Cycle Tour a new arena for Zip Zap

2017-02-28 06:00

In celebration of the Zip Zap Circus School’s 25th anniversary, CEO and co-founder Laurence Estève will be cycling this year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour to raise funds to continue transforming lives through performance arts.

For the first time Estève will be riding the cycle tour along with ten other riders from Zip Zap.

Together they share the goal of raising R100 000 to support the work of Zip Zap.

Estève founded the circus school along with husband Brent van Rensburg.

Having the vision of using performance arts as a tool for social transformation, Estève has guided individuals from challenging backgrounds to become professional performing artists working in Europe and North America. Some circus alumni are now skilled artists and technicians in the entertainment and film industries.

“Brent left the country in 1977 to go and perform in Europe. With no school degree and being able to speak six languages he found the opportunity of rigging the world’s highest flying trapeze. He wanted to give back and offer the same opportunities that he had. It makes us both happy to help kids and contribute to the building of our nation with our own two cents’ worth. If everyone puts in their two cents, the world would be a better place,” says Estève.

“Since Zip Zap’s inception in 1992, we have lived our mission of taking ‘ordinary’ kids (including youth at risk) and providing them with the resources to develop performance skills, with circus arts as a medium,” adds Van Rensburg.

To support Zip Zap, Capetonians can sponsor one of its Cycle Tour riders. By sponsoring a rider you and your family will be invited to watch the circus’ 25-year celebration show this year. The funds raised will go towards Zip Zap’s youth programmes, which are free to all participants. Contact Tania on 021 421 8623 or

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