Zip Zap Circus School
Year established 1992
Member since 2018
Students per week 230
Aim By 2023 Zip Zap is maximising positive life-changing social impact on South African youth through its professional circus hub which delivers world-class performances to inspire audiences nationally and internationally.
Zip Zap 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 10 different programs are all free to participants (between 1’500 and 2’000 each year), with financial and material support coming from individuals, organization, corporations and foundations.
The Zip Zap children have performed for presidents and world leaders. They have done 35 international tours and numerous international media showcases. Kids, who began as six-year-olds swinging from a trapeze tied to a tree, are now professional performing artists working in Europe and North America. Young people who grew up on the streets are now skilled and valued artists and technicians in the entertainment and film industries. Best of all, these kids have become teachers themselves. They are ambassadors and role models for others, demonstrating dramatically to young people and the wider public the possibility of a new way of treating each other.
International Cooperation Projects
RICA Rencontres Interculturelles du Cirque D’Abidjan, Feb 2019
Social Circus Projects
SASCN (South African Social Circus Network), 16 June of each year
Juggling Convention, the Saturday closest to 24 Sept (Heritage day in South Africa) each year