Coronavirus - The Swiss Circus Scene Stands Still

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Coronavirus – The Swiss Circus Scene Stands Still

Normally the seasonal premieres of the Swiss circuses are as much a part of spring as the first flowers and buds on the trees. But this year everything is different, surreal, unthinkable. The coronavirus has a firm grip on the world – with repercussions not only on our private lives but also on the Swiss circus scene.
Photo credit: Roland Stahel, 2020 Switzerland was one of the first countries in Europe to respond to the coronavirus at the end of February by banning major events. The traditional Swiss circus Stey, for example, was affected by this, postponing its premiere and cancelling the first performances. Cirque Helvetia was still able to hold its premiere and celebrate its 45th anniversary, but here too, the tents were taken down again immediately afterwards. In retrospect, the early cancellation of the Artistika Festival in Visp also proved to be foresighted. Immediately after the first restrictions were announced, the organizer Karim Habli invited all to a crisis meeting. It was a decision to be made: go through with the risk of bein...
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Randy Scheibli

Even as a small child Randy Scheibli was fascinated by the circus world. This led him becoming a member of the Club of Circus Friends of Switzerland and he is still working as an editor for the CircusZeitung today. In the meantime, he has turned his passion into a profession and works in the marketing department for Swiss National Circus Knie. In his spare time, Randy Scheibli is also active in the circus school Flyingdance in Zurich.