Baylee Collins | August 15th 2016


Company Here and Now in Edinburgh with Perhaps Hope


August has developed as the month when Australian Circus artists launch themselves into the world market, storming the Edinburgh Fringe with idiosyncratic and brilliant offerings. All reports so far underline that Australia continues to create superior work with a long touring and festival life span. Look out for those shows as they return to Australia and start making their way around the Fringe and Festival circuit here.

There are also a number of exciting projects happening geographically closer to us… ACAPTA is currently auspicing the Fair Ground Project, a project that Loki Rickus, Emma J Hawkins and Gail Kelly have been gathering support for over the last 18 months. There is now (throughout August) a bunch of artists creating away in the Circus Oz large rehearsal space (thanks Circus Oz for that support) for a month of creative development.



The Fair Ground Project in development

ACAPTA has also been engaged to auspice the Circus Incubator project on the Gold Coast. This is the second time that the Gold Coast Council has supported the development of emerging circus artists by producing workshops and showcasing work in the Spaghetti Circus Big Top. The first Incubator event was in 2014. Look out for exciting events in November.

The National Youth Circus Symposium was a great success in early July in Albury. Led by Chelsea McGuffin of Company 2 and Flipside, around 25 sector leaders engaged in two days of deep discussion around questions of diversity and inclusiveness, burn out in the sector and creating culture in youth circus organisations. Look to our next newsletter for an in-depth report.


Deep discussion at the National Youth Circus Symposium


THE BAD NEWS – In July 2016 ACAPTA was advised that it would not be receiving ongoing support through Creative Victoria’s Organisations Investment Program. This has put ACAPTA’s future into doubt. With the support of Creative Victoria the ACAPTA Board and management is exploring different ways of continuing to provide existing and potential services to our membership, services that support the development of Circus and Physical Theatre as a distinct and thriving art form, and that support our artists’ sustainability and vibrancy.

While we are doing this work we are committed to continuing to deliver our monthly news letter, the brokerage around insurance policies in collaboration with AON, the PASS program with City of Melbourne, our auspicing services to independent artists, the Fringe Award and our advice and advocacy activities.

We thank you for your ongoing support. Our members are the reason that we continue to be passionate about helping circus artists to thrive… Watch this page for news of our future plans and developing services.

Baylee Collins