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Scene from “Gravity & Other Myths” by Australian circus company Backbone. Photo: Courtesy

Mérida will host a four-day international circus festival entirely online.

The festival will kick off Thursday and will run through until Sunday, June 27.  

Festival organizers had hoped for a hybrid-style event but the most recent wave of COVID-19 made in-person events untenable. 

“This festival will give people in Mérida the opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange through art,” said event curator Jorge Contreras.

The festival will feature performances, conferences, and workshops by 44 artists from Canada, Spain, Australia, and Mexico. 

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Organizers say that one of the highlights of the festival is likely to be the performance of a show titled Blizzard, by the Quebecois troupe FLIP Fabrique.

The festival will come to a close with the presentation of a show titled Gravity & Other Myths, presented by the award-winning Australian company, Backbone.

Unlike conventional circus acts which have long relied on exotic animals, events held during the festival will adhere to the nouveau cirque style and aesthetic. 

Ticket prices range between 65 and 120 pesos and are available online.

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