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Jimena festival of the Arts

Top juggler Jesus Fornies, one of the performers.
Top juggler Jesus Fornies, one of the performers. / SUR
  • This year's event is extra special: 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the start of Modern Circus as we know it

From Friday 22 June to Sunday 1 July the village of Jimena de la Frontera will be filled with colour, art and entertainment as the VI Festival of the Arts takes place. This year's event is extra special: 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the start of Modern Circus as we know it, so the focus is not only on art, but also on circus.

It begins on the evening of Friday 22nd with a Gala Opening at the Corral de la Paca cultural centre in Calle Ancha, to which everyone is welcome. This also marks the inauguration of the art exhibition, which continues throughout the ten days the festival takes place. A total of 14 local and guest artists are displaying their works, which all have a circus theme. At 10.30pm, the gala opening is followed by music from the jazz/swing group Jump Club Band (tickets 10€).

The Circus Festival has three parts: 'Pan y Circo', an end-of-term display of skills by the Corral de la Paca's circus students; 'El Circo de Cartón', a workshop for children aged 8 to 12 at which they can learn to make circus puppets and then put on a show; and 'Pandemonium Circus Fest', a week-long workshop in circus arts such as juggling, trapeze etc for children aged 6 to 18, held in the square beside La Victoria church. Registration costs 35€ and should be booked in advance. Some of the top names in circus art will also be performing in the evenings at 10.30pm at the same venue. This is a unique opportunity in the fantastic setting of a traditional village.