by the creative Minister of Culture Tharwat Okasha, which includes the Academy of Arts, Mass Culture, the General Authority for Books, Sound and Light, and the Balloon Theater.
Preparation for the establishment of the circus began in the year 1962, after a visit by the leader Gamal Abdel Nasser to Russia, and watching the Russian National Circus. Where he decided to establish an Egyptian national circus that brings together Egyptian circus players, after training them and preparing their talents. He harnessed the capabilities for this national cultural project, by bringing Russian coaches: Mysternico, Cherai, and Melinkov. He also granted the emerging group the Abdeen Palace’s garden to train at, until the completion of the establishment of a decent headquarters for it in the Agouza neighborhood. The preparation for the national circus took four years, and while the headquarters was being established, the members of the two famous circus groups, the Akef ensemble, which was famous for its acrobatic art, and the Helou ensemble, which was famous for taming animals, were trained in order to develop their arts and refine their talents, under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture, and the leadership of the first director of the circus Professor Abdel-Fattah Shafak.
On January 13, 1966, the National Circus was inaugurated, and the ensemble moved to its headquarters in the Agouza neighborhood, in a massive historical procession, during which the band performed some of its performances, as it penetrated the streets of Cairo accompanied by trained circus animals, including elephants and horses, while musicians played their pieces, and the media reported. This big event went on air on the screens, and was attended by many public figures, to express Egypt›s pride in one of its

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