National Circus Festival announces first line-up of Artists

AAR Casus Creations presents You & I photo by Kate PardyAfter a sell-out event in 2022, the National Circus Festival is set to turn Mullumbimby Showground into a circus wonderland from 4 – 6 October with the country’s best circus artists delivering a world-class program packed to the rafters with good times.

Imagine three days filled with thrilling circus and cabaret shows, live music, delicious food, engaging workshops, and a grand big top. It’s a perfect opportunity for a fun-filled staycation!

The first announcement of artists on the 2024 National Circus Festival line-up includes: all female powerhouse company Yuck Circus with their new work Deadset – an all-Aussie, Rock and Roll show with an ode to all things Kath and KimBondi Rescue, and the Aussie larrikin; and the internationally acclaimed circus company Casus with their show You & I.

A collaboration between National Circus Festival founder and circus legend Tony Rooke, juggler extraordinaire Joel Salom and international circus stars and Spaghetti Circus alumni Bridie Hooper (Polytoxic, Reuben Kaye, Circa) and Billie Wilson-Coffey (Circa) called Small Wonders by Rooke.

A charming kids slapstick show Fritz directed by Clare Barthomelow (Die Roten Punkte) featuring clown Emile Bloom and an eccentric disappearing rabbit. This first announcement of artists is just a taste of things to come with the full program to be announced 21 August 2024

National Circus Festival’s Director Alice Cadwell said after the run-away success of the 2022 event, the team are looking forward to putting on a fabulous 2024 festival. “We are dedicated to celebrating community with a jam-packed program that’s affordable and has something for everyone,” said Cadwell.

“The 2024 National Circus Festival takes circus to the next level with quality shows, giving opportunities for our emerging circus stars to present new work, while showcasing established artists travelling from across Australia to share full length-works fresh off national tours.”

The National Circus Festival hosts a dual program with two distinct streams, including a five-day National Training Program from 29 September – 3 October, assembling the nation’s best circus artists in one location to train, collaborate and develop existing works.

Following the training program, the weekend of 4 – 6 October will see the National Circus Festival go into full swing, with a multi arts program of more than 100 events set to take place in multiple venues at Mullumbimby Showground.

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Image: Casus Creations presents You & I – photo by Kate Pardy