About World Circus Day
Created by the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque in 2009, this day celebrates traditional circus arts all over the world.
It takes place annually on the third Saturday in April and is the biggest common international feast of the circus communities around the Globe. It's a special opportunity to celebrate together, to get more supporters and fans of the art of happiness. The possibilities are borderless.
The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque encourages circuses, circus schools, and other circus-related establishments to organize special events; shows; open houses; exhibitions; workshops; and/or conferences, etc. dedicated to World Circus Day.
The word “circus” comes from the Latin for circle or ring. Large public entertainment events, like chariot races, would take place at Rome’s Circus Maximus, which could fit an audience of over 150,000 Romans!
Curious Circus Facts
The circus is over 2,000 years old! Chinese circus dates back to the Qin Dynasty of 225–207 BC.
The Oscar-winning 1952 circus epic, The Greatest Show on Earth, was the first film that Steven Spielberg ever saw in a theater.
The Geatest Showman, a musical about the life of P.T. Barnum, grossed $435 million worldwide, making it the fifth-highest-grossing live-action musical film of all time.
The curtain separating the ring from the backstage of the circus is called the vorgang.Find out more