New Festival Celebrates Circus Arts [in Australia]

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New Festival [in Australia] Celebrates Circus Arts

To be held in Brisbane in 2022, CIRCfest aims to develop touring opportunities for Australian circus acts here and overseas.

Internationally recognised as a circus city, Brisbane’s reputation will be bolstered with the addition of a new circus festival in April next year.

Running from 21 April to 1 May, CIRCFest22 Meanjin is produced by Cluster Arts in partnership with the international circus centre Tohu in Montréal. The festival is supported financially by Brisbane City Council and the Federal Government’s RISE fund.

‚ÄėThe first festival will have a really strong focus on Brisbane artists, and that‚Äôs been a decision based around COVID and making sure people are able to be in our state,‚Äô said festival co-director Deb Wilks.‚ÄėBut it will also feature the Victorian artists that we currently produce [at Cluster Arts] as well,‚Äô she added.

The participation of the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) will allow the festival‚Äôs productions to be streamed to an international audience of producers and presenters, explained co-director Kate Malone. ‚ÄėWe loved what APAM did in Darwin with their online platform and bringing together the Australian and international community,‚Äô Malone said, adding that the festival was about ‚Äėbringing together not only audiences but festival directors and programmers and venues around Australia‚Äô ….

Read the Full Article on ArtsHub by Richard Watts. 

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Main image: A performance at Club Briefs. Image © Lachie Douglas @somefx