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Call for Help to Rebuild the Carpa Trompoloco, After Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma decimated the islands of Barbuda and Antigua, her powerful arms brutalizing the northeastern coast of Cuba just before devastating the lives of millions of people in the state of Florida in the United States. One of the victims of this natural disaster was the “Carpa Trompoloco” Cultural Center, home of the Cuban National Circus to the west in the Cuban capital, home to artists from that country since its creation on August 13, 2005. I had the opportunity to experience the wonderful show of the CIRCUBA International Festival last June, a magical experience, made moreso now, knowing that the tent is no longer there.

Circuba is one of the oldest circus festivals and contests in the world, preceded only by the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo and the Cirque du Demain in Paris. On Thursday, September 7, the tent began to be dismantled to avoid damage. Two days later, on Saturday night, the power of this hurricane of great intensity destroyed part of the roof of the tent in Havana and damaged many other cultural institutions.

When I got in touch with my friends on the following Tuesday, I learned that the tent was damaged beyond repair.

Imagine the place where you create your special brand of magic, your creative home, your sustenance, missing or destroyed and it being no longer possible to continue giving joy to so many families, especially children.

According to Jos√© Manuel Cordero-Hern√°ndez, the General Coordinator of the Festival and Representative of Institutional Communication, ‚ÄúArtists have been performing in alternative venues such as cinemas, theaters and sports halls, but practically more than 50% can not work.‚ÄĚ When I asked where the Circuba 2018 Festival would take place, Cordero-Hernandez replied: “Circuba 2018 should be done in the Trompoloco Tent. We have a lot of faith in this management and in that of so many people and fans who fight for this purpose that our circus, our main venue for presentations, can rise again as a phoenix.‚ÄĚ

It is with this end in mind that I ask you, if you have had any relation with this place or with the circus in Cuba, or if you simply and somehow love this legendary stage art, please help and / or collaborate with the family of Cuban circus in efforts to rebuild/replace this magical space.

Every bit of help counts and strengthens this noble purpose. This is an opportunity for you to take action demonstrating thatpeople help international people and institutions, despite social and political differences.

The circus proves by its very existence that through determination, cooperation and hard work, the impossible can be realized.

They are counting on your help right now!

To donate, visit their GoFund Me page or contact :

Sr. Jos√© Manuel Cordero Hern√°ndez.¬†Comunicaci√≥n & Marketing,¬†Circo Nacional de Cuba¬†Email:¬†[email protected]

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Una vez m√°s en contacto con mis amigos en el martes siguiente, me enter√© de que la carpa estaba da√Īada m√°s all√° de la reparaci√≥n.

Puedo imaginar el lugar donde creas tu marca especial de magia, tu hogar creativo, tu sustento, que de momento est√° desaparecido o destruido y no es posible continuar dando alegr√≠a a tanta gente de la familia y sobre todo a los ni√Īos.

Seg√ļn Jos√© Manuel Cordero-Hern√°ndez, ‚Äúcoordinador general del festival y representante de comunicaci√≥n institucional‚ÄĚ, los artistas han estado actuando en lugares alternativos como cines, teatros y salas de deportes, pero pr√°cticamente m√°s del 50% no puede trabajar. Cuando le pregunt√© d√≥nde se llevar√≠a a cabo el Festival Circuba 2018, Cordero-Hern√°ndez respondi√≥: “Circuba 2018 debe hacerse en la Carpa Trompoloco.

Tenemos mucha fe en esta gestión y en la de tantas personas y admiradores que luchan por éste fin que nuestro circo, nuestra principal sede de presentaciones, pueda levantarse nuevamente como ave fénix.

Es con este fin en mente que le pido que si usted ha tenido alguna relación con éste lugar o con el circo en Cuba, o que sencillamente y de alguna manera ama esta legendaria arte escénica, por favor, pueda ayudar y/o  colaborar a la familia de circo cubano.

Cada ayuda cuenta y determina este noble prop√≥sito. √Čsta es una oportunidad para que usted pueda tomar acci√≥n demostrando que la gente ayuda a las personas e instituciones internacionales, a pesar de diferencias sociales y pol√≠ticas.

El circo demuestra por su propia existencia que a través de la determinación, la cooperación y el trabajo duro, lo imposible se puede realizar.

¡Contamos con su ayuda en éste momento! To donate, visit their GoFund Me page

Puede poner como contacto el mio:

Sr. Jos√© Manuel Cordero Hern√°ndez, Comunicaci√≥n & Marketing, Circo Nacional de Cuba,¬†Email:¬†[email protected]

Johanna Vargas
Artist, Educator, LMT, BCTMB -United States
Johanna Vargas is a body worker and artist based in Chicago. She began studying circus arts recreationally in 2010, graduating from Aloft's first full-time program in 2014, and has been teaching body maintenance to subsequent full-timers ever since.

Johanna Vargas

Johanna Vargas is a body worker and artist based in Chicago. She began studying circus arts recreationally in 2010, graduating from Aloft's first full-time program in 2014, and has been teaching body maintenance to subsequent full-timers ever since.