Circus City 2019 saw an array of international circus performance presented in Bristol alongside a professional programme of workshops, discussions and emerging work.

Circus City is England’s only festival dedicated to contemporary circus and we are proudly European. Internationalism is inherent to the circus world: in the travelling circus and in the lives that our artists live. The festival celebrates this cultural co-operation and creative sharing. 

The festival is managed by Handstand Arts CIO, a new organisation who are working on activities outside, from and alongside the framework of the festival.

We are over the moon that we have received Bristol City Council Imagination Funding and Arts Council England for Circus City 2021 so are plotting and planning behind the scenes to bring another vibrant programme of contemporary circus to the city.

Team Circus City

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 2019 was funded and supported by;


Circus City main venue partners;


Handstand Arts is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, No. 1181762