Circus in Town
In light of the newest season of American Horror Story which involves a circus more or less a “freak show” as it is frequently called throughout the show. Lebanon aims to gain tourism by launching a new curcis called Circo International in the city of Karantina. Although some safety concerns have been raised.
Karantina Lebanon most commonly known for the The Karantina massacre which took place early on in the Lebanese Civil War on January 18, 1976. Resulting in the deaths of approximately 1,000-1,500 people, mostly Muslims. Is currently under construction in perpetration for the opening night of Circo International which is set to take place on October 25th Wednesday and continue through Sunday. The show will feature acrobats, clowns, contortionists and a ringmaster but, the real stars of the show are four full grown tigers. Tickets cost between LL25,000 and LL75,000 which translates to be between $16.50- $49.50 US dollars which I believe to be a very fair price.
“It is initiatives like this that carry the success of tourism in the country” Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon. Although safety concerns have been raised for foreign trainers and audiences alike. “As a foreigner I was told that I was crazy for coming to Lebanon because it was too dangerous” tiger trainer Terry Antonios told The Daily Star. However, after assurances from locals, Antonios said it became clear that it wouldn’t become a problem. Speaking about his expectations for the tiger show, the trainer said that audiences could look forward to “good-looking happy animals that will thrill them.”
I am all about a good show, while I am slightly terrified of clowns after watching the first two episodes of the newest season of American Horror Story (AHS), the Atlantic Circus sounds like it’s going to be a real hit. Although I do believe that safety should not be a huge concern to foreigners I do wonder what kind or if any precautionary procedures will be implemented to insure the safety of the foreign trainers and audiences. I would hate to see such a light hearted event go terribly wrong. But as they say in show biz the show must go on!