A fond farewell…

Dear Bristol friends and colleagues,

It has taken me a little while to write this. Yes, I’m leaving Circus City Festival.
I have loved working in our great city the last 10 years, but it’s time to move on to European pastures new.

The UK voted Brexit and unfortunately that makes life quite difficult for some of us.

I’ve been Co-Director together with Kate the last 5 years and it’s really been an absolute pleasure. What Circus City has achieved with the support of funders, partners, artists, colleagues, volunteers and audiences in a very short amount of time is truly remarkable. Thank you for this vote of confidence!

The spirit of can do and collectivity of Bristol is rare and beautiful.

As much as Brexit is quite depressing not all stories end in tears. I’m currently working with two international networks; being Coordinator of Baltic Nordic Circus Network (BNCN) and Partnership Manager for Trans Europe Halles (TEH). So keep in touch!

See you on the continent!

With love,

Lina B. Frank

Co-Founder of Circus City


Image by: Jonas Persson


That’s a wrap!

After a brilliant two weeks with over 85 events in 20 venues our biennial festival has come to an end for this time! It’s wrap from Circus City for another two years!

We have so many people to thank for making this year’s festival such a resounding success – all of the performers, audiences, volunteers, crew, sponsors, funders and venues.
Much more on that over the coming days but for now a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone involved!

We couldn’t have done it without you.

We want to ask everyone who came to a show or an event in Circus City 2017 to fill in our short audience survey which allows us to report back to our funders about the work we have done and include your thoughts!
There is a price draw for voucher price of £50 for one person to win for those of you who complete the survey before 12th of November! The voucher can be used in a variety of shops.


Announcing our Bristol Cabaret Commission!


We are pleased to announce that the Bristol Cabaret Commission is going to Amy Nicholls!

‘I am really excited to be working with Circus City on this unique cabaret! Come along to see us make complete fools of ourselves!’ – Amy

Bristol based company Lavrak present an interactive comedy cabaret, subtly referencing and celebrating the Bristol culture.

Cirque Du Sillé is a circus show full of mesmerising tricks and stylish quips, each act bursting with character. The range of skill spans from burlesque to ballet and from aerial to acting.  With a comedian compare who seamlessly seals the show together with his witty commentary, developing a relationship with the audience as he auctions off the performers on ebay. Interact or just react to this fun and flirty phenomenon.

Amy’s cabaret event will be showing at Faith Space chapel in central Bristol Redcliffe area – a stones throw from the centre adding another venue to our long list of partners in the city.

BOOK A TICKET and visit the event listing! 


Style, comedy and circus all rolled into one; and so cleverly tied together. I wish I could see it again.’ – Audience member

Performers: Lucinda Zimmer, Emma Catherine, Ollie Jibb, Amy Nicholls, Richard James
Technical: Allie Humphrey
Assistant Producer: Molly Birnie

Company: Lavrak
Director/ Producer: Amy Nicholls

Image by: Jack Matthews


Call out: Circus Voices

Circus City festival is offering and opportunity to take part in a three-day development workshop from 19-21st October 2017, actively exploring critical languages around circus arts and ways to talk about work effectively. Places are FREE (limited capacity). The scheme is run by Kate Kavanaugh of the Circus Diaries in collaboration with Circus City.

Applications must be received by 30th September, but places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis as and when we receive suitable applications.

A full schedule of activity will be available after the application process has closed, and will include visits to The Bekkrell Effect (Thurs 19th), Longshot (Fri 20th) and Swing Circus (Sat 21st).

If you have any queries please email CircusVoices@bristolcircuscity.com.


To find out more about the Circus Diaries go to www.thecircusdiaries.com

Image by Groupe Bekkrell


CALL OUT: Bristol Cabaret Commission

Bristol Cabaret Commission 

Circus City would like to hand over a part of the programme within this years festival to the artists and makers of Bristol. This call out is open to artists based in the South West for a 2-3 cabaret performances in the Circus City official programme.

What sort of cabaret you want to present is up to you to dream up, we just want you to tell us what you want to do, for it to be connected to circus and we want it to be brilliant. The cabaret created can take any shape or form as long as it is conceivable and safe. You are very welcome to collaborate with other artforms than circus.

As the name suggests; This commission is for you if you feel motivated and inspired by our great city Bristol, the artists that live within it and you want to make something of that to share with our audience.

Support the commission includes:

  • Up to £2000-3000 commission fee
  • Producer advice and feedback during development and realisation.
  • An amount of production and marketing support to be agreed.
  • Box Office
  • Liaison with performance space

How to apply

1. Tell us what your idea by writing a short proposal (1000 words max).

Please include:

– information about who you are

– what kind of cabaret you would like to do and the other people involved/performing

– what support you will need

– total performance length including all acts (suggested 60-120mins)

– which audience group it’s for (general cabaret, fetish, family, niche interest etc)

– where you would like to do it – if you don’t know then what type of space

– idea dates between 12-29th of October

– links to websites and other information about you and your work.

2. Please provide us with an outline of the budget of how you propose to spend the commission fee. This does not need to be particularly detailed, but should give us an idea of how you are spending the money.

3. You’re welcome to include up to 5 still images of your work – please let us know which one you would be using as lead image to market the cabaret. Please do not send us DVDs or other physical objects.

4. Your phone number and email – you need to be available to speak on the phone at some point on the 12th and 13th of September

Please email your completed application to programme@bristolcircuscity.com with the subject line: [YOUR NAME] CABARET COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Please make sure the proposal, budget and any attachments are all in the same ONE email. You don’t need to submit all of the above, but the more the better. If you have dyslexia or a disability that makes the above difficult to complete in writing you are very welcome to send the info in a format that works for you.

Deadline for applications: 9.00am, Monday 11th of September 2017.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th of September 2017.

We’ll let you know if you’ve been shortlisted by Monday 11th of September end of play.

Image credit: Photo by Joe Clarke from The Invisible Circus Cabarets, Circus City 2015