Performers

Children practise during a training session at a circus school in Havana. Inside an abandoned movie theatre on a noisy avenue in a working-class section of Havana, some 70 Cuban children as young as nine pursue their dream of joining the circus. The circus is a lucrative career path and a rare opportunity for Cubans to make real money on the communist-led island.

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Cuban children practise during a training session at a circus school in Havana, located inside an abandoned movie theatre on a noisy avenue in a working-class section of the city

Dancers participate in festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of "Onam" in the southern Indian city of Kochi August 29, 2014. The ten-day-long Hindu festival is celebrated annually in India's southern coastal state of Kerala to commemorate the return of King Mahabali to his beloved subjects.

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Dancers participate in festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of “Onam” in the southern Indian city of Kochi. The ten-day-long Hindu festival is celebrated annually in India’s southern coastal state of Kerala to commemorate the return of King Mahabali to his beloved subjects

Edinburgh Festival Fringe entertainers perform on the Royal Mile on August 14, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The largest performing arts festival in the world, this year's festival hosts more than 3,000 shows in nearly 300 venues across the city.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe entertainers perform on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland

 Dancers dressed in traditional costume perform dance under the colorful ornaments of Tanabata during the Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival on July 4, 2014 in Hiratsuka, Japan. Tanabata is a Japanese star festival celebrated on July 7 every year. People enjoy going out wearing traditional yukata robe and write their wishes on colorful paper strips to hang on bamboo trees.

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Dancers dressed in traditional costume perform under the colourful ornaments of Tanabata during the Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival on Friday in Hiratsuka, Japan

Robert The Bruce's army from The Clanranald Trust during a rehearsal for the Battle of Bannockburn re-enactment performance which will be staged at the Bannockburn Live Event in Bannockburn, the 700th anniversary of the battle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 27, 2014.

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Robert The Bruce’s army from The Clanranald Trust during a rehearsal for the Battle of Bannockburn re-enactment performance which will be staged at the Bannockburn Live Event in Bannockburn, the 700th anniversary of the battle

A young performer cries as she parades during the Bun Festival on Cheung Chau island in Hong Kong Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Bun festival, the Taoist God of the Sea, is worshipped and evil spirits are scare away by loud gongs and drums during the procession. The celebration includes bun scrambling, parades, opera performances, and children dressed in colorful costumes.

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A young performer cries at the Bun Festival procession on Cheung Chau island, Hong Kong. During the parade the Taoist god of the sea is worshipped and evil spirits are scared away by loud gongs and drums.

Performers re-enacting some of the events enter a public ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, at Amahoro stadium in Kigali, Rwanda Monday, April 7, 2014. Sorrowful wails and uncontrollable sobs resounded Monday as thousands of Rwandans packed the country's main sports stadium to mark the 20th anniversary of the beginning of a devastating 100-day genocide.

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Performers mark the 20th anniversary of Rwanda’s genocide at a ceremony in Amahoro stadium, Kigali, Rwanda.

Performers take part in opening ceremony for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics...Performers take part in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 7, 2014.      REUTERS/David Gray

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Students perform during celebrations to mark National Day in Taipei on October 10, 2013. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou on October 10 hailed a new trade pact with China as protesters hurled shoes and carried a mock coffin to oppose the deal and demand his resignation.

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Students perform during celebrations to mark National Day in Taipei on Thursday. In a speech on the same day, Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou hailed a new trade pact with China, while anti-government protesters hurled shoes and carried a mock coffin to oppose the deal and demand his resignation.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe entertainers perform on the Royal Mile as the festival enters its final weekend on August 23, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The largest performing arts festival in the world has been running for the past three weeks and has enjoyed an increase in venues and visitors compared with previous years.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe entertainers perform on the Royal Mile as the festival enters its final weekend on Friday in Edinburgh, Scotland. The largest performing arts festival in the world has been running for the past three weeks and has enjoyed an increase in venues and visitors compared with previous years.