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Circus City Bristol UK’s Biggest Celebration of Circus

Circus City Bristol:

Circus City will be hitting Bristol next week. It’s the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary circus and will bring an international programme for all ages to the city.

Among the companies taking part are Jäntti&Venna from Finland, Sarah Houbolt from Australia and Bristol-based performers including Circus Next Laureate Laura Murphy – the first Brit to be selected since 2012.

Acts will include performances featuring aerial ropes, interactive clowning and acrobatics for young children, a satire based on race and sexuality and a performance inspired by banned 30’s film Freaks.

Circus City Bristol Can't Sit Still Circus
Plink and Boo by Can’t Sit Still takes place on October 28 and 29 at Emerson’s Green Village Hall

During the event, there will also be a series of workshops, masterclasses and talks.

Festival director, Kate Hartoch says: “Circus City 2019 will offer shows from all over the globe: from suggestive satire for adults to interactive play for children; from social comment (with juggling) to activism and from audacious aerial acrobatics to risky ropework.

“Look out especially for a Finnish world premiere; exceptional work from an Australian Paralympian, acoustic and visual surprises from Belgium and clever blendings of circus with other art forms, both from established and emerging UK companies. Our hope is that there is something for everyone and that audiences will take a risk and jump right in.”

Circus City runs from Thursday 17 October to Saturday 02 November 2019, with performances running at venues including Circomedia, Trinity Centre, Emerson’s Green Village Gall, Unit 15, 1532 Theatre and The Wardrobe Theatre.

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