Wow! What a Year!

As some of you may know, 2012 was a tough year for us here at ACAPTA with reduced funding and resources but we soldiered on regardless and thanks to our members and the amazing support of our circus community we have survived!

2012 was been all about fighting to keep ACAPTA alive because we passionately believe that together we are stronger and that we can achieve greater opportunities for all, if we work together.

Despite the difficulties, we’re very proud to have been able to deliver the following initiatives and projects in 2012, which we think you will agree, are pretty impressive:

  • The very successful Directors’ LAB with Emma Rice from Kneehigh (UK)
  • Hosted an international delegation of European Festival Directors and Producers’ from the Circostrada Network (France) to visit and meet Australian artists and companies in Adelaide (APAM & Fringe) and Melbourne
  • Ongoing partnership with the Catapult Festival (Bathurst) supporting the curatorial development of emerging young artists’ development with Simone O’Brien & Kirk Page and the implementation of the local ‘our mob’ circus project
  • Presented a Circus Arts Festival Scoping Study to Arts Victoria
  • Managed the PASS (peer assessment street safety) Project for the City of Melbourne – we pay all our assessor’s for their time and expertise
  • Presented the 2012 National Youth Circus Symposium in partnership with Westside Circus in Melbourne.
  • Created new partnership with Gasworks Park who presented Circus Showdown
  • Created new partnership with Regional Arts Victoria to develop schools touring opportunities for the circus arts
  • Presented Youth Circus Day in Melbourne in partnership with Signal, the event was project managed by ACAPTA member, Ella Holmes.
  • Sponsored the Melbourne Juggling Convention, where CLIMARTE’s, Guy Abrahams presented a seminar on environmental sustainability http://www.climarte.org/
  • Sponsored the Best Emerging Circus Performer Award,  at Melbourne Fringe Festival – awarded to Hannah Cryle from Pants Down Circus
  • Was involved in the Greening our Performance Alliance who presented a series of free seminars and workshops on environmental sustainability in the arts
  • Curated SPRUIK a free networking and performance event at the Hoopla Festival (Sydney)
  • Published Access All Areas (our monthly e-bulletin)
  • Gail attended a number of key International networking events to support and advocate for the inclusion of Australian Circus Artists and Companies in European projects scheduled for 2013 – 2015
  • Provided information, referrals, resources, support letter for funding applications and advice for members and other groups who want to engage with the Australian circus Arts community
  • Initiated  the ‘bust into an existing arts space’ action which  saw ACAPTA and indie artist Rockie Stone engage in a number of conversations about the circus arts with key venues such as: MTC and the Arts Centre – this is an on-going action!

We are very pleased to announce that we have been rewarded for our commitment and hard work and have once again been granted Arts Victoria funding for 2013.

Thanks again to all of our members and supporters. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Here’s to an amazing 2013!!!!