The Zip Zap Circus School has proven that it is about more than just spectacle and entertainment.
The oldest circus in Cape Town has devoted itself to inspiring and empowering young people to do better for themselves and society.
Zip Zap co-founder Laurence Esteve explains that the circus is committed to building social cohesion, and changing lives of Cape Town youth through its free training programme.
As a social project, when you learn to climb on someone's shoulder or hang on a trapeze, you forget about where you come from and worry about the end result. Putting a good show together brings a lot of kids together and we've got social cohesion happening in the circus ring.— Laurence Esteve, Zip Zap co-founder
Over the years, Zip Zap has groomed a number of local prodigies who are now paying it forward across the world.
According to Esteve, some have gone on to tour in the US, others have created their own circus schools in Europe, and one has developed a cultural initiative for children on the Cape Flats.
We've got one in Las Vegas who comes from Khayelistha and he's a rigger in a Cirque du Soleil show there...some have chosen the movie industry. There's a lot of success stories.— Laurence Esteve, Zip Zap co-founder
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