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Australian Circus Futures Forum - SAVE THE DATE!

We are excited to announce that ACAPTA will be hosting the Australian Circus Futures Forum in Melbourne over the weekend of Oct 11 & 12.

You will most certainly want to be in Melbourne this spring for this fantastic event. So put these dates in your calendar right now and stand-by for the launch of a seriously star -studded, jam packed program. Early Bird registrations will be open very soon.


What's on

Controlled Falling Project
[ThisSideUp acrobatics]


Set in a old-fashioned laboratory three scientists conduct tests on themselves, measuring their physical boundaries is a mysterious scientist and his curious instruments. Together they explore physics and challenge the laws of gravity. READ MORE...


[Long Answers to Simple Questions]

MELBOURNE: 4th to 7th June 2014

Winner of the 2013 Gasworks Circus Showdown. LEFT attempts to shrink the divide between audience and performers to create a show that is both atmospheric and fascinating, while still showcasing the immediacy of circus and human interaction. READ MORE...


Barunga Festival Circus Project [Flying Fruit Fly Circus & Skinnyfish Music]

BARUNGA, NT: 6th to 9th June 2014

Barunga Festival is the Northern Territory’s pre-eminent Aboriginal community, cultural, music and sporting event. This year sees young artists from Australia’s national youth circus present two exclusive performances with the kids and young people of Barunga School as a culmination of a five –week skills development program. This is the first stage of Flying Fruit Fly Circus and Skinnyfish Music building an ongoing long-term commitment to this community and the area. READ MORE...


Vulcana Women’s Circus AGM

NEW FARM, QLD: 15th June 2014

Vulcana’s members, supporters, participants and friends are decidedly invited to a stunning event, The Vulcana Women’s Circus AGM. Come and see the circus, enjoy the food and listen to four fabulous women discuss the vexing topic of women, empowerment and leadership and answer the questions how, where and why! Real or imagined, up front or behind, same or different, needed or done? READ MORE...


But Wait…There’s More [Circus Oz]

MELBOURNE, VIC: 18th June to 13th July 2014

Performed within a spectacular large-scale set inspired by an abandoned theatre in tatters, But Wait…There’s More accelerates to become a roller-coaster of infobesity, speed and choice-mania – it will be a punchy, exciting and funny vaudeville-inspired show for humans of all ages. READ MORE...


The Colour White [Westside Circus]

MELBOURNE: 19th to 22nd June 2014

The Colour White looks at recent media attention given to young non-Caucasian people apparently attempting to look more ‘Western’ by physically altering their bodies and asks, “Is this phenomenon is a product of a media over saturated with images that depict Whiteness as beautiful; or an inherently racist suggestion?” READ MORE...


Open Day [Circus Monoxide]

FAIRY MEADOW, NSW: 28th June 2014

Circus Monoxide is throwing open it’s doors to the general public in it’s annual Open Day. With workshops, performances, BBQ, Raffle and more it’s a fun day for all the family AND supports a new program CM is developing with local high schools to help youth at risk in our area. READ MORE...


Australian Partner Acrobatic Convention and Pre-Convention
[Spin Circus]

MELBOURNE: Pre-con: 23-26 June / Convention 28-29th June

A week of intensive professional development training by a selection of Australia’s leading acrobatic coaches, catering for those with beginner to advanced acrobatic experience. Workshops in Tumbling, Acrobatics, Partner Acro, Circus, Adagio, Cheer, Acro Yoga, Sports Acro and more. Learn, create and work on high level tricks with industry professionals from around Australia. The first convention sold out so fast so you should book as soon as possible. READ MORE...


Carnival of the Animals [CIRCA]

BRISBANE, QLD: 25th June to 2nd July 2014

A blend of circus and multimedia, Carnival of the Animals is a magical reinvention of the classic music by French composer, Camille Saint-Saëns, as there is no live music featuring in this production. Depicting creatures from land, sea and sky, Circa’s performers take children and their adults on a safari through the lives of the tortoise, the elephant, the kangaroo, the swan, the life aquatic and many other beasts. READ MORE...


The Fairy Show [Dislocate]
Burrinja Circus Festival

MELBOURNE, VIC: Friday 4th July 2014

The Fairy Show will have all fairies singing and skipping all the way home. Better still, with Dislocate’s trademark mix of comedy and acrobatics The Fairy Show will impress even the most cynical of older brothers! Follow the story of Fairy Smart, Fairy Snooze and Fairy Nuff as they try to grant some fairy wishes. Join in and learn the song that makes the fairy dust work and then go on a mad-cap journey to find the fairy dust that the naughty gnomes have stolen. READ MORE...


Circus by the Sea [RUCCIS]
Burrinja Circus Festival

MELBOURNE, VIC: 4th & 5th July 2014

Pack your thongs and sunscreen and dig out your old treasure map. Ruccis is inviting you on a summer holiday by the sea.
This year Ruccis Students are proud to present ‘Circus by the Sea’; a swashbuckling adventure that takes you from the sunburnt beaches to the depths of the deep blue ocean. You’ll meet adorable penguins, magical mermaids, pesky pirates and SHARKS! READ MORE...


ROUGE et BLANC – Circus Showcase 2014 [NICA]

MELBOURNE, VIC: 2nd to 5th July 2014

The annual Circus Showcase at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is almost upon us and the final year circus students are busy refining their graceful, dynamic and captivating acts. The showcase, titled ROUGE et BLANC, includes two distinct cabaret-style performances.  One called ‘ROUGE’ and the other ‘BLANC’. READ MORE...


Kaput [Tom Flanagan and Strut & Fret Production House]

WARRNAMBOOL, VIC: 5th & 6th July 2014

KAPUT, A hilariously funny mix of chaos, comedy and acrobatics for all ages comes to FUN4KIDS Festival in Warrnambool! Tom Flanagan, the larger-than-life, energetic star of Tom Tom Crew and Circus Oz presents ‘elegant buffoonery at its finest, climaxing in a surprisingly heart-stopping piece of acrobatics’ Three Weeks (UK). READ MORE...


Newman Sunday Series [Strut & Fret Production House]

NEWMAN, WA: 8th June to 10th August 2014

The much-anticipated Newman Sunday Series is back with free events taking over Boomerang Oval every Sunday. Presented by The Shire of East Pilbara & BHP Billiton Iron Ore, this year’s program will delight the whole family, with some of Australia’s best musicians, circus performers & comedians coming to Newman for the occasion. READMORE...


International Tours

INTERNATIONAL: 29th  April to 6th July 2014

Gravity & Other Myths (GOM) is recognised as one of the most exciting young circus ensembles in Australia, creating work that is highly physical, innovative and honest. Following on from their critically acclaimed and widely toured production Freefall, their latest offering, A Simple Space, has already attracted attention for all the right reasons. GOM toured Zimbabwe in April and are now heading off to Germany, USA and the UK. READ MORE...

INTERNATIONAL: 3rd June to 26th July 2014

Fresh from their European dates with Amanda Palmer and sell out shows in Edinburgh, Montreal and Melbourne, Berlin’s Prince and Princess of Indie Rock and Europop are in London to unleash their album ‘Kunst Rock (Art Rock)’. Fans of Spinal Tap and Flight of the Conchords, say “Hallo!” to your new favourite band. READ MORE...

PICTURED: Gravity and Other Myths.






And the award for Star of Festival at Brighton Festival goes to... Emma Serjeant!!

A huge congratulations to Emma on being nominated for two awards for her solo show JERK. Best Female Performer and Best International Act and winning the Star of Festival at Brighton! Well done Emma.


Congratulations to LA SOIREE! Winner ‘Best Unique Theatrical Experience’ by the Off Broadway Alliance.

ACAPTA would like to congratulate LA SOIRÉE for winning an award for its 2013-2014 New York City season! The Off Broadway Alliance, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off-Broadway during the 2013-14 season, announced the winners of the fourth annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards. READ MORE...


Congratulations to Trash Test Dummies, winner of the GASWORKS CIRCUS SHOWDOWN 2014!!!

And an extended congratulations to all of our members who took part in the Circus Showdown last week. 


WORLD CIRCUS DAY 2014 – wrap up

Pixi Robertson  |  14th May 2014.

Congratulations and sincere thanks to all those companies and individuals who, over and beyond the call of duty, once again leapt whole-heartedly into celebrating World Circus Day on 19th April, 2014. Events were staged in every state except NT (come on, you Territorians can do better than that!) and ranged from “come dressed as your favourite circus performer” to specially dedicated performances, open days, a pet show to a Circus Olympics; the list goes on. Read all about it on www.circusfederation.org and follow the links to World Circus Day. READ MORE...


NICA and Flying Fruit Flies join forces to strengthen circus sector.

Richard Watts  | www.artshub.com.au  |  Saturday 17 May, 2014

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between Melbourne’s National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) and the Wodonga-based Flying Fruit Fly Circus (FFFC), Australia’s national circus school for young people.

The newly-signed MOU will see both organisations working together to promote excellence in contemporary circus arts training and performance in Australia, and represents a significant new direction for both organisations. READ MORE...


Borderville, celebrating 35 years.

3-5 October, Albury-Wodonga

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is Australia’s most successful cultural community development project. Since 1979 it has changed the creative landscape of Australia and played a central role in the advancement of contemporary circus.

To recall its regional border origins in 1979, celebrate its current successes and look forward to the future, Borderville is a weekend of circus and performance at Circus HQ in Albury- Wodonga.

At the heart of an exciting program of exclusive and original performances is Nanjing 3, a thrilling return to the groundbreaking Nanjing projects that defined the early years of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.

More information and full program to be announced in August.

Any former Fruities who wish to join the party and contribute an act to the Flying Fruit Fly Circus All-Stars show should call 02 6043 0780 or email borderville@fruitflycircus.com.au


Circa set to hit the road

Contemporary circus organisation Circa has today been awarded National Touring Status by the Australia Council for the Arts,greatly enhancing its ability to bring joy and delight to a diverse range of metropolitan and regional communities over the next three years.

This announcement makes it possible for Circa to engage with more Australian audiences than ever before, particularly in remote and regional communities, bringing them the same quality of performance experiences that Circa delivers to 1,000s of spectators in London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Montreal and many other places around the world. READ MORE...


Audience Atlas Victoria - 2014

Audience Atlas Victoria was commissioned by Arts Victoria and undertaken by Morris Hargreaves McIntyre. It is the most detailed and comprehensive profile of arts audiences ever undertaken in Victoria.

Audience Atlas Victoria maps out the profile of the culture market in Victoria in detail, examining the demographic composition of Victorian arts and culture audiences, and also providing an in-depth insight into their attitudes, motivations and behaviour. Read the report.

Key findings of the report include:

  • 94 per cent of Victorians over 16 have attended at least one arts or cultural event or place within the last three years. In total, over 4 million Victorians are in the culture market.
  • Victorians spend $5.1 billion annually directly on cultural activities, or $421.5 million a month. Nearly half of this is spent on admission.
  • 74 per cent of this population live in Melbourne, while 26 per cent live elsewhere in Victoria.

Arts Victoria have launched Expert Arts

Arts Victoria have launched Expert Arts, a new professional and business development initiative for the cultural and creative sector.  Expert Arts aims to support artists and arts organisations of all sizes, across all art forms, by providing tools and resources for financial and business development, audience development, marketing, social media and professional networking – and much more. The Expert Arts program will encompass a range of initiatives including: Expert Events – an annual program of free or low cost monthly events, along with an up-to-date calendar of workshops and conferences being held by other organisations; Expert Insights – a portal to the latest research and resources on cultural entrepreneurship; Expert Opportunities – news about professional development and leadership opportunities, mentorships, fellowships and partnerships.  www.arts.vic.gov.au


Some interesting reading...

Last month, we mentioned a great project by John Ellingsworth [Sideshow Circus Magazine]. A downloadable version has just been launched. 'Deconstructing Circus' is an interview series with 20 Contemporary Circus Artists and Directors which features information on Australia's very own:  Sky Gellman and his project Mothlight.



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