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Kia ora circus whanau, 

 

We hope you’re all keeping well! Reminder that the ANZCA AGM is taking place on Sunday 23rd August 11am - 2pm via zoom. More details coming soon.
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- Celebrations/up-coming events
- Call to action

Things are well and truly kicking back into gear with festivals and shows, and we're more grateful than ever to live in Aotearoa. Last weekend saw the arrival of a brand new festival “Winter is Passing.” Shout out to Jason Butler and the team for creating this weekend of juggling, board games and passing which saw people from around the country flocking to Tauranga.

 

“We are filled with a proud glow of accomplishment. We did it. I really enjoyed watching the weekend unfold, the inspiration in the eyes of the learners as they picked up new skills and just the happy faces everywhere. Now we start the planning for the next one we are locking in dates and releasing them soon so don't forget to join the Facebook group to stay informed the next one we are aiming to be bigger and better” - Jason Butler

 

In the coming weeks Circus productions are back onstage around the country. Including, ‘Diary of a Showman’ which will be taking place in Nelson Fringe festival and ‘Laser Kiwi #2’ which is set to debut on the 31st August, and will be the first production back in the beautiful Te Auaha, Wellington!
 

This is a call to action after some recent events in our broader community.

 

To look within your organisation/community and ask: 

What systems do we have in place to prevent physiological, physical or sexual abuse?

What systems do we have in place to address a situation/allegation if it were to arise?
ANZCA is creating an Ethics Document which we will be taking feedback for at the upcoming AGM. With these documents and resourses such as 'Circus Safe' we hope to promote awareness and encourage proactive action to increase safe practice within our community.

 

Excerpt from ‘Circus Safe’ in relation to: Teaching Circus:

 

“A key responsibility when sharing any knowledge is to keep all participants and

nonparticipants who are present safe. This isn’t as simple as making sure someone completes this ‘trick’ in this ‘moment’ safely. Your obligation extends to keeping them safe socially and psychologically, in that moment and in their future practice.”

 

If you have seen anything, or are a victim of abuse. We stand with you. We believe you. Reach out to your community for support. Remember, you can always reach out to us on the ANZCA steering committee.

Where to get help
• If it's an emergency and you feel that you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

• If you've ever experienced sexual assault or abuse and need to talk to someone call the confidential crisis helpline Safe to Talk on: 0800 044 334 or text 4334.

• Alternatively contact your local police station.

• If you have been abused, remember it's not your fault.

 

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