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Based in Quebec, Canada since 1984, Cirque du Soleil is described as a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment. It is recognized the world over for high-quality, artistic entertainment. By 2011 Cirque du Soleil has grown to feature 21 shows worldwide (9 resident shows and 12 touring shows) with performances in 300 cities across six continents.
The big top show runs in each city for approximately 4 to 6 weeks, with about 10 shows per week and a capacity of up to 2,500 spectators per show.
Council is currently undertaking detailed design of a portion of Tambawodli (Park 24) for its development as an event space during 2012/13. This project is supported by the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy which calls for the creation of a major event space with a strong multi-functional recreation focus at Tambawodli (Park 24). This site has been identified as the best option for a location for Cirque du Soleil.
Cirque du Soleil requires a hard surface area of 10,000 square metres that the big top is situated upon. This would be an asphalt overlay on compacted gravel. Another 10,000 square metres of trafficable surface (compacted gravel) is laid surrounding the asphalt to assist with pedestrian traffic and supporting infrastructure.
The proposed event site would comprise of a central big top structure with support marquees for a reception foyer, merchandise VIP tent and booking office. Additional infrastructure includes support vehicles, site huts, generators, fencing and signage.
To facilitate ongoing Cirque du Soleil touring shows coming to Adelaide, Cirque du Soleil will require the 10,000 square metre hard surface (asphalt or similar) to remain in place. The additional 10,000 square metres of temporary compacted gravel will be removed and remediated to grass after each tour.
The first big top touring show is currently proposed to perform in Adelaide from 5 December 2012 to 6 January 2013. It is proposed that the hard surface would be laid during the event bump in from October 2012. Cirque du Soleil will cover all costs relating to the construction (and its removal) of the hard surface.
Car parking for approximately 700 cars is required during performances. On-site car parking will be managed by Adelaide City Council’s UPark.
At its meeting on 22 May 2012 Adelaide City Council gave approval for Cirque du Soleil to be granted a temporary lease for a one-off event from 28 October 2012 to 1 February 2013 including set up and pull down time. In the event that a 10 year agreement including the permanent hard surface is not approved, Cirque du Soleil will be required to remove the hard surface and remediate Tambawodli (Park 24) to its previous condition at the completion of the event.
The development of the ‘Plateau’ area of Tambawodli (Park 24) as an event space is planned to be scheduled in stages around Cirque