Karaganda Circus

The Karaganda Circus is one of the most famous buildings in the city of Karaganda. The circus was built according to the project of Karaganda architect Alexander Georgievich Boykov. The building took almost 7 years and by November 1982 construction work was almost completed. The opening performance was on February 14, 1983.

The circus in Karaganda, more precisely, the construction of the building for it began in 1976. It turned out to be a long build as budget funds were spent on other more significant objects. But thanks to local enterprises and enthusiasts, the construction was completed and on February 14, 1983 the first performance took place there.

The architect of the project was Alexander Georgievich Boykov from Karaganda. Initially, it was assumed that the circus would be made on a standard model, as well as many other buildings throughout the Soviet Union. But the geographical features and detailed layout of the surrounding area (the circus building was supposed to form a single ensemble with the Oktyabrsky Sports Palace and a hotel with access to Central Park) played on the fact that the standard project was remade. The building itself turned out to be higher and with the following characteristics:

  • the capacity of 2000 seats;
  • the height of the dome is 18 meters;
  • the diameter of the arena is 13 meters;

Another distinguishing feature was gaslight advertising, located on the dome. In the 2000s, the circus has undergone major repairs. The facade and interior decoration were renovated, outdated equipment was replaced.

Despite the fact that the circus in Karaganda has existed for over 30 years, it does not have its own troupe. 

This means that besides circus performances in the arena, many other events take place in the building as well, such as:

  • major concerts;
  • colorful shows;
  • festivals.


Komissarov Street 45
100000 Karaganda

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