Happy First Day of Circus to everyone!
On 9th January 1768 equestrian, entrepreneur and showman Philip Astley drew out a ring and
To mark the 250 years anniversary of Circus, several celebrations will happen in Ireland and the UK in 2018! See our article on Circus 250 Ireland - First Projects! for various projects happening in Ireland.
Our member, Circus250, is the Community Interest Company coordinating the celebration of 250 years of circus in 2018 in UK and Ireland. (Think Shakespeare400, but with a few feathers and a lot of fun.)
Today, the Six Cities of Circus and
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Picture: Lost in Translation Company performing in front of Houses of Parliament in London by Pete Maclaine.
UK LIGHTS UP TO CELEBRATE
FIRST DAY OF CIRCUS 250 YEARS AGO
Launch illuminations and Photo opportunity on Tuesday 9th January
#Circus250 Sir Peter Blake logo projected on to significant buildings throughout the country
The Great Yarmouth Hippodrome lights up to celebrate 250 years since circus was born
To mark 250 years on the day since the birth of circus the UK’s Cities of Circus – Bristol, Blackpool, Norwich and Great Yarmouth, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Belfast/Derry - are each projecting the Sir Peter Blake Circus250 logo on to a significant building on Tuesday 9th January:
Here’s where and when:
- Bristol, We The Curious, Anchor Road, Harbourside –
- Blackpool Tower Building –
- Norwich Castle in the city
centre, clearly visible from Castle Meadow, Norwich Market and City Hall – 4pmto 10pm
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, The Guildhall, High Street – from 4.30pm
- Hippodrome Great Yarmouth - Britain's last surviving total circus building – from
- Derry Walls, Opposite Guildhall Square, Derry - from
Federation's Third Anniversary Celebration at the Natural History Museum
In London, there’s a special circus performance at the Creative Industries Federation'
Speakers and Performance
- The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
- The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital
- Tom Watson,
- Karen Blackett, Chairwoman of MediaCom, the UK's largest media agency
- Kwame Kwei-Armah, Incoming Artistic Director of the Young Vic Theatre
- Ben McOwen Wilson, Director of Youtube, Europe, Middle East and Africa
- Anna Jones, co-founder of the UK funding platform, AllBright
Performances under the blue whale include circus strong woman and ISACS member Aoife Raleigh, aka The Heavy Duty Dame, and leading contemporary circus company Lost in Translation presenting Natasha Rushbrook performing "Handstand of Hope”. Students from Bradford College’s Special Effects department present a parade of their fantastical circus characters, from lion ringmasters to imaginary beasts, feathered
Keep an eye on the hashtag #FedParty for the highlights of the event.
More info here
Picture: ISACS member Aoife Raleigh
What’s happening in 2018 to celebrate Circus250 in the UK and Northern Ireland?
Sensational circus events will be taking place across the UK throughout 2018, focused
These Six Cities of Circus – Bristol, Blackpool, Norwich and Great Yarmouth, Newcastle-under-Lyme, London, Belfast
Sir Tony Robinson,
In Bristol, home to more circus companies than any other British city:
The Royal West of England Academy Circus250 exhibition ‘Sawdust and Sequins’ opens in March – an extraordinary collection of contemporary circus-inspired art, accompanied by
The Lord Mayor’s Celebrations features a circus parade with life-sized elephant puppets winding through the streets in July and ‘Famished’, the new show by Norwich-based Lost in Translation, opens. The Hippodrome is producing four
In Newcastle-under-Lyme, the New Vic Theatre will lead celebrations of this amazing
The New Vic will also bring national and international companies to the town for the celebrations including NoFit State circus to premiere their new in-the-ring show ‘Lexicon’ under their big top in March; Circolombia – the inspirational Colombian circus company, and the Victoria and Albert Museum to present an outdoor exhibition all about the history of circus. NoFit State circus premieres their new in-the-ring show ‘Lexicon’ under their big top in March.
The Philip Astley Project will host a series of events and talks about circus’s founding father.
More info and events: here
In Blackpool, home of the Tower Circus staging shows since 1894:
The town comes alive with circus celebrations, from the traditional Tower Circus to the cutting edge Grundy Gallery.
In Derry and Belfast, throughout the Troubles circus schools were places where the two communities met to create great work: