Circus in Denmark
Circus Newsand What's On
Last updated : 16. March 2018
Denmark is a kingdom in north-western Europe, the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries. Denmark comprises of the Jutland peninsula as well as numerous islands in the Baltic and North seas. The principal islands, lying between Jutland and Sweden, are Zealand and Funen. Near the North American mainland, between the North Atlantic and the Arctic oceans, is the island of Greenland, home of Santa Claus and an integral part of the Danish monarchy. Greenland is internally self-governing. Excluding Greenland, Denmark has an area of 42,370 sq km (16,360 sq mi). The population of Denmark is aprox. 5,500,000. The capital and largest city is Copenhagen, on the island of Zealand, with a metropolitan area population of aprox. 1,400,000. Other major cities, with their estimated populations, include Aarhus (275,000), Odense (180,000) and Aalborg (160,000).
In Denmark we had for many years 3 large travelling circuses: Arena, Benneweis and Dannebrog. Circus Benneweis has not toured since 2015 but plan later to resume its long run, however probably not in 2018. Circus Dannebrog has not toured since 2016. Circus Arena is still on the roads.
Some youth organisation produces circus-performances with kids as performers, using names as circus Tvaers, circus Flik-Flak and circus Arcus.
A number of foreign contemporary circuses are frequent visitors to Denmark. Canadian Cirque du Soleil visited Copenhagen July/August 2001 and has later been back in Denmark with arena-versions of some of their shows.
Some German family circuses have some seasons tried their luck in Denmark without attracting much audience. However, present Danish rules regarding e.g. technical documentation for tent construction and security will make it very costly for foreign tent circuses to visit Denmark. The present rules are due to a tent collapse in 2013.
Since 1991 The Copenhagen Circus Building has only occasionally been used for the purpose for which it was built in 1886. Swedish owned Walllmans Nöjen took over the Circus Building in January 2003. Since the building has undergone a modernization. The old stables now function as restaurant kitchen and banqueting rooms respectively, while the elephant hallway has been turned into the artists’ wardrobe. Wallmans use the building for dinner shows with singers, dancers and a few artists.
The picture on the top of this page shows the
in 1953, when the famous clown Charlie Rivel was the main attraction at Circus Schumann. The photos at the bottom of the page show the three largest circuses in Circus Building : Circus Arena , Denmark Circus Benneweisand Circus Dannebrog.
News from Denmark
What's on (Calendar)
Facts about circus Arena
Facts about circus Arli
Facts about circus Benneweis
Facts about circus Dannebrog
Facts about smaller Danish circuses
Facts about youth circuses in Denmark
Facts about Danish circus collections
Facts about Danish circus families
Danish circus year in review
Survey of performers with Danish circuses 1969 to date
Facts about this page
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Circus Arena 2008. Photo: Per Krogh Petersen
Cirkus Benneweis 2005
Circus Dannebrog 2007