Circus at Festival 2018!

Whilst the Scottish Circus Festival isn't for another month, that doesn't mean there isn't any circus to enjoy!

Not only is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival coming up, which we'll do a post on soon, we've also got Festival 2018 happening here in Glasgow. This new Glasgow-based festival encapsulates both the Merchant City Festival and the new European Championships. As part of this fun-filled cultural and sporting programme, a variety of circus and physical theatre companies will be getting involved and putting on some free events for everyone to enjoy!

flying trapeze in the park

Over at Strathclyde Park comes GO LIVE! in the Park which will be providing eight days of free family fun including walk-about acts such as jugglers and hula-hoopers. Adding to this will be a variety of Parkour, tight-wire, hula-hooping, juggling and Flying Trapeze workshops. All of which are FREE!

Jumping over into the centre of Glasgow you'll find some amazing activities happening over at Glasgow Green in a dedicated circus big top! All the shows taking place at Big Top at GO LIVE! will be free and unticketed so that everything is accessible by anyone and everyone.

There are going to be some amazing shows by companies such as Extraordinary Bodies who are presenting What Am I Worth?The Exploded Circus' Mimbre who are inviting audience members to step into a moment frozen in time, Aerial Edge will be presenting a Youth Circus Show and their current development of  Between The Lines  which marks their venture into exploring performance and risk and finally, Catalan company Eia will be sharing their heart-warming and funny InTarsi.

All of amazing shows can be caught at the Big Top and Glasgow Green, for a full breakdown of dates and times click here, please give a read of the spectator guide too!

Tetra-Decahalon by Lauren Hendry

Tetra-Decahalon by Lauren Hendry

Beyond these awesome circus events, there will also be workshops for Circus Mask Making, Walkabout Performers, Surge Festival as well as shows such as Urban Astronaught & Tetra-Decahalon!

All in all this Summer is going to be an amazing opportunity for circus to be brought to the forefront of people's attention. We hope this all these shows, workshops and performances help show people how fun, entertaining and versatile circus can be. Whilst the view of Circus is primarily London-centric we think that Festival 2018, Edinburgh Fringe and all the other smaller circus events (like SCF!) will slowly help to prove that Scotland is a bustling hub in itself.