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ACAPTA - Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association

Wishing our members a safe and happy Festive Season...

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of our wonderful members and supporters a very happy and safe festive season. We've had another enormous year and we are truly grateful for your contributions. We couldn't do it without you!

The ACAPTA office will close on Friday 13th December and open again on Monday 20th January 2014.

Please enjoy our final edition of Access All Areas for 2013 and we'll see you in the New Year!

Gail and Ang. x


Join ACAPTA before 16th December!

You should all have received your membership reminder emails recently so if you haven't yet renewed, then please do so before Monday 16th December 2013 to be in the draw to win some great member’s rewards and make a difference to the world of Australian Circus & Physical Theatre!



2014 National Youth Circus Symposium


The National Youth Circus Symposium will be hosted by Cirkidz in 2014. We suggest that you book your flights and accommodation AS SOON AS POSSIBLE because it is festival time in Adelaide and beds are in short supply!

We will be announcing more details and opening bookings for this event soon so  stay tuned for more updates.


What's on

Circus Showcase 2013 [NICA]

MELBOURNE: 27th November – 7th December 2013

The future of contemporary Australian circus can be seen right now. Circus Showcase 2013 invites audiences to take an exclusive peek at the country’s finest up-and-coming circus stars. The cast comprises final year students about to graduate from Australia’s only Bachelor of Circus Arts. MORE INFO...


FUN FEST – Circus and Physical Comedy Festival

BENDIGO: Saturday 7th December, 2013

Presented by Varietyville Productions and Bendigo City Council, FUN FEST, promises to deliver some the most exciting World Class Street Performances ever seen in Australia, an action packed day of fun family-friendly entertainment. READ MORE...


Ladies Lounge’ Cabaret [Vulcana Women's Circus] – Fundraiser

NEWFARM QLD: Sunday 8th December 2013

Vulcana’s final ‘Ladies Lounge’ Cabaret for the year! A night of entertainment that will make you smell the roses.
Be entertained by a fabulous line up of artists including Rachael Gibson,Heru C Pinkasova, Candy Bowers, Derek Llewellin just to name a few. READ MORE...


End of Year Showcase
[WA Circus School]

FREMANTLE WA: 7th & 8th December 2013.

The WA Circus School is hosting its ‘End of Year Showcase’ for 2013, exhibiting the talents and skills of all our students across three performances. Performed by the students of the WA Circus School. READ MORE...


Christmas Cabaret [Flipside Circus]

BRISBANE: Friday 13th December 2013

Flipside's nationally and internationally acclaimed artists will impress you with incredible acrobatics, impossible contortions and jaw dropping trapeze work. Their artists have toured the world and have received numerous rave reviews so this event is not to be missed. The facility will be transformed into a sophisticated lounge venue, with a splash of Circus flavour. READ MORE...


Knee Deep [Casus] – French Tour

FRANCE: 16th November to 20th December 2013

After a short stint back in Australia, visiting loved ones, training, maintaining, rehabilitating and taking part in the Mullum Circus Festival, Casus set off on their second big tour. READ MORE...


The Book of Everything
[Melbourne Theatre Company]

MELBOURNE: 27th November to 22nd December 2013

ACAPTA would like to thank the MTC for donating tickets to this beautiful show for our recent ACAPTA Fundrasier.

Funny and deeply touching, The Book of Everything is MTC’s Christmas treat for you and your family. This classic children’s story has been turned into an enchanting play for all ages. So bring your kids, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or even just your inner child, for a day at the theatre like no other. READ MORE...


Woodford Folk Festival 2013/14

WOODFORD QLD: 27th December to 1st January 2014

Woodford Folk Festival is always a big event on the Flipside calendar, and this year they have teamed up with 4 other youth circus companies to make it even bigger.

Cirkidz, Spaghetti Circus, Circus Arts Byron Bay, and Circa Zoo have accepted the offer to collaborate and over 30 young people will perform in 5 shows on the ‘Palace’ stage. Watch them tumble, juggle, stand on top of each other and defy gravity all for your entertainment. READ MORE...

Other great shows performing this year include; 3 is a Crowd, A4 Circus Ensemble, Alex Mizzen, Dandyman, Flipside Circus, and many more.


FORKLIFT [KAGE] – Sydney Festival

SYDNEY: 16th, 18th & 19th January 2014.

It’s the graveyard shift and three women find themselves in an industrial wasteland, willing to risk everything in their interplay with each other and a moving machine. Lyrical, intimate and dangerous, this breathtaking dance-circus performance work from the multi award-winning Australian company KAGE features contortion, aerial acrobatics, striking lighting effects and original music. Starring Nicci Wilks, Henna Kaikula and Amy Macpherson. READ MORE...


THE FAIRY SHOW [Dislocate]

MELBOURNE: 11th to 19th January 2014

With Dislocate’s trademark mix of comedy and acrobatics The Fairy Show manages to excite even the most cynical of older brothers! Set within the backdrop of The Village Green at CERES Environment Park. Ideal family entertainment especially designed for 0-6 year olds. READ MORE...


EMPIRE [Spiegelworld]

SYDNEY: 7th to 26th January 2014

Presented in Spiegelworld’s 700-seat antique spiegeltent, EMPIRE smashes the boundaries of circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque, reinventing the genres for a 21st century audience. Featuring the sexiest, most daring artists from across the globe, the show had its world premiere season in New York City during the summer of 2012, where it was the first tented show ever seen in Times Square. READ MORE...

Join ACAPTA before the 16th of December for your chance to win a double pass to the show on Tuesday 7th January 2014!


Cranked Up [Circus Oz]

SYDNEY: 1st to 27th January 2014.

Circus Oz sizzles back into the Circus Oz Big Top at Sydney’s Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour with their latest critically acclaimed show – Cranked Up.  Inspired by a construction site, Cranked Up is a tight and road-hardened production allowed to play hilariously fast and loose that features acrobats suspended from, and flying through the air around, the show’s centrepiece – a giant swinging steel beam. READ MORE...


2014 Western Australian Circus Festival

MARGARET RIVER WA: 25th to 27th January 2014

Every January, Lunar Circus host the Western Australian Circus Festival.  A 3 day event with shows running from midday to midnight each day.  There are circus, comedy, cabaret and theatre shows from around the world as well as music, great food, market stalls, several bars, and even a flying trapeze for the adventurous at heart. READ MORE...





2013 Wrap Up...

Wow, what a year it’s been!

Despite a year of minimal funding, we are very proud to have achieved an enormous amount thanks to the support of our members and friends.

Our recent Circus Sector Sesh was a huge hit and a report will be released in 2014 highlighting sector issues and how we address them. The ever supportive Richard Watts [of 3RRR and ArtsHub fame] wrote a great article about the day as well as a follow up article on the need for suitable venues. [Circus gets serious and Space shortage cramping Australia’s circus style]

We are still collecting responses for our Remuneration Survey, with a report due for release in 2014. If you haven't already completed the survey, please do so as soon as possible. The more responses we can collect, the more accurate the report.



Congratulations Circus Oz on winning Australia’s Best Arts and Business Partnerships – Creative Partnerships Philanthropy Program Award.

Huge Congratulations to Gravity and Other Myths! GOM caused quite a sensation at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year and as a result, are the latest addition to the Aurora Nova roster. They are currently organising an extensive world tour for the company starting in February 2014.


Theatre Kimberley seek EOI’s for 2014 Youth Visual Theatre Festival

The Theatre Kimberley Outreach programme is seeking expressions of interest for 2014 and the amazing Youth Visual Theatre Festival, to which their partners and friends are invited to participate in. This event will form a large part of their Outreach Programme for 2014 and will help celebrate the amazing things that your students have achieved as part of their programme delivery to your school over the last 3-5 years. READ MORE...


Westside Circus launch three new children’s story books.

Westside Circus is to launch three new children’s story books made with the art and design of three Hume playgroups who have been working and playing in equal measure with professional circus trainers and a visual artist to develop the artwork and stories for each of the books. Their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment will culminate with the Book launch and a showcase of circus skills by the 3 – 5 year old participants and their guardians from the City Of Hume playgroups. READ MORE...


Circa To Host Performing Arts Touring in Queensland

Award-winning company Circa will manage touring services for performing arts in Queensland for three years from January 2014...

Yaron Lifschitz, Circa Artistic Director and CEO, said Circa was  delighted to be given the opportunity to put its global expertise and local knowledge to the service of touring throughout Queensland.

This is a huge state with significant challenges of access, audience development and efficiency,” Mr Lifschitz said...

We take the responsibility of arTour very seriously and are dedicated to delivering the best, for Queenslanders, now and into the future.” READ MORE...


We encourage our members to support the Youth Arts Qld campaign.

We at ACAPTA would like to encourage our members to support the Youth Arts Qld campaign. Many critical and important youth arts companies including our very own Vulcana lost their core funding recently in the Arts Qld funding shake-up. We do not believe this is the way to build a healthy and accessible arts sector – so please support our colleagues by writing a letter of support. READ MORE...


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