Circus In The City


Bristol's biennial Circus City shenanigans are back for over a fortnight of mind-boggling displays...

Circus City is returning: over 60 amazing showcases will take to Bristol’s best venues for over two weeks, with major talents from across the globe and fond faces from the local region all popping up to show off their incredible skills and perform some truly spectacular routines. The biennial fest is rapidly expanding — it’s the fastest-growing circus festival in the UK — and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

One impressive highlight is The Bekkrell Effect, which premieres in the UK at the festival. The lauded French performance, inspired by the discovery of radioactivity by physicist Henri Becquerel, is described as “part riot grrrl pop song, part circus spectacle… combining the power of punk with risk and flair.” Another must-see event is Fauna, an Edinburgh Fringe winner over the summer with “wild creatures in a beautifully controlled acrobatic story.” This takes place in Circomedia’s converted church space in St. Pauls — a perfect venue for a show such as this!

As well as shows to be wowed by and performances to drop your jaw, there are interactive workshops and activities to dive into (although not quite literally)! Swing Circus are putting on a three-day swing dance shindig, with displays and hands-on workshops with industry-leading choreographers… including some of the talents behind the boards at Strictly Come Dancing! Beginners are very welcome.

Bristol Old Vic, Circomedia, Trinity Centre, Bristol Grammar School, The Wardrobe Theatre, The Tobacco Factory and more will host events for this edition of the festival, which takes place between 12 and 29 October. Be sure to check out the website ( for full listings and ticket information. 

The festival, launched in 2015, helps to boost the city’s reputation as a City Of Circus —- it’s the flagship event for Bristol Circus forum. The city is home to a great number of performers and acrobats, and Circomedia school helps train the next generation of cast and crew (they’ve just launched a new MA in Directing Circus, which is exciting).

When: 12–29 October

Where: Various city centre venues 


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