Saturday, May 3rd – A Ghostly Circus at Laurel Hill Cemetery

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From the Anastenaria performed in villages in Northern Greece and Southern Bulgaria, to the Native American healing ceremony of the Sacred Fire, toLetuli Olo Misilagi and the Samoan Fire Knife dance; the addition of fire to performances and ceremonies has been a part of many different cultures for centuries. Fire dancing became popular in the United States in the mid-nineties and now this unique art form is coming to Laurel Hill Cemetery.

On Saturday, May 3rd, fire-arts performers will bring a ghostly circus to life. Somewhere between the clouds, the tombs, and Dante’s rings, the artists will find their stage evoking and encompassing the spirit of Laurel Hill with a dance on fire and in the air. This unique, other-worldly show will include: fire dancing, aerial performers, theatrical side-show, and a Dance with the Dead After-Party with DJ Michael Nighttime. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs, snack, and/or beverages and enjoy a picnic under the stars.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 3 at 7:00pm (with a prescheduled rain date of Saturday, May 10 at 7:00pm). Check-in is at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

The cost is $20/person general admission. Advance reservations are requested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online at

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