It’s Circus Time In Old San Juan

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If you’re looking for something fun and different to do during Saint Valentine’s Day weekend in Puerto Rico, then stop by the First International Circus and Street Performance Festival of Puerto Rico, which will take place on Febrruary 15th and 16th, on San Francisco Street, in Old San Juan.

The street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Plaza Colón at the extreme east of the Old City to Plaza De Armas in front of City Hall.

This is the first time that this sort of event has been celebrated anywhere in the Caribbean.  It follows the model of other street performance festivals such as: the Edinburgh Festival, in Scotland; the Aurillac festival, in France, the Vevey Festival in Switzerland; and the “Hazme Reír” (make me laugh) Festival, in Argentina”, said Maximiliano Rivas, one of the street performers and event organizers.

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There will be different events taking place at 10 locations scattered between Plaza Colón, Plaza de la Barandilla and Plaza de Armas.  Nine companies from Europe and South America including: “Circo Rebote”, from Brazil and Perú; “Compagnia Autonoma Tenenti”, from Italy; Pipo Metal, from Argentina; “SubCielo”, from Chile and Puerto Rico; “Compañía M+M”, from Argentina and Puerto Rico; “Hermanos Infonfundibles, Hiltoff”, “Jesus Fornies” and “Don Davel”, from Spain; will join 32 local companies from Puerto Rico during the two-day event, that will bring dancers, theater performers, puppeteers, musicians, circus acts and artists to the people of Old San Juan and our visitors from abroad.

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The event will take place from 11:00am to 9:00pm on Saturday and from 11:00am to 7:00pm on Sunday.

Rivas emphasized that the event will be totally different from other mayor festivities that take place in Old San Juan in that only local restaurants and eateries will be allowed to sell to the public.  “Alcoholic beverages will not be allowed on the street so this will be the perfect event for all ages”, added Rivas.

After Old San Juan the event will move to other towns around the Island like San Lorenzo (February 17th) Caguas (February 19th), and Vieques (February 20th).  After that it will return to Old San Juan for a final performance that will be announced later.

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For more information visit www.circofest.com or contact Maximiliano Rivas or Anaís Nadal at 787-940-1662 or 787-213-3744, or via email at: acircpr@gmail.com

Enjoy Puerto Rico,

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