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 current Circus City team are:

Kate Hartoch – Director
Nicole A’ Court-Stuart – Producer
Lina B. Frank – Co-Founder

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 with Theatre Bristol as exec producers and saw over 50 events happen in over 15 venues over 4 weeks, 2017 saw around 85 events happen over 20 venues in 3 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 is currently supported by the Arts Council England Building Resilience programme, in partnership with the School of Social Entrepreneurs

Circus City festival is proud to have George Ferguson, Bristol’s first elected Mayor, as our patron.

George kicked off Bristol’s ambition to be a City of Circus in 2012 and has been an enthusiastic supporter of our work ever since


Circus City Festival 2017 was funded and supported by;



Circus City main venue partners;




Circus City 2017 Media Partners;



Handstand Arts is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, No. 1181762