Cirque du Soleil celebrates 30th anniversary with free events and added shows

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      Free pop-up performances, cupcakes, and popcorn, as well as reduced-price tickets, will be served up as part of Cirque du Soleil's 30th anniversary celebrations in Vancouver on Monday (June 16).

      Mayor Gregor Robertson has even declared the date Cirque du Soleil Day in the city to mark the occasion.

      The company is currently mounting Totem at the giant blue and yellow tents on South False Creek..

      But anniversary events kick off on Monday at 8 to 10 a.m. at the Pacific Centre Plaza on the corner of Georgia Street and Howe streets, with Cirque staff handing out  cupcakes to commuters while local circus school CircusWest presents stunts.

      From 11 to 1 p.m. at Pacific Centre Plaza, events continue with the mayor proclaiming the day, and a free performance by Cirque du Soleil Totem artists, including the Hoop Dance artists and a number of other characters from the show. CircusWest will also perform again.

      Blue and yellow helium balloons will be handed out, each attached with a mystery envelope that will contain free tickets to the show or discounted ticket offers.

      From 4 to 6 p.m., CircusWest returns to perform while Cirque du Soleil hands out free popcorn to passersby.

      The celebrations continue the following Saturday (June 21), when Cirque hosts a free fireworks display following the performance of Totem, at around 10:30 p.m.

      To mark its birthday, Cirque du Soleil has added three performances to its Vancouver run of Totem in which all seats will be reduced to $30. The additional $30 show dates include Thursday (June 19) at 4:30 p.m., June 26 at 4:30 p.m., and June 27 at 4:30 p.m. For tickets and info on the special offer, visit