Adelaide Fringe 2018: Ethiopian circus Abyssinia granted visas to perform at Adelaide Fringe after cancelled shows

by Zelalem

PERFORMERS in an Ethiopian circus act forced to cancel shows at the Fringe due to visa issues have been granted entry to the country.

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams was due to perform at the Royal Croquet Club’s grand auditorium from Friday night.

However, six of the circus’s shows scheduled over the weekend were cancelled, after the immigration department last week asked all the performers to reapply for visas.

The show features Ethiopian brothers Bibi and Bichu Tesfamariam, who share their childhood dream of joining the circus, as well as “high-flying, contorting figures” and Ethiopian songs.

About 4pm yesterday the performers, who are spread across London and Ethiopia, found out 16 of 17 visa applications had been approved.

But the youngest performer was still waiting to find out it they would perform in Adelaide due to “paper work issues”.

media_cameraCircus Abyssinia – Ethiopian Dreams. Picture: Andrew Rees

The Department of Immigration told The Advertiser it did not comment on individual cases.

The group is expected to arrive by Friday for its first performance. They were previously scheduled to perform at 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

A Royal Croquet Club spokeswoman said to be safe the company needed to fly from Ethiopia to Adelaide, and then “bump in”.

“Friday is going to open with a bang,” she said.

“We have efficiently moved all the tickets … to a performance next week so no-one misses out. We hope that Adelaide comes out to really support them because it has been quite stressful for the company.”

After Adelaide, the circus will head to London for a six-week season.

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