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Canadian governor general visits big top of Chile's Circo del Mundo

Canadian governor general visits big top of Chile's Circo del Mundo

Posted by Juan Gavasa on December 04, 2014

Canadian Governor General David Johnston visited Tuesday the big top of the Circo del Mundo, a Chilean NGO dedicated to promoting the modern circus that was created almost 20 years ago as an initiative of Canada's Cirque du Soleil.

Students of the Circus School, along with children and teens from the Mini Company, showed off some circus acts to the Canadian, who this Tuesday winds up his state visit to Chile. Alejandra Jimenez, director of the Circo del Mundo, thanked the governor general for his visit and urged him to include artistic matters on the agenda of economic, educational and scientific exchange that exists between Chile and Canada.

The Circo del Mundo was founded in 1995 in Chile as part of a joint project of Jeunesse du Monde and Cirque du Soleil, with the challenge of using the circus as a tool for social transformation and for helping for children and teenagers with social problems.

Johnston took an interest in the social reality of the young people taking part in the NGO and urged them to keep on with their circus careers. The Canadian met earlier with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, and this Tuesday was scheduled to take part in a forum on innovation and productivity, together with Chilean Economy Minister Luis Felipe Cespedes.

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