Bill Johnston  |  14 Nov 2013  |  City North News

FUNDING CUT A CRUEL BLOW

THE long-running Vulcana Women’s Circus needs help to keep it in the red after vital funding was pulled by the State Government. Find out how you can help keep the circus, and performer Tami Dawson (pictured), afloat. DONORS have pledged their support for Vulcana Women’s Circus after the State Government refused to renew grant funding for three years.

The circus, which was founded in West End in 1995 and is now based at New Farm Powerhouse, provides circus training for hearingimpaired women, disadvantaged youths and the wider community.

General manager Kitty Carra said donors had rallied and the circus hoped to raise at least $50,000 to cover rent and insurance to allow it to keep running programs next year.

“We’re expecting to reach about $10,000 this week,” Ms Carra said. The group was shocked after Arts Queensland rejected its grant application, she said.

“We’ve been a vital part of the arts landscape and we’ve been a long-term incubator for female performance artists,” she said.

Ms Carra said leaving the Powerhouse was not an easy option for the group.

“We can’t just go anywhere because we need a safe space of a certain height, size and with rigging. And our acrobats have to train regularly or they can’t work,” she said.

The circus had planned to continue classes, run two productions and further develop programs with women in the deaf community next year.

“When we’ve told people the news they’re reacted with shock and horror because Vulcana is a safe, welcoming space where people’s lives have changed,” Ms Carra said

“Even if they’ve spent only one term training with us they’ve learnt a skill they’ve never done before.”

The group will hold a fundraiser at 119 Lamington St, New Farm, on December 8 from 7pm. The cost is $25 at the door, or phone 3358 1888 to book.