The stories of a few provincial circuses in Russia are similar: difficulties with construction, lack of spectator and journalistic attention, interruptions with tours, misunderstanding by large cities – regional centers. But – only in the beginning. Small, seemingly doomed for an early closing of the circus, from year to year, proves to the skeptics of the capital that success depends not so much on the size and cultural life of the city, as on everyday efforts and inordinate, sometimes reckless optimism.
On June 8, 1939, a stationary circus was opened in the city of Stalinsk (Novokuznetsk) – a branch of the Moscow Central Office of State Circuses. The circus was opened by a group of animal trainers E.V. Durova.
In wartime, the circus worked very well. During the victorious summer of 1945 alone, the circus was visited by 300,000 spectators.
Later, by decision of the Government, permission was given to build a stationary circus in the city of Novokuznetsk. The first pile was driven in 1967.
On April 30, 1974, an Act was signed by the State Commission on putting the Novokuznetsk circus into operation, and on the same day the Novokuznetsk State Circus was opened. In the evening there was a circus performance “guys from the Arbat” for the builders of the “Novokuznetsk circus”.
The first Director of the circus was Yuri Samuilovich Shelkov, a respected cultural worker, already experienced in the construction of cultural institutions in the city of Novokuznetsk.
From 1973 to 1974, the former foreman of electricians Viktor Ivanovich Tishkov was appointed chief engineer of the circus, who in 1989 was appointed Director of the Novokuznetsk State Circus.
During the period from 1974 to the present, 266 different circus programs have been given. This period was visited by such honored masters of circus art: Nikolai Pavlenko, Mikhail Bagdasarov, Emil Kio, Viktor Tikhonov, Zapashnye, Filatovs, Avierins, Kornilovs and so on.
Since 2016, Alexander Anatolyevich Ishchenko has been appointed Director of the Novokuznetsk State Circus.
In general, circus in non-millionaire cities is a great rarity, in Russia there are only three of them – Magnitogorsk, Nizhniy Tagil, Novokuznetsk. Let us appreciate that in our city and very close there is this territory of magic, superpowers and amazing wonders.
Ulitsa Kirova, 70
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