Campaign successfully funded on: 03 May,2014
Cirquenciel.aec presents Beirut Juggles the social, educational and recreational circus arts festival. This initiative aims to empower the existence of circus culture and practice in educational institutions and among the public. Beirut Juggles is a step to engage the Lebanese and MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) population in a fun, educational and social activity: Circus arts! It is through our passion for this art that we come together into the practice and the spreading of its culture. Beirut Juggles promotes and practices Conflict Resolution, Non-violence and Teamwork through simple Juggling and Collaborative play.
1- acquire & rent technical components of the project: space rental, sound, lighting, logistics.
2- Produce digital communication media and print-outs.
3- Support staff recruitment.
Your generous funds will cover what money can procure.
What money cannot procure is the expertise of our talented jugglers, the long-term engagement of our team to teaching and spreading circus arts and your lovely presence at the festival's premises.
Within the 3 festival days, you can come and benefit from our public classes, be engaged in our performances, and claim your right to Juggle :-)
Year after another, the juggling community is growing; jugglers are identifying themselves from all over the country, the Middle East and even Europe. Beirut Juggles 2012 gave birth to a sustainable Lebanese - German collaboration; 3 local NGO's: Cirquenciel, Filhos de Bimba Escola de Capoeira, the Nawaya Network and TEDxyouth, all aiming to empower youth, were promoted during the festival.
Beirut Juggles led to the integration of circus arts in the education programs at Grand Lycee Franco-Libanais, Kulturzentrum, and College Protestant Libanais and now aims at reinforcing the establishment of the Circus Arts National Institute (CAN I).
The story and need behind Cirqu’enciel
The circus culture was totally absent from the Lebanese society before the founding of cirqu’enciel (Just a few jugglers here and there really!). It’s a social, cultural, and educational challenge that we face, and not only in Lebanon, but in the whole MENA region in general. Circus is one of the most developed physical education tools, and it still doesn’t exist in our curricula. We have a mass of sedentary youth; we need to get them involved in a lifetime of fun physical exercise!
The cirqu’enciel social program was launched in 2001 under the NGO arcenciel and Cirque du Monde: the social program of Cirque du Soleil - Quebec, based on the belief everyone has the right to grow in a fun, safe, educational environment: the Circus! Almost 13 years now since “Cirque du Monde” trainers visited arcenciel, and we look forward to our best days yet to come.Our track record and references on our portfolio are available at
Other Ways You Can Help
As artists, we strongly believe in the value that circus arts add to one’s personal experience; coming from our own, we grew on several levels, guided by a bundle of disciplines, or so called games.
Your contribution to this National endeavor can be a simple share on your social media accounts, or your presence on our tours, festival preparation site and positive engagement in the circus activities.
Everyone has the right to grow up in the safe, fun, caring environment. Join in for some serious fun and contribute to the change you want see!
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We are Maher Safar & Johnny Girges; two individuals coming from different backgrounds, who joined together in a vision we call "Beirut Juggles: Why be the spectator when you can be the performer?!"
Facilitated by the tremendous support of Cirquenciel.aec…Full biography