Circus News

International Circus Awards Submissions Are Open! Who, What, When, Why & How to Apply

In exciting news for the circus sector, the International Circus Awards have been announced, opening for applications on June 1st. Beginning in July of 2021 a committee of more than 30 voting members from 15 different countries will adjudicate up to 200 full-length circus show submissions for this inaugural award event. The awards, produced and managed by The Contemporary Circus & Immersive Arts Center (CCIAC), encourages prospective companies to submit their show for consideration.

On June 10th, ICA will host an info session outlining the pathway to submitting a circus show for consideration in the awards. You can submit your show here! The application season opened on June 1st and will close on June 3oth.

Circus Awards

CircusTalk’s editor, Kim Campbell will join the voting committee along with a prestigious list of circus industry professionals. In addition to a host of original awards presented by the committee, there will be two special awards, the Audience Choice Award chosen by the general public and CircusTalk will present our Critic’s Choice Award.

Starting July 1st, the adjudication process will begin with the committee nominating and voting to award achievements in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Production
  • Outstanding Digital Production
  • Outstanding Performance by an Artist
  • Outstanding Achievement in Circography (Direction, Movement, Staging and/or Choreography)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy
  • Outstanding Achievement in Design
  • Outstanding Emerging Company
  • Community Impact Award

On October 2nd, the awards process will culminate in a pre-recorded digital ceremony filmed in the historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in downtown Troy, New York. The event will feature special guests joining remotely and highlights from the nominated companies and artists.

Apply today to be a part of this historic first event that will recognize the accomplishments and contributions of circus companies to the arts world and to raise international recognition of circus as an art form.