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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | December 9, 2023

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Brisbane's Brand New Circus Festival

Brisbane’s Brand New Circus Festival
Alex Tickner

Cluster Arts present a brand new and exciting festival coming soon to Brisbane; CircFest Meanjin 22.

From the 21st of April to the 1st of May, audiences will be mesmerised with 68 unique performances across five of Brisbane’s best venues.

The festival will offer powerful physical theatre to radical drag, crazy clowns and breathtaking acrobatics.

The festival is providing two lucky Brisbane artists with an opportunity to create a 20 minute solo piece with creative direction from a director of their choice.

The festival is set to feature work from First Nations artists, as well as work from independent companies and Australian superstars of the circus world.

Circus has come a long way from the sawdust big top with a ringmaster whip-cracking tired lions through hoops. Australian contemporary circus is a modern performance artform of breathtaking human athleticism, raw emotional power, pure entertainment and sharp social commentary.

Directors of the festival have hinted at a world premier between two of Brisbane’s leading companies and a closing night not to be missed.

“CIRCFest22 Meanjin brings together a bold and ambitious program that celebrates circus in all its richly diverse forms – there is something for everyone. The prime focus is delivering a festival where artists are at the heart of every decision,” said Cluster Arts co-directors Deb Wilks and Kate Malone.

CircFest will host a number of forums and sector development opportunities in conjunction with the Australian Performing Arts Market.

Catherine Jones, APAM Director said, “The APAM Office is looking forward to partnering with CIRCFest Meanjin in 2022, connecting artists, presenters, and producers nationally and internationally with Australia’s thriving circus and physical theatre community.”

Cluster Arts is a global conduit for Australian Circus & Physical Theatre who boldly seek opportunities to empower, advocate & elevate artists.

Person performing acrobatics

The details:

What: CircFest Meanjin 2022
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, Metro Arts, The Ron Hurley Theatre, and Kingston Butter Factory.
How Much: TBA