irishclowns.jpgArtists from Ireland and South Africa will collaborate to create a show for children and orphans affected by HIV and AIDS in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Professional artists from Clowns Without Borders South Africa and Ireland (CWB) are collaborating to bring a circus spectacle to tour 20 schools/orphanages in 10 days in Creighton, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

With their suitcases full of the tricks of their trade, volunteer performers Simon Llwellyn, Caroline Abbot and Colm O’Grady from Ireland are performing with South African artists, Sussie Mjwara, Gavin Stockdon, and Mr. Fish. The team will be partnering with Sunflower Health Education and Life Projects (HELP) in Creighton. They will perform for over 6,000 children in marginalised rural communities. “We are thrilled to be working with our sister chapter from Ireland to bring laughter and emotional relief to children in Creighton,” says CWBSA managing director, Ms. Lulu Ngcobo, “It is a wonderful opportunity for cultural exchange while reaching those in need.”

In a province which has among the highest number of people affected by AIDS in the world, CWBSA works full-time in an ongoing project to provide psychosocial support through arts-based interventions to as many of their children as possible. CWB aim to create an environment where these children can be children again, to laugh and have fun together.

Clowns Without Borders is very grateful for the support of Culture Ireland, Europcar, the National Arts Council, and Rand Merchant Bank Fund in helping to fund this initiative.