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Acrobats bounce from Vatican to Fringe


The circus troupe that wowed Pope Francis with its jaw-dropping acrobatic feats is coming to Adelaide to perform in the Fringe festival.

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In 2016 the Black Blues Brothers were chosen to headline a Jubilee of Artists concert held at the Vatican, where they performed for 7000 spectators including guest of honour, Pope Francis.

Afterwards the pontiff described the five African acrobats as “artisans of beauty”.

“You sow this seed, the seeds that do so much good to so many people,” he said, referring not only to the group’s talent but its ‘mission of joy’ to teach circus techniques to youth.

The Black Blues Brothers performers learned their skills at Sarakasi, a social circus trust in Nairobi, Kenya, that was created to develop live arts in Africa and help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The group was ‘discovered’ by Alessandro Serena, a professor at Milan University and artistic director with leading Italian circus producer Circo e dintorni.

Alessandro brought the Black Blues Brothers to Italy and for the past six years the troupe has made a name for itself in Europe, performing to more than 250,000 spectators in 15 countries.

Making their Australian debut at the 2020 Fringe, the acrobats are set to delight local audiences of all ages with their daring feats which are performed to the rousing notes of the cult movie The Blues Brothers.

The Black Blues Brothers will perform at Gluttony – Cornucopia from Friday February 14 until Sunday March 15. For details of shows go to


Readers of The Southern Cross have the chance to win one of three double passes to see the Black Blues Brothers perform on Wednesday February 19 at 9.30pm at Gluttony.

To be in the running to win simply answer this question:

Who was the guest of honour at the Black Blues Brothers performance at the Vatican?

Email your answer, together with your name and contact details, by noon on Thursday February 13 to

Winners will be contacted on February 13.


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