The Western Australian Circus Festival, an Annual Festival Brought to You by Lunar Circus - CircusTalk

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The Western Australian Circus Festival, an Annual Festival Brought to You by Lunar Circus

The Western Australian Circus Festival takes place every year in January in beautiful Karridale, in the famous Margaret River region of south-west Western Australia. Festival founder Matt Yates (aka Fatso) first jumped into circus as a juggler around about 1989. Developing his skills as an acrobat and street performer, he went on to work as a trainer for the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, alongside exemplary Russian and Chinese trainers. He set up Lunar Circus 20 years ago in 1998 in Margaret River in Western Australia and trained his duo hand-to-hand act. As an older performer, he says he now prefers to focus on hand- and head-balancing, and finds these skills good for training.
Nadia Jade spoke to Yates, the festival director, circus trainer and visionary, and Louise Moss, executive producer and festival coordinator. Photo courtesy of Carnival Cinema Yates explained why he started the festival: “I’ve always wanted to run a festival, and just needed the land to do it. I was looking to buy my first house and this property came up. It was pretty rough, but it had a heap of sheds on it, and I just saw the potential.” The site was brought in 2002, and the initial few years required some seriously hard graft. The property had been set up as a cash-crop tree plantation, so the fir...
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Nadia Jade

Nadia Jade is a Brisbane-based creative and entrepreneur who works in and around the circus sector. She works for circus production company Cluster Arts and is on the board of Vulcana circus, as well as the force behind alt-arts review site, Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane. She first fell in love with circus watching madcap sideshow at festivals in the early 2000’s, and that remains her default happy place of choice.