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We’re delighted to announce that Circus City has become the first major arts event to be sponsored by a cryptocurrency. Circus City was awarded a sponsorship package after being selected from a shortlist of projects by members of the Dash- Digital Cash community.

Dash is an open source peer-to-peer cryptocurrency that can be used to make instant, private payments online or in-store using a secure, open-source platform hosted by thousands of users around the world. Dash users voted to allocate the sponsorship in a democratic funding process that is built into the Dash network.

The Circus City bid was led by Edward Rapley, a theatre maker, artist and activist with a passion for economics and a love of the latest technology: “I saw there was a perfect fit between the principles of Dash and the vision of Circus City – they’re both interested in creating and sharing value, one monetary the other cultural.”

“Dash can solve banking problems facing the international circus community and Circus City can bring Dash to people outside the cryptosphere, so applying for sponsorship made complete sense.”

“The sponsorship means that Circus City will reach more people than ever before, bringing the excitement of a new and much needed technology into the heart of the festival,” said Edward. “Just as email has changed the way we send letters so Dash will change the way we send and spend money.

“We’re really excited about this sponsorship because Dash can be of great value to the circus community,” said Circus City co-director Lina B. Frank. “Many artists work all over the world, receiving international payments in a variety of currencies, Dash is an invaluable banking solution for them.”

During the festival you will be able to find out more about Dash first-hand from our dedicated Dash Manager Ed Rapley and his team. They will be at the hub 10:00 – 18:00 every day apart from Sundays and will help you install your first wallet, buy some Dash at a discount, register on an exchange, use Dash to purchase tickets, drinks and merchandise. If you have any questions at all about Dash or cryptocurrency in general they will be there to help.