Traditional Circus Arts - Girona Circus Festival and Beyond

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Passion for Preserving Traditional Circus Arts at the Girona Festival and Beyond

The Festival Internacional del Circ Elephant d’Or Girona (International Circus Festival of the Gold Elephant) celebrated its 9th edition from January 13th -18th with multiple performances occurring on each day to the delight of the population of Girona, Spain. Over six days the 24 participating acts completed in either the Red or Blue shows before coming together on the final night for a gala award ceremony known as the Gold show. This festival, with its focus on traditional circus arts, is poised to become the premiere circus festival in Europe offering diverse performances from around the world and an equally diverse jury, drawing circus industry professionals to its unique market. I asked myself as I prepared to enter their big top for the first time, is the heritage circus industry willing and ready to grow such an event?
Festival organizers, Genis Matabosch and Joan Mompart with Bronze winner duo, “Deserve to Fly” from Russia. Photo: Blain Tully This festival started nine years ago as a passion project for festival organizer Genis Matabosch, who is also the president of the Circus Arts Foundation, founder of Circusland, director and ringmaster of the festival, and jury member to numerous international circus festivals, as well as owner of one of the largest collections of circus documentation and artifacts in the world. Matabosch holds an International Diploma of Heritage Management and Conservation from the National Institute of Heritage in Paris as well as a degree in Art History from the University of Girona. Joan Mompart, the assistant director, tick...
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Blain Tully

Blain is the Partnership Manager at CircusTalk. Co-founder and former General Manager of Circus Maine, Blain Tully has performed for over three years with Circus Maine & Pinion Productions. Training to become a generalist circus performer, Blain performs in group acts such as Chinese Pole, Juggling, Wall Trampoline and general acrobatics. Getting his start in traditional artistic gymnastics at seven years old, Blain went on to compete through college while earning an International Business Degree and a Sports Management Degree from the University of Southern Maine. During his time at USM Blain was the founder of the USM Gymnastics Team and competed the all-around with his team at three consecutive NAIGC National competitions.