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Circus & Physical Theatre (CaPT) Bulletin: September 2022

TNA News and Opportunities

TNA at National Youth Circus Symposium in Mullum
Join me (Steph!) for afternoon tea and a chance to share your most pressing challenges and opportunities with peers and with TNA. I will also be catching up for one-on-ones across five days of symposium & festival, which will feed into TNA’s strategy, planning and advocacy work in 2023. If you’d like to catch up, shoot me an email. I can’t wait to see you all there!

Regional Victorian Performing Arts Forum in October
TNA is hosting a sector gathering in Ballarat on Thursday 13 October for regional artists and practitioners to come together and catch up over lunch, reconnect with peers and colleagues, hear an update from TNA and let us know what’s most important to the regional performing arts sector right now. Book now to join this relaxed afternoon of connection and stimulating conversations.

Creating Out Loud Peer Coaching Guides available now
Over the last two years, TNA has been proud to partner with Dr Kate Power, from University of Queensland, while she developed this invaluable peer coaching program. The Creating Out Loud program brings arts industry peers together to share ideas, resources and experiences with the help of free discussion guides available to download from the website. Download the free discussion guides now.

General News and Opportunities


MICF Festival Managed Venue EOIs Open Now
Expressions of Interest for Festival Managed Venues (FMVs) for the 2023 Melbourne International Comedy Festival are now open! The MICF team are expecting high demand this year so they recommend getting EOIs in by no later than Friday 21 October.
Submit your EOI here.

Moreland Council Arts Grants Close 28 Sept
Applications for Moreland City Council’s Flourish Arts Recovery Grants are open now, offering up to $5000 for individuals and $10,000 for groups. More info and apply here.

Melbourne Fringe Festival Street Parade is BACK!
To celebrate the 40th birthday of Melbourne Fringe, the infamous Parade and Street Party will be returning for one year only. Fringe are inviting everyone from current and past festivals to join the parade and march for the arts. Find out more and sign up here. 


Circus WA: AGM & Youth Auditions
The Circus WA Annual General Meeting will be held on Wed 12th October. Nominations to board are open until 21st September, by forwarding a completed nomination form to, along with a bio and short statement of interest. 

Registrations for the ABC Youth Troupe are opening end of November, with auditions in early December. Visit the Circus WA website for info about how to register.

  • National Circus Festival, Training Program and Youth Circus Symposium
    This huge week of circus programming is merely days away!
  • The National Training Program (Mon 26 – Thurs 29 Sept) is four days of intensive circus training across a vast array of specialities from Australia’s best trainers and performers.

  • The 2022 National Youth Circus Symposium (Wed 28 & Thurs 29 Sept) offers an amazing opportunity for young and emerging circus artists, circus trainers, company staff and management to come together to discuss the sector as a whole. The Program will span two days with a focus towards ‘Building Circus of the Future’.

  • The National Circus Festival (Fri 30 Sept – Sun 2 Oct) showcases the incredible talents of Australian circus artists, profiling established shows and companies as well as supporting emerging artists and works in development.

Brisbane Circus Centre Update
Flipside Circus is hopeful that most of the roof of their new state-of-art facility will be finished by the end of September, which is a major milestone for the project. Find out more about their new building here.

Fruities Announce New Venue
Flying Fruit Fly Circus announced in August that their Albury facility would be expanded to include a brand new custom circus space, the Borderville Studio Theatre. Construction is expected to be completed in September 2023. Read more about the project here.

Adelaide Fringe Impact Report 
The 2022 Impact Report for Adelaide Fringe Festival was released in June, and revealed some promising numbers for circus. In 2022 circus made up 2.7% of the program, yet accounted for 13% of tickets sold (which equates to 94,584 tickets). Great news for everyone in Adelaide this year and an impressive stat to help us advocate for more circus programming in festivals and venues!


Worldwide: Circus Festival & Event Roundup 

Worldwide: International Circus Jobs
Jump on the Circus Talk jobs board for open jobs and callouts from around the world.

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