The Great Pakistani Circus, a first of its kind in Karachi, will kick off on Friday (today) evening at the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Sports Club.
With the aim of providing good quality entertainment to families, the organisers are set to make it among one of the leading circus performances witnessed the world over. The theme, ‘fun, thrill and magic’, is the mantra of the circus. The show will run twice a day for the next two months and will be able to house up to 3,000 spectators at one time.
According to one of the organisers, Ubair Rehmani, the show will be beyond the ordinary thrill that Pakistanis, in general, have experienced at a circus. “Usually the only kind of entertainment Karachiites are familiar with is about dining out at different places,” he said. “When it comes to circus, we only know them from small festivals and that too not in a good light. The aim is to bring it at par with international standards.”
Performers from Thailand, Ukraine and Russia have landed in Karachi and together with their counterparts from the Lucky Irani Circus group, 16 performances will be held in one show. From mesmerising aerial shows to displays of strength with iron to tricks of magicians and jugglers and limbo dances to dogs and pony shows, the performers will set the pace of the mood of the audience in every show.
TV personality and musician Nadeem Jaffery will be hosting the two-month long circus for which he has been given a complete ‘macho-man magician’ look with long hair and a beard. Tickets are available at the venue for Rs500. According to Rehmani, home delivery of tickets will also be initiated once the event kicks off.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2015.