Abidjan, the capital of Cote d'Ivoire, playedhost to the second edition of the 'Intercultural Encounters of the Circus of Abidjan' festival to celebrate international circus.
The five-day cultural event welcomed some 48 artists from Japan, France, Morocco, South Africa and Ethiopia, with a prestigious guest the Cirque du Soleil from Canada.
In a bid to spread the little-known art of circus in Africa, performers were encouraged to hold events at local schools.
The festival also introduced a pan-African contest bringing together artists from Africa to encourage the creation of new circus troupes.
According to the organisers, "African circus will have its own...