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Image: Ockham’s Razor’s PUBLIC by Mark Dawson Photography

Circus City – the UK’s biggest festival of contemporary circus – will return to Bristol from Sunday 1 to Sunday 22 October 2023 with a city-wide programme of performance blending circus with music, film, theatre, dance and more. 

The full line-up for the festival’s 5th biennial showcase of work by local, national and international artists is due to be revealed online via on Saturday 29 July 2023.

To celebrate the launch of the programme, acclaimed Bristol-founded company Ockham’s Razor will be performing their new free outdoor show PUBLIC in and around The Podium crossroads at the centre of the Broadmead shopping area, on Saturday 29 July 2023 at 12 midday and 2pm. PUBLIC will feature a graduate company of 10 young acrobats, dancers, climbers and parkour artists, defying the marginalised position of young people in our public spaces and bringing the spirit of Bristol as a city of circus to the surface – as they make the city’s architecture their playground. 

“a jaw-dropping free show”

Manchester Wire

“a vivid spectacle”

British Theatre Guide

At the end of PUBLIC, young people and audience members are encouraged to join in with the show. The simple choreography will be shared over TikTok and Instagram and available in advance on Ockham’s Razor’s website. 


Dates: Sunday 1 to Sunday 22 October 2023

Performance & event times, dates, venues & ticket information: TBC on Saturday 29 July 2023 via


Tickets: Free, not ticketed

Date: Saturday 29 July 2023

Time: 12 midday & 2pm 

Duration: Each performance will be 35 minutes

Location: Broadmead Shopping Centre Central Podium, 39-43 Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3HB

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Ockham’s Razor is a partner organisation with artsdepot and The Lowry, Salford and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. PUBLIC by Ockham’s Razor is produced by Turtle Key Arts, in partnership with National Centre of Circus Arts. It is commissioned and supported by NCCA, The Lowry, Salford, Circomedia and funded by Arts Council England.

This performance of PUBLIC is presented by Circus City & Handstand Arts CIO and is being delivered as one of the activities under the City Centre and High Streets Recovery and Renewal programme, funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority’s Love our High Streets project.