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We are excited to announce a nationwide mentorship program, connecting experienced professional and social circus practitioners with those who are just starting out, or at a new phase in their career. ​

Applications for mentees are open from 22nd January until 15th February.  Pairings will be made and announced February 22nd after which the program will commence. Please fill out the form below and we will consider your application and which of our mentors you may benefit from.

You can apply here, confirmed mentors will be announced early February via facebook and email.

The festival season is upon us! We caught up with some of the organisers of New Zealand circus festivals to get the lowdown.
Photo courtesy of Acro Connect
Zanthe Watson – New Zealand Acro Festival

How long have you been going, how have you developed in that time?
New Zealand Acro Festival has only been running for a year now. And with two successful festivals in that time, we’re growing the festival and the NZ circus community every time!

Is there anything you're super excited for in this year's festival that you want to plug? 
This year we are bringing some huge names from the acro world to NZ! People like Sports Acro super base Hilary Conroy, and the internationally renowned partnership Duo Die Acrobatics. 

Read the rest of this interview on our blog...
Photo courtesy of NZJF

Johnny Ryan – New Zealand Juggling & Circus Festival

How long has the festival been running, and how has it developed in that time?
The festival is in its 26th year. I feel like it would be unfair of me to wax too lyrical about its development, since I've been humbly involved for only ten of those. I first went to the festival when it was in Raglan. I'm not much of a juggler myself, not professionally. I'm a teacher. I first came to the festival with my class years ago, and we had such an incredible time. It was a lovely experience for us, and I've always been thrilled to come back.

Every year the format has changed slightly, though some events remain constant and people look forward to them each festival. The Friday Renegade show for instance, is a beautiful chance for our community to showcase itself. Earlier in the evening we see children performing, there's busking acts, people showing things they've learned in the past year, and as the evening progresses the show can veer a little more risque-

Read the rest of this interview on our blog...
Photo courtesy of Damia Prat

A message from Xanthe Naylor – Circulation Festival

Circulation is a Dunedin based circus festival that takes place over 4 days in November. It's jammed packed with workshops, play times, music, dance, delicious food, laughter and FIRE!

The festival has been running for over 10 years and the team heading Circulation has changed many times since the beginning. Currently Circulation Community Inc. is run by Xanthe Naylor, Kier Russell, Tania Bracey Brown and Josh Smith.
This year the team has also taken on the Wellington based festival Under the Spinfluence as the previous crew needed to move on from the event. We hope to bring together the two festivals by sharing resources, performers and crew.


The grand scheme is to connect the two festivals via a circus tour up the country to help support the performers who are coming to both festivals. Circulation is on the 8-12th of November, Under the Spinfluence is held on the 14-17th of December. We plan to tour from Dunedin to Wellington over several weeks, stopping in Wanaka, Christchurch, Nelson and places in-between for shows, busking and workshops. We hope to have several international performers join us on the tour, as well as many New Zealand performers.

Circulation Community Inc. will be ready for applications around about mid-March and will be actively starting to put out feelers for performers, workshop teachers and volunteers.

If this interests you, then stay in the loop through the Circulation Online Community or email

Taumarunui are starting a community circus group, and are on the hunt for old, tired, worn-out, pre-loved, neglected or otherwise sidelined circus equipment. Particularly unicycles, diablos, and aerial equipment.
The group is headed up by Pixi Roberton, a professional teacher and retired performer.  She was a founding member of Circus Oz and the original teacher and associate Artistic Director of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, plus experience in European and Australian classic circus. Please contact her via facebook, or email
Photo by Jenny Huriwai
Despite the festival being officially cancelled due to the big top being damaged in an unexpected storm, circus prevailed and a much smaller, more intimate version of the festival went ahead for those already on site.

Hosted by Circus Kumarani, the festival is in it's 12th year. The charitable trust has sustained a substantial financial loss due to the loss of ticket sales. If you'd like to make a donation to help Circus Kumarani to be able to host the festival in the future and to continue to offer circus classes to the local community please email Abbe at to arrange.

The United World Sports Academy (UWSA) is Tauranga’s newest sports centre for children. ANZCA has interviewed the founder, Caroline Dafoe, to find out more.
Could you tell me a bit more about UWSA?
UWSA was created by Robert Bethea, a retired private school teacher from the USA and professional international coach, along with myself (Caroline J. Dafoe), a Kiwi born in Canada with a background in Business Consulting and Human Resources and was a former volleyball coach.

Both of us saw a need to fill the gap in the current education and sports training systems that is being offered and knew that not all students would do well sitting at desk in a classroom for up to 7 hours a day. With the inspiration of the Skateboarding School in Malmo, Sweden that has been successfully running for more than 10 years, as well as other similarly successful schools around the globe, they decided to take a successful track record of other academies and bring it to New Zealand.  As the Ministry of Education has told them “this is the first of its kind in New Zealand.”

Read the rest of this interview on our blog...
Orewa Boulevard of Buskers
9-11 February
The Composer
Sophia Therèse Circus
20 March
Te Auaha
NZ Juggle Fest Gala Showcase
17 February
Silks Teacher Training
with Paper Doll Militia
11-16 April
Circotica, Christchuch
Newtown Festival
Circus Stage

4 March
A Guy, A Girl and a Lawnmower
3-5 March
BATS Theatre

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