Each month, Circus Talk will scour the globe to report on the hundreds of circus-based festivals and conferences that occur annually worldwide. This roundup highlights November’s best, most interesting and exciting events, from emerging festivals to the large professional gatherings from Ireland, France, Sweden, and Australia.
What: National Circus Festival of Ireland
Where: Tralee, Ireland
When: November 9-12, 2017
With a motto like “Just when you got your eyeballs back in their sockets….we are back!!” it seems like fun will be had. There is a parade, of course, and also practical skills workshops and even a workshop hosted by ISACS (Irish Streets Arts Circus And Spectacle Network) with this heady title ‘Critical Encounters with Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle’ in partnership with the MA in Festive Arts. After you have amped up your aerial skills and honed your inner circus critic , it will be time to attend a show. How about Sweden’s Svalbard Company’s All Genius All Idiot? There is also Roxana Küwen’s groundbreaking foot juggling act, Matt Ricardo’s physical comedy/dance/storytelling, Maleta company’s juggling manipulation and body work. For a full schedule, visit the website.
What: Australian Circus Festival 2017
Where: Blacktown, Australia
When: November 13-16, 2017
Billed romantically as 4 days under the stardust circus big top, there is a lot going on at this classic circus festival, including a photo exhibit, an animal welfare talk, a pet pageant and competitions for all levels of performer. There is a junior show called Stars of the Future, a community teen circus show, and the Deni Circus Fringe show to name a few of the sideline activities. Finally, on Thursday night, the Gold show will be run for all to enjoy.
On November 13th, after the premiere show, the Australian Circus Industry Awards will be given to outstanding efforts and accomplishments made by Australian industry leaders in contemporary, traditional and community circus arts projects of past and present.
What: Festival des Artistes de Cirque de Saint-Paul-lès-Dax
When: November 9-12, 2017
“Alchemy between art and technology is born circus magic. A magic shared by a public live performance, ever more numerous with around 12,000 spectators expected this year,” says the press release for the 18th edition of the Festival International des Artistes de Cirque Saint Paul lès Dax. They claim to be at the crossroads between classical and modern, which is an interesting place to be. The international festival spans 4 days and will take you on a circus journey with Russian jugglers, a French hand to hand duo, and 70 performers of 10 different nationalities. The festival is also hosting a clown costume exhibition by the distinguished clown; Rossano. The costumes come from Rossano himself, as well as the friends he made along his adventures as a circus performer.
What: 16th International Circus Festival Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Isère Voiron – Voiron
Where: Voiron, France
When: November 16-19, 2017
You will have no trouble finding this festival in Voiron, under a 3500 seat tent. This event was dreamed up by Guy Chanal, CEO of the Association of the Palais des Sports de Grenoble, in 2002 and claims more than 19,000 people in attendance. The international festival is dedicated to all expressions of circus; traditional and contemporary alike, and brings more than 80 artists from around the to the spotlight each year.
What: Subcase Subtopia Circus Fair
Where: Norsborg, Sweden
When: November 14-17, 2017
“What is a circus fair?” you ask. Well in this case, it’s a Nordic contemporary circus marvel. Subcase is a 4 day event packed full of circus activities such as performances, photo exhibitions, project pitches, seminars, recharging activities, and even a party. Last year 160 programmers, professionals, and journalists came together from 21 countries at Subcase. This is an event exclusively for programmers and producers of venues, performing arts events, festivals, agents, funding organizations and arts journalists. This year’s program includes Cirkus Cirkör, Gandini Juggling, Kallo Collective, Ellie Dubois, and more!