"Our costumes are handmade, our animals are trained by us, our sets are painted in the barns on our farm. We burn the midnight oil to conjure new visions for the show. It’s all we do. Circus is our job, our life, our love." Nell Gifford Giffords Circus is a magical village green circus that tours England from the first days of spring to the first glimpse of winter. It’s our hymn to homemade fun, excess and benign disruption. We want our show to move something in you, and to take just a little while to recover from. We want it, wish it and mean it with all of our hearts, because it is everything we believe about life and art and love. Giffords Circus is what we would all like to find if we were driving along a road, a glimpse of the tent with the words ‘Giffords Circus’ shining from the top, appearing mysteriously where it wasn’t the day before and might not be tomorrow. It is the intrigue that we would stop for and it is what we would make a pilgrimage for. It is how we travel back to our childhood and how we move forwards surrounded by music, loved ones and laughter. We wear our best clothes, and wellies and run away to the circus.
Circus PaZaz is the little circus with BIG fun! Entertainment for the whole family in the best ‘little’ bigtop circus in town! We provide self-contained children’s & family entertainment &“Have a go” circus skills workshops for all ages, perfect for any family event or festival. We also help many schools to fundraise at school fete’s & during the school week, teaching the children a fantastic show that they can perform themselves after school for friends & family. This creates a wonderful summer school event that children, parents & teachers will remember for years to come… It has been said that, Circus PaZaz are a perfect size show for a first time circus visit for many young children especially under 5’s and we think our little show will be a perfect introduction to the wonderful world of circus. Director & producer Matthew Indge or better known as Clown Zaz has been entertaining children & families since he was a just a kid himself & takes great pride in his work. Over the years he has made a lasting impression on many children & adults from all walks of life both here & Abroad. Since taking on the circus from Fred’s flying circus Matt is proud and very happy to keep this tradition running for children & families to continue enjoying today.
We believe in a world where anything is possible. We understand that attending mainstream events can be difﬁcult for children with additional needs or families in difﬁcult circumstances which is why we’ve created a tut-free zone; a show in which shouting out, dancing and jumping up and down are expected. At our circus, everyone is absolutely encouraged to let go of their worries, get involved, and be themselves. We bring all the fun of the circus to children and families that may have found this difﬁcult in the past. We know that a circus is a family event that brings everyone closer, encourages creativity and allows people to become stronger and more able to face life’s challenges head on. We tour the UK bringing the very best in circus talent from around the world and stage 148 incredible, animal-free shows every year. Children with disabilities, families on low incomes, those facing challenges such as domestic violence, bereavement or who may be living with a life-limiting condition. Every child, whoever they are, is free to be themselves at a Circus Starr Show – shout with joy, move to the music or appear centre stage! We do it because nearly 1.5 million UK families can’t afford a single day out together. We do it because 50% of families with disabled children say that the stigma and discrimination they face makes them feel isolated. We create a magical world, harnessing the power of the circus and invite families with all kinds of different needs to have fun together in a safe, welcoming and unique atmosphere. In the Spring and Autumn Circus Starr can be experienced under the starry canopy of our big top; when winter makes accessibility more difﬁcult, we perform indoors – using existing buildings during the colder and more unpredictable months means that we never disappoint our deserving audiences. So, what we are is inclusive, exciting, non-judgemental, fun, accessible and magical and we bring all of this to you! Get excited, be excited and remember that excitement for years to come – we look forward to welcoming you.
Circus Funtasia are a modern fast-paced incredible family show with talented performers from around the world (no animals). Touring across the UK! Circus Funtasia presents a brand new production packed with world-class talent! This phenomenal live show goes beyond all your expectations, and proves that the circus isn't just for kids. All the talent of a West End show, with that irresistible circus magic.
The Blackpool Tower has stood tall over the Fylde Coast for 125 years. On 14th May 1894 The Blackpool Tower opened to the world, with Sir John Bickerstaffe, a former mayor of Blackpool at the helm. With a building full of attractions at its base, The Blackpool Tower was soon coined as ‘Wonderland of the World’! The Blackpool Tower Circus returns with a fantastic array of adventurous acts from all around the world delivering incredible death-defying stunts teamed with belly laughs aplenty from legendary clowns Mooky and Mr Boo. A Circus just wouldn't be the same without its clown. Interacting with the audience, bringing fun and laughter and generally linking the entire show together, the Circus Clown has the most important and demanding role. Down the years, many Clowns have starred in the famous Tower Circus Arena. One of the first was Bob Kellino, who performed from 1897 – 1903. Between the two World Wars, Doodles became the Tower's most popular Circus Clown, performing with his sidekick Austin and ringmaster George Lockhart. The famous Charlie Cairoli made his debut appearance at the Circus in 1939 and continued to make audiences laugh for over 40 years. The present incumbent of the role is the incredibly talented Mooky, son of Tower Circus Director & Producer Laci Endresz Snr and the third generation from a famous family of Clowns.
Big Kid Circus was founded in 2005 by Biliana and Kiril Kirilov, wife and husband. Kiril is second generation of circus family, whereas Biliana is the first in her family to join the circus. Biliana was 13 when she left to ‘run away’ with the circus, she has travelled to Cuba, USSR, Italy and Greece performing various circus skills and acrobatics. Kiril on the other hand attend school and graduated top of his class, while his parents were touring with the circus across the world. Fate brought Kiril and Bili together, they mutually decided the circus was the best path to lead to a happy and fulfilling life together. In 1999 they came to the UK as trapeze artistes where they worked for various circuses. However, in 2005 they decided it was time to start building their own legacy within the circus art industry. Bili is extremely passionate about producing and creating divers, inclusive and unique circus shows to cater for the whole family. Kiril plays a huge part in building the business aspect of the circus and ensuring its growth within the industry. Together they have successfully produced 16 annual tours in the UK. In 2014 Big Kid Entertainment expanded Big Kid Circus into South East Asia and opened up Great British Circus, and currently they are the only circus to have an annual tour in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Great British Circus is a UK company which promotes traditional British circus culture through the shows we produce. The aim is to share British Art with South East Asian audiences. The next generation of the Kirilov family are David, Julia and Nicole who are the children of Biliana and Kiril. They have taken on the tradition and responsibility to continue the family legacy. David is an integral part of the logistics of the entire set up, he manages the team of employees to guarantee a smooth transition of the circus tour each week. He travels frequently between Asia and the UK to provide training and support to our teams in both regions. Julia is a graduate from Leeds Beckett University with a BA in Events Management. She also went on to complete her Master’s in Public Relations and Communications. Julia aims to grow the company and push for a contemporary extension to the circus art form and the social importance of the circus within today’s society. Julia plans to open her own show in 2022 which will promote body positivity and inclusivity, integrated with circus as a platform of art. Nicole is the youngest of the three, she is enjoying school and she enjoys performing. When she grows up she would like to be a dancer, actress all wrapped around circus. Big Kid Circus would not be possible without the hard work and support it has from its employees. Being on tour 9 months of the year, we become family. Our performers and staff around the show work tirelessly to provide the highest quality circus performance available. We pride ourselves in being a divers and inclusive company, employing people from Cuba, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Morocco, Chile, Bulgaria, and many more. We believe a divers team leads to creative and unique thinking, which helps grow the company to become more inclusive and accepting within the community.
Bassline Circus is a high-octane circus company that has toured music festivals since 2003. Founded in 2001, and present every year since with a new production at major UK and European festivals, Bassline continues to harness Bass music's raw energy - with circus to match - alongside a new generation of physical, sonic and visual performers. The company currently focuses on running inclusive workshops, producing outdoor community events and creating touring productions such as: KID_X, [ON AIR] and Liquid Sky. Recent collabs include Bristol Pride, Tramway Theatre, Saffron Records, Feral Arts, Pride Without Borders, Fusion Festival (Germany) and Boomtown Fair. Bassline was formed by veteran sound systems from the European free party scene who joined forces with young circus performers who understood the link between traditional outcast travelling art forms and its modern incarnations. Though many from our original crew have moved on to other high profile UK festival projects, Bassline Circus always tries to keep that conscious vibe that links bass music and a spirit of resistance; and this goes far beyond music too! Our fearless and DIY approach to visual arts that seamlessly includes lush video-mapped sets, creative rigging and full-on venue management is made possible by a crew with deep understanding of The Collective principle that the Criminal Justice Bill was trying to suppress. And with such a loving and dedicated crew around us, we’re lucky now to attract young artists who want to connect with that core experience and help us keep it real with their own contributions. Education has historically been an important part of your company mission. Why’s that? Bassline Circus was born from the ashes of the European and British festival, free party and circus scenes, and despite many changes over the years, still believes in, and functions around a central ethos of Create-Innovate-Educate-Activate. We have a vision to help people see differently, think outside the box, challenge themselves and create their own realities. We as Bassline Circus believe that our purpose has been to provide opportunities and a platform for people of all backgrounds – especially those with less access to artistic activities – to take part in creative projects with circus, music and visual arts as their vehicle.
Zip Zap is vibrant and uniquely South African professional and social circus. Through the medium of circus arts, we inspire and empower young people with skills for life! Zip Zap was born from a simple dream, a tree, a trapeze bar and a rusty old truck 29 years ago. Established by South African born Brent van Rensburg and his French wife, Laurence Estève, their dream was to use the circus as a tool to bridge socio-economic gaps and to inspire and empower young people to build a new culture of peaceful co-existence in South Africa, inspired by the late Nelson Mandela. Zip Zap Circus is a not for profit social school that was founded in Cape Town in 1992, to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps children to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality. Zip Zap’s programmes are all free to participants, with financial and material support coming from individuals, organisation, corporations and foundations. In South Africa and the world, Zip Zap is recognised across Governments, Ministries of Education, Tourism, Arts & Culture and private societies, as a major contributor to the development within the iconic ‘Mother City’ and providing sustainability of the circus arts in South Africa.
It all started on 24 march 2005 in a hired tent that could seat 150 people at the blue route mall in Tokai, cape town. At the young age of only 21 David Mclaren followed his passion and childhood dream and started the Mclaren circus. Mclaren circus was built upon the nostalgic memories of a childhood dream to someday reintroduce the magic culture and variety of a traditional big-top travelling circus through shows that are staged in the same wholesome family spirit that enchanted audiences for centuries. A delightful band of artists trained by a circus school in cape town assisted David with the first shows in 2005. David was the ringmaster and his older brother Duncan performed clowning sketches. The circus was funded entirely by David Mclaren. During this first year, shows were held during school holidays. At the end of 2005, nine months after the launch, it was decided that the show would be rolled out to the country side. In 2006 David invested in a larger 22m x 28m red and yellow marquee, manufactured in cape town. David set off down the garden route with two caravans, a trailer, a bakkie, his animals and artists.The now famous red and yellow marquee could be seen trekking all over the country, mainly to small towns and villages with one day stands. The last show before returning to cape town for the holiday season was in Paarl at the end of 2006. After careful consideration it was decided that the Mclaren circus would tour the western and eastern cape provinces. An 8-ton truck, two camels, four ponies, and two lion cubs were acquired for the tour. It was an investment well worth it because this tour proved to be a great success. Once back in cape town, 2009 was an historical year for the Mclaren circus. It had now become necessary to invest in a bigger tent, and the beloved red and yellow marquee made way for a bigger white and red four-pole big top. The circus acquired more trucks and started touring the whole of Southern Africa. As 2010 rolled in, the circus continued to tour South Africa, playing all towns it came across, no town was ever too big or two small. The circus grew bigger and better and as more trucks, a ticket office and more animals was acquired. David was indeed living his childhood dream. But with all the magic, love and laughter came tears in 2011. In the early hours of a Sunday morning in wWtbank a freak storm hit the circus and caused a blow down. David stood helpless at his caravan as the freak storm blew down his circus tent causing mayor damage to the tent, king poles, equipment and seating inside the tent. The storm was over within a few minutes but left the circus in devastation. As the news spread through the circus world, David received calls from other circuses offering help and assistance. The Mclaren circus staff was amazing and all got up in the early hours of that morning to assist David. But the show had to go on and the tent, seating, equipment and king poles were all repaired within 3 days. The show was back up and it was business as always for the mclaren circus. 2012 became another historical year for the Mclaren circus. A new 4-pole big top was purchased, a state of the art 12m canteen joined the colourful fleet. The new 4-pole big top can also be transformed into a 6-pole tent playing bigger venues and cities. David Mclaren is now 35 years old and is still driven by his passion and love for circus to keep the magic and wonder circus alive on the continent. Mclaren circus is unique and one of a kind now being the only traditional travel circus left in Southern Africa that still tours all nine provinces on an annual or bi-annual basis The circus, now a household name, still tours Southern Africa like in the beginning, on their own steam without any sponsorship or funding. Its you, the public and South African circus fans that keep the Mclaren circus going and help us provide smiles to thousands of children of all ages every day by bringing entertainment to their doorsteps. The Mclaren circus management and staff would like to thank you all for buying circus tickets over the years and thus supporting the Mclaren circus to become Africa’s biggest and best circus.
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Taking our past into the future with Carolina Reviglio! Carolina enjoyed a carefree childhood in the Piedmont countryside. With many cousins and friends, the passion for culture was instilled from an early age. Surrounded by beauty and art in the family mansion Cimena, expertly curated by her grandmother namesake, Carolina. On the paternal side of the family, her Venetian grandmother was equally influential. The unique character and rich culture of Venice, epitomizes Carolina. While travelling often, she feels most at home, in the isles of Venice. Schooled in Italy and the United States, lived in provinces throughout the length of Italy, Carolina considers herself truly Italian, with an international vision. “My country is rich in heritage, but poor in the pocket to keep it so. It saddens me to see so many buildings in a state of disrepair.” She has honed the skills of renovation and interiors of historic buildings, since 1987. Learning by trial and error, spurned on by failure and ultimate success, Carolina has grown and prospered. Now is the time to give back. Helping artisans of all disciplines to find work and ply their trade with pride. Matching projects to professionals and vice versa. As Heritage Doyenne, Carolina’s primary contribution to this unique initiative, is to encourage the participation of Heritage Ambassadors. This cause is yet another open avenue, to take our past into the future. By intertwining culture and heritage, to create more synergy. “Only once we fully understand where we come from… and truly appreciate our heritage… can we imagine a fabulous future filled with the richness of our past. Life is ours to design!” ~ Carolina Reviglio
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