Circus City is a biennial festival of circus in Bristol that
runs for 3-4 weeks in October.We aim to bring exciting and innovative
performance to the city, to showcase work by Bristol and UK artists,
support the UK circus touring circuit and to inspire our circus community.


The Circus City team are:

Kate Hartoch :  Co-Artistic Director
Lina B. Frank : Co-Artistic Director
Theatre Bristol : Executive Producers
Marie Faucher : Assistant Producer
Edward Rapley : Dash Manager
Aisling Mustan : Marketing Manager
Daniel Prosser : Box Office Manager
Chris Swain : Production Manager


The festival dates for 2017 are 12 – 29 October

Launched in 2015, Circus City Festival followed in the footsteps of the
2013 Bristol Circus Festival held in a Big Top in Bristol’s
Creative Common. In 2015 the festival restructured to a new model
and saw over 50 events happen in over 15 venues over 4 weeks.

Bristol is a hot spot for circus with an abundance of performers choosing
to live and work here, study at Circomedia, train in one of the many
training spaces and make shows.

Circus City Festival is part of a larger project called Bristol Circus City
steered by is the Bristol Circus Forum; a collection of organisations
in Bristol who work with circus arts and champion its’ development
in the city and beyond. Circus City Festival is Bristol Circus Forum’s
flagship project. Working together to develop circus in Bristol, our
activity aims to strengthen Bristol’s Circus scene to realise the mayoral
ambition that Bristol be a City of Circus.


The members of the Bristol Circus Forum are:
Bristol City Council, The Island, The Island Training Space, Invisible Circus, Ausform. Cirque Bijou, Circomedia, Theatre Bristol

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Circus City Festival 2017 is funded by;