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Local fire eaters hot

10 July 2014, 18:40
Fire performers in South Africa are gaining international recognition for pushing the boundaries of skill and danger.

South Africa seems to get a lot of bad press these days, with the world famous trial of Oscar Pistorius, the economic, social and political differences, etc. So I wanted to add a positive story.

I work for Juggling Inferno Fire Performers  and not only is it my job it is also a huge passion of mine.  I keep my eye on all the best fire spinners worldwide to see who is making progress and what countries have an active and progressive scene.

I have been observing for a few months now that the scene in S.A. is growing more and more active. I see more YouTube videos, more Facebook posts and more cool skills and tricks coming out of the SA fire scene.

This in my opinion is a great thing. Not only is it great for fire spinning but also for South Africa. If the country is facilitating an environment where alternative creativity can expand and grow then surely that must also be good for the country as a whole?

Now of course I'm not saying a few fire eaters are going to change the way the country operates (or is perceived), but I do think that the arts can play a very positive role in a country’s growth and reputation.  Like I said at the start of this piece, the press for South Africa hasn’t been that great lately and anything positive should be welcomed in my opinion.
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