Kia ora circus whānau,

We hope you’re all keeping well! It’s a full newsletter this time with many events coming up, new resources available to our community and reflections on the events that have been.

Upcoming AGM

Block it out in your calendars! The annual ANZCA AGM is happening on Sunday, August 29th, 10am - 3pm.


  • Ōtautahi/Christchurch (hosted by chairperson Eve Gordon) - Free Theatre Christchurch - 35 Hassals Lane, Waltham, Ōtautahi/Christchurch.

  • Pōneke/Wellington - TBC

  • Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland- Circability Central - 203-271 Victoria Street West, Auckland.

  • Online - Zoom -


  • 10:00am - Welcome and introductions

  • 10:30am

    • Updates - For the circus industry and ANZCA

    • Financial report

    • Future - ANZCA’s plans for the upcoming year

  • 12:00pm - Lunch break

  • 12:30pm - AGM discussion groups

  • 2:30pm - Wrap up/final thoughts

  • 3:00pm - Finish

To keep updated with more information on this event, keep an eye out on our Facebook for more information.

Past Events - Youth Circus Festival 2021

The 3 day inaugural Youth Circus Festival was organised by Circability Trust as part of Youth Week 7-9th May 2021 and held at the Corbans Estate Arts centre in Auckland. The aim of the event was to bring together young circus enthusiasts and empower them to actively participate in the future development of circus arts in Aotearoa / New Zealand. Participants came from Northland down to Wellington and Christchurch.

Following the festival, youth circus representatives from Northland and Auckland came together in Waipu in June to catch-up and reconnect again after the festival. They formed the “Circ.Us - Circus growing together“ regional Youth Circus Network - aiming to set up ongoing youth circus programmes and festivals with a youth led focus.

Need a rigger?

It can be hard to know who to contact for circus rigging in New Zealand, especially when there is no qualification specifically for circus rigging. We have compiled a list of known and trusted riggers across the country who have relevant expertise and experience for our industry.

This resource is only available to ANZCA members.

ANZCA Resources

Your ANZCA membership

We’ve been updating our systems and improving our website so that our members find it easier to navigate and understand how being a member can benefit them. Here are some benefits of being an ANZCA member:

  • Access to awesome members-only resources (e.g., Circus Safe and the Experienced Riggers list).

  • Access to a directory of ANZCA members and their profiles (see who else is out there).

  • Being able to vote for steering committee members (who then lead the way forward for ANZCA and its priorities).

Login to your ANZCA account to have a look! We’re also keen to have feedback on other things you would find useful to have on this platform.

Login to your ANZCA account

Upcoming Events

There are some awesome events coming up in the near future! Check them out:

Kanohi Kitea - Māori Culture & Circus Arts

Kanohi Kitea is conceived as a two - day Wānanga held in Auckland 8 - 9th August for encounters between Māori performing arts and related practices, such as Te Whare Tapere, circus arts, and in particular community circus. This event has been created in order to foster conversation about issues central to health and cultural wellbeing.

Our kaupapa is Kanohi Kitea - to be seen, to come together, face to face. This will enable sharing of skills and knowledge, unpacking of histories and building towards collaboration and cultural awareness. For more information please contact Thomas Hinz at Circability Trust.

East Coast Aerial Dance Competition

Late entries are still open for the East Coast Aerial Dance Competition on the 4th September 2021. Check out their website here!:

Circulation Festival

Applications to apply as a performer and/or workshop provider are now open. Circulation is a 4 day workshop based event in Dunedin that provides world class teachers in a variety of circus, creative arts and musical fields. This festival is happening between 25th and 29th November. Check out their website for more information:

That’s it from us! Happy circus-ing everyone!

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