Turkmen State Circus (Türkmenistanyň Döwlet Sirki) is located on Makhtymguli Avenue in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The capacity of the circus hall is 1700 seats. It is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture and TV and Radio Broadcasting of Turkmenistan. The circus was built in 1979-1984. The project of the building and calculation of its seismic resistance to earthquakes up to 9 points on the Richter scale was developed in the dissertation of the young Turkmen scientist Annageldy Bazarov in 1975 . The supervisor of studies is Professor B.Vasilkov (Moscow). The uniqueness of this structure is that the building is unsupported and has a scaly covering. A circus in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and Dushanbe (Tajikistan) was built on the same project.
Türkmenistanyň Döwlet Sirki
Түркменистаның Дөвлет Сирки
Magtymguly Ave, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Administered by the Ministry of Culture and Broadcasting of Turkmenistan.
Building project and calculate its resistance to seismic tremors up to 9 on the Richter scale was developed in the thesis of a young Turkmen scientist Bazarov Annageldy in 1975. Supervisor – prof. Boris Vasilkov (Moscow). The circus was built in 1979–1984 years.
The uniqueness of this construction lies in the fact that the building is unsupported and has a scaly coating. On the same project built a circus in Bishkek (formerly Frunze), Kyrgyzstan and Dushanbe (Tajikistan).
In 2001, the countries leader Saparmurat Niyazov banned circus performances.
In 2008, the new President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov lifted a ban on circus. Presidential decree established the State Circus of Turkmenistan, which was transferred to the old circus building, constructed in the USSR.
Reconstruction of an old two-storey building of the Turkmen State Circus was started in June 2008 by the Turkish company «EFOR». The cost of reconstruction was $17.9 million. In October 2009, the Turkmen State Circus was opened with the first presentation. The building has retained its unique architectural appearance and highly mosaic panels, but was faced with white marble and granite. Foyer, arena, spectator seats, circus equipment, cages for animals and other objects also fully updated. On the dome of the circus was set 16 meter flagpole with the flag of Turkmenistan.
In 2010 the school for training circus arts was opened.
The interior of the Turkmen State Circus at the beginning of a performance in May 2015
In 2012 the first foreign tour of the State Circus of Turkmenistan traveled to Minsk. In 2013, Turkmen circus won first place in Circus Festival Idol in Moscow.
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