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Ludlow Circus Awarded Funds for Midwest Shows

Circus Mojo will host the kickoff celebration for "Wunderbar Together", a year-long celebration in collaboration with the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Goethe Institute.

The institute granted the Ludlow-based circus, founded and operated by Paul Miller, more than 31,000 euros to bring circus shows across the Midwest.

The Wunderbar Together initiative is working together with over 200 partners to hold events in all 50 states painting a picture of everything German-American relations stand for, including science, the arts, culture, language, business, and sports, a news release said.  

"The World Trade Center Kentucky is very excited to see initiatives like Wunderbar Together in our state and proud of Paul Miller for his innovative endeavors. This is a great way to bring international awareness to Kentucky and to get our community more involved in the culture and entertainment industry,” said Ed Webb, president and CEO of World Trade Center Kentucky.   

For eight years Circus Mojo has partnered with the IJGD, a voluntary youth service program in Germany that has been sending talented young adults to Ludlow to aid in community development via circus. Kerstin Thürnau, a member of the IJGD management team, will be speaking prior to the circus show.

The Social Circus Foundation and Circus Mojo have hosted circus artists and coaches from 34 nations, including Antigua, Australia, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Germany, Israel, Indonesia, Mexico, Malaysia, Sudan, and Suriname.  

The Kentucky Peace Corps Association has already donated toward matching funds. 

"I am honored that the Kentucky RPCV community recognizes the amazing work you are doing at Circus Mojo and The Social Circus Foundation which fits perfectly into our third goal as Returned Peace Corps Volunteers," said Naashom Marx, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. "Over the years I have seen you welcome people from all nations with an open heart. I’ve seen Circus Mojo actively and passively promote understanding and acceptance amongst so many with different backgrounds and from different nations. 

"Circus Mojo and The Social Circus Foundation truly is a gem we need to tell the world more about. As a Kentucky native - thank you for making our lives and community more interesting."

The Wunderbar Together kickoff aims to raise funds to match the funds granted to Circus Mojo for the tour. The event will feature food, craft brews, and a circus show featuring circus students from Ludlow School and a finale by the Circus Mojo Troupe.

Each ticket for the event will include food by Mick Noll’s Catering and 2 drink tickets for craft brews from Bircus Brewing Co.

It is set for Monday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Ludlow Theatre (322 Elm Street, Ludlow).

-Staff report

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