ZipZap Auction

This Zip Zap Auction site allows you to browse all the auction lots available at our live Auction event on Sunday, 16th May 2021. Please note that you are no longer able to bid online, however you can elect a proxy to bid on your behalf at the live event.

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Welcome to the Zip Zap Auction brochure site where you can browse through our collection of incredible experiences and treasured collectables, prior to the live event.

 Should you wish to attend the Live Auction Event on Sunday, 16th May 2021 @ Cape Heritage Square at 2pm – please complete this booking form, or email us here. 

If you are unable to attend the live event, but still wish to bid on an item or experience you fancy, we invite you to select a proxy to bid on your behalf.  Email us here.

Live Auction 16 May 2021

It’s happening – Sunday, 16th May 2021 at the Cape Heritage Hotel.

We look forward to hosting you at this much-anticipated annual event where loyal and like-minded Zip Zap activists gather and, through their collective philanthropic action, create change and a new world of opportunities for 2000 youth-at-risk.

Join us on the Zip Zap journey.

Be entertained. Be amazed. Be together. Be the change you want to see.

About Zip Zap

Zip Zap Circus is a social project in Cape Town that uses the medium of circus arts, as a powerful tool for youth development and social transformation. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps kids to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality.

Our mission is to provide ordinary children and youth at risk with the resources to develop both performance and life skills that enable them to develop as young leaders, good citizens, ambassadors for South Africa and to become eminently employable.

Zip Zap is not only about learning circus skills. It is also about learning life-skills. Our beneficiaries leave Zip Zap as independent, economically self- sustainable individuals, who have confidence in themselves and in each other, knowing that their circumstances need not define them, nor shadow their bright futures.

Kids, who began as six-year-olds swinging from a trapeze tied to a tree, are now professional performing artists working in Europe and North America. Young people who grew up on the streets are now skilled and valued artists and technicians in the entertainment and film industries. Best of all, these kids have become teachers themselves. They are ambassadors and role models for others and a reflection and microcosm of a Rainbow Nation.

Zip Zap’s programmes are offered free to participants, with financial support garnered from individuals, foundations, and corporates. Beneficiaries from the Zip Zap programmes regularly perform in world-class shows locally and internationally. The proceeds from these performances in turn fund the professional training and is pivotal to the sustainability of Southern Africa’s largest social circus.

The programmes impact an average of 2000 beneficiaries every year yielding
the following outcomes:

Health and fitness benefits

Social cohesion across diversity

Improved resilience & discipline

Increased sense of belonging

Professional employment

Performance art skills development

Pro-social behaviour improvement

the Zip Zap Story

Zip Zap was founded 29 years ago by South African born, Brent van Rensburg and his French wife, Laurence Estève.

After performing as circus artists around the world, this dynamic pair arrived back in South Africa when the country was at the height of political instability.  Instead of packing their bags, they decided to start Zip Zap Circus to be part of the solution in South Africa.

Their dream was to use the circus as a tool to bridge gaps and to inspire young people to help build a new culture of peaceful co-existence in South Africa, inspired by the late Nelson Mandela.

Founded in 1992, Zip Zap is now recognized across Governments, Ministries of Education, Tourism, Arts & Culture and private societies, as a major contributor to the development within the iconic ‘Mother City’ and providing sustainability of the circus arts in South Africa.

As the Zip Zap story was founded on an initial love story between the two co-founders, so it continues to unfold as one.  The love can be felt in every corner of this extraordinary social circus. It is felt on stage, on the training ground, in all its programmes and between each and every beneficiary, alumni, international intern, board and audience member.  Once they join the Zip Zap family, they are embraced by a sense of belonging, that lasts a lifetime.

An extraordinary success story that started as a simple dream, a tree, a trapeze bar, and an old truck.  Now Zip Zap makes dreams come true for youth in our society that don’t have equal socio-economic opportunities or a space in mainstream education.  Zip Zap continues to touch the lives of all who pass through its doors.

Zip Zap In numbers

Students per year

Audience Members in 2019

Shows in 2019

International Tours

All proceeds from this much-anticipated auction are utilised to fund Zip Zap’s youth and outreach programmes inspiring and equipping kids for life.

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