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

We are currently looking for new board members to join the board of Handstand Arts CIO which manages Circus City.

If you would like to join the future of Circus City and Handstand please take a look at this PDF for further information and how to apply, deadline 8th March: Handstand Board Call Out (1)

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, 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 Festival is part of a larger project called Bristol Circus City steered by the BROCADE; 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 is currently supported by the Arts Council England Building Resilience programme, in partnership with the School of Social Entrepreneurs

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

Circus City Festival 2017 was funded and supported by;



Circus City main venue partners;



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

InvisibleCircusAusformCircomediaCirqueBijouTheatre Bristol


Circus City 2017 Media Partners;