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We had a roaring start to Circus City last week with sold out shows and standing ovations aplenty. This week, we have some real treats in store for you…


Suitable for complete beginners, Swing Circus will have you jiving and jitterbugging in no time. Featuring a jam-packed programme of workshops, cabaret shows, circus performances and evening dances, you can learn from the best in the business including choreographers from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Tickets: (click for link)The Trinity Centre. Friday, October 20th to Sunday, October 22nd. Tickets from £13.


Lavrak by Ellie Smart 222

What does success means, how it is measured? How does it drive us and what lengths will we go to in order to appear successful?
Dance, music, circus and text combine in this show to break down personal and social standards. Questioning the stories we tell about achievement and expressing the resulting notions of jealousy, pride and notoriety whilst highlighting just how absurd they really are.

Tickets (click for link): Wednesday, 18th October and Thursday, 19th October. Jam Jar. Tickets from £8 


Enter the velvet world of cabaret in 1920s Vienna for an evening of poetic jazz and aerial performance infused with the smoky tones of French chansons and old school rock ‘n roll. Finnish aerialist Ilona Janti and singer-songwriter Aino Venna surround the audience with a mixture of sultry songs and sophisticated choreography that will linger in your memories for months to come.

Tickets: (click for link) Circomedia. Thursday, October 19th to Sunday, October 21st. Tickets from £13.


The Bekkrell Effect photo Massao Mascaro__3

Risking it – with Circus City and Groupe Bekkrell. Following the cancellation of The Bekkrell Effect, Circus City and Bristol Old Vic invite the audience to a panel discussion including artists from Groupe Bekkrell and Circus City Co-Director Lina B. Frank.

The panel will discuss elements of risk in circus performance.  How is circus different from other artforms in terms of risk? What does a cancellation such as this mean for the artists, festival and theatre? How does the circus sector work to minimise risks of injury and cancellation?

Tickets: (click for link) Wednesday, October 18th 19:30. Bristol Old Vic. This event is free but tickets must be reserved via Bristol Old Vic box office.