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 international 
performances to the city,
to showcase work by Bristol and UK artists, support the UK circus touring circuit,
to inspire our circus community and Bristol audience .


The Circus City team are:

Kate Hartoch :  Co-Director
Lina B. Frank : Co-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. 2017 also sees the launch of a new MA in Directing Circus at Circomedia.

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.


Circus City Festival 2017 is proudly sponsored by DASH – Digital Cash

Pop into our Festival Hub any day of the festival to find out more about this cryptocurrency, download your own wallet and use Dash at our festival bar or email dash@bristolcircuscity.com and talk to Edward Rapley our Dash Manager.

Circus City Festival 2017 is funded and supported by;



Circus City main venue partners;



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 Media Partner;

Circus City is a member of Bristol Festivals Forum