On 21 October a charity performance will be held at Kharkiv Old Circus (National Guard Square, 17). The young artists of 5 to 18 will perform for the children who lost their homes or families during the war in Donbas. Five youngsters from Donetsk, who joined local circus studio in 2014 when their families moved to Kharkiv, will also take part in the performance.
Orphans, children of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and servicemen killed in combat operations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions are invited for the performance. The young artists also want to attract public attention to the problem of Kharkiv Old Circus as this building, which became their home, can be taken away.
The Old Circus was built in 1905 and operated as the State circus till 1974 when a new building for the performances was erected. Since then the Old Circus has become the children’s and youth studio of circus art, and the building is used as the practice hall for the young jugglers, tightrope walkers, acrobats, gymnasts and trapeze artists.
Now the building does not receive any funding, its rooms are poorly heated and several lawsuits and legal proceedings are held to defend the circus property from raiders according to the Deputy General Director of the State Circus Company Dmytro Lyko. He adds the public appeals to the Ministry of Culture “to support and save the Old Circus” still have not improved the situation.
However 150 pupils of the studio of circus art are optimistic. The head of the studio Svetlana Momot says: “The children need to work out, so we rehearse new stunts every day, do our numbers and organize performances. We cannot and do not want to give up”.