Here are the Event and Activities highlights:

FLASHPOINT FORUM

The Flashpoint Forum held at Legs on the Wall in Sydney, 10th – 13th November was a huge success. The innovative Open Space model convened by Geoff Brown guided the group to develop the agenda over three days and then spend the final day developing action plans to implement these ideas. It was an incredible event that had a diverse group across the industry come together to talk about and plan action around issues that are important to them. Issues that were raised by the participants included getting circus and physical theatre into the Australia School Curriculum, the role of the director in circus, environmental sustainability in circus, trainer accreditation and more. There was also a fabulous evening program of performances by Intimate Apparel, two nights of Renegade Cabaret featuring ACAPTA members and a final night performance by the Witness Relocation masterclass.

ACAPTA MASTERCLASS SERIES – WITNESS RELOCATION (NYC)

The second masterclass in the ACAPTA series was held at Legs on the Wall is Sydney from the 1st – 13th November and brought together 18 diverse Australian artists across varied disciplines to wrestle and turn into lizards under the influence of incredible dance-theatre anarchists Witness Relocation (NYC). The masterclass culminated in a showing at the Red Box.

MELBOURNE FRINGE SPECIAL EVENT – SPRUIK

Spruik was a special event in the circus program at Melbourne Fringe Festival. The circus and carnie folk of Melbourne once again threw ideas like knives into the statosphere. Armed only with a microphone and 20 images, each artist tripped the UV meter into overdrive as they tackled the politics, the poetry and the passions of life, from inside the circus ring.

MELBOURNE FRINGE SPECIAL EVENT – WORKSHOP WITH CAL MCCRYSTAL

In partnership with Melbourne Fringe ACAPTA hosted a 2-day clowning workshop with award-winning comedy director and clown Cal McCrystal for all circus and physical theatre performers participating in the Fringe.

TASSIE CIRCUS FESTIVAL FORUMS

ACAPTA ran a series of engaging forums at the Tassie Circus Festival covering issues important to the industry. These animated discussions will take place again in February 2011.

NETWORKING

Director Gail Kelly travelled far and wide across Australia visiting and making connections with the circus industry. To develop an understanding of the community’s needs.

NEW INITIATIVES

P.A.S.S. (Peer Assessment for Street Safety)

In partnership with Hemlock Mejarne, ACAPTA is developing P.A.S.S. (Peer Assessment for Street Safety) a program to make the process more efficient for street performers and buskers to work with councils to receive safety accreditation to perform in the streets.