VestaFire presentation on 2012SparkCircus Tour!

Circus entertainers brighten lives of refugee children


VestaFire Entertainment has been delighting Vancouver Island audiences with striking circus performances since the group formed two years ago.

Brilliant fire displays, beautiful costumes, stilt-walking dancers and feats of juggling with multi-coloured hoops have attracted rave reviews.

But there’s more to VestaFire than just entertainment, as founder Karina Strong showed last year when she spent two months in Thailand as part of Spark Circus.

This international group of circus performers comes together to bring joy to disadvantaged children in refugee camps, migrant schools, hospitals and orphanages along the Burmese border.

What made the trip even more special was that Strong was joined by her husband Kevin, and children Jenna, eight, who also performed, and Caden, three.

On Jan. 13, the Strongs will share their stories of this mission and the impact it had on their family in a multi-media presentation at the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.

The presentation is part of the regular Sunday service beginning at 11 a.m. in the Unitarian Hall, 595 Townsite Rd. All are welcome.

“It was an amazing trip, full of challenges, but also so incredible, with so many memories,” said Karina. “We had so many touching exchanges with children. Our being there let them know they have worth, and that their happiness is important.”

Jenna’s Blog #3

My Acts:
I have two acts that I perform. My day show act is called Honey Bee and my friend Jewelz helps me with it. We dance around and are dressed like cute bees. My friend Missy showed me the honey bee dance from back home. The kids here really like it.
My other act is my hoop act “raise your glass”. I have been getting better at hooping and have learned some new tricks.
I also can do the group act Americano if we are not using fire- the troupe uses palm candles and you light palmcandles on fire. I do not like using fire unless it’s on a hoop. I don’t do my hoop act on fire though because I can’t do my tricks with fire.
My LED act went really well because I did everything right. I did not mess up. I did a new trick in my act, I call it the hoop can can. It is when you put your leg up when you are doing around the world.