Iceland’s first, and only, circus plans to embark on its second tour of the country this summer, and has chosen to try and finance the significant costs involved using a crowdsourcing campaign through Karolina Fund—Iceland’s answer to Kickstarter.
Sirkus Íslands plans to take three shows on tour this summer to the Westman Islands, Reykjavík, Blönduós, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Siglufjörður, ending back in Reykjavík again. Those helping to raise the hoped for EUR 13,000 are promised a free ticket to the show of their choice.
In 2013 Sirkus Íslands secured the country’s biggest crowdfunding pot to date, which it used to buy the country’s first ever big top circus tent. They then went on tour last summer, playing to 22,000 people—which is no mean feat in a country of 320,000!
The planned destinations this year are different, but the length of travel is just as extensive and the circus performers themselves are responsible for getting the massive tent up and down in each location.
The circus is not just about summer tours, as it helps budding performers to study their skills abroad, brings renowned circus performers to Iceland, and teaches enthusiastic children.
Sirkus Íslands does not use animals in its shows.
For more details in Icelandic and English, see the Karolina Fund website.