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Fighting Back, The Survival of The National Circus Festival [in Australia] – [ArtsHub]

Last held in the Mullumbimby showgrounds in 2017, the National Circus Festival is making a welcome return after a five-year absence.

Cancelled due to Covid in 2020, then again in 2021 just as the final program was going to print, the National Circus Festival (NCF) subsequently had its festival site flooded not once, but twice, in February 2022.

These have been immensely challenging years for the NCF, and both its revival and survival has owed much to the resilience and perseverance of the local community, as well to loyal circus artists and companies and to the solid support of the wider arts community.

Creative Producer of Spaghetti Circus, and National Circus Festival Director, Alice Cadwell, told Arts Hub: ‘The cancellations had a massive effect on us, but it also meant that our 2022 program is all the richer for it.

‘The benefit of the Covid cancellations was the ability to apply for RISE funding in 2021, which we were able to roll over to this year. We now have more artists supported and a larger program which is really exciting.‘

She continued: ‘We maintained our connection with all of those artists from the 2020 and 2021 programs, so that 2022 is a beautiful combination of artists fielded from both festivals. It’s been a long time brewing this particular cup of tea!’  … link to full length article at ArtsHub