Surprise the (Piccadilly Circus) Circus is in Town

Today the streets of central London have been taken over by a pop up circus called Piccadilly Circus Circus. From lunchtime today until the finale at 8pm more than 240 international circus artists including aerialists, high wire trapeze artists, hula hoopers, jugglers, stilt acrobats, not so stilted acrobats, tightrope walkers, looserope walkers, acrobats, Chinese pole artists, Polish Chinese artists, aerial dance performers, contemporary clowns, musicians and the like will be around to distract shoppers and force you whip out your camera-phone and experience it all...

I caught the opera singers and drummers earlier today but events continue throughout the afternoon. The finale at Piccadilly Circus will be where French artists’ Les Studios de Cirque presents the UK premiere of Place des Anges. The piece is about a renegade group of angels who are drawn down to the Earth, and begin to shed their wings, and their feathers fall on the unsuspecting spectators below… With zip wires strung across Piccadilly Circus, it is likely to be a one of a kind event. If you can't get to it, or you are worried about feather allergies, it will be streamed live from the website at 8pm.

The event is part of Surprises, which is part of the Mayor of London Presents programme. It is free secret performances that have been popping up all over the capital this summer on the unsuspecting public... Enjoy it all while it lasts!

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