16 C
Byron Shire
October 18, 2021

From handstands to flying trapeze and beyond…

Latest News

Privately owned, but still ‘sacred site’ – Nimbin church burns to the ground

Last night at around 9pm, St Patrick's Catholic Church in Nimbin burned to the ground.

Other News

Radiance Kitchen

Congratulations to Dexter and Linda, operators of Radiance Kitchen, who are celebrating their tenth anniversary of selling the region’s...

Creative definition of affordable housing before Byron Council 

A development application is (again) coming before this week’s planning meeting, which attempts to use ‘farm stay’ accommodation to provide affordable housing for students enrolled in agriculture-related courses.

Fence sitter

Fence sitters, when given a tickle, will generally tumble off on the side of self-interest. So it’s interesting to...

Celebrating and supporting carers

Every day there are family and friends who provide care to others in their life. National Carers Week, 10–16 October, aims to recognise those 2.65 million carers in Australia who support those family and friends who have a disability, mental health condition, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged and need support.

Ballina Australia Day Awards nominations open

Do you know someone worthy of recognition in Ballina Shire? Award nominations are now open in categories including community-based activities, sport and the arts.

Vaxing the community divide

Okay, so this issue is dividing our community into: ‘vaxing is great for our community’ and ‘vaxing is bad’. One...

Spaghetti-Circus-ribbons-Mandy Nolan

Just more than two decades ago Leonie Mills put in for a modest grant for disadvantaged schools for Upper Main Arm. With that she planted the first seed for what was to grow into Spaghetti Circus. Twenty-one years later Spaghetti Circus is still going strong and this year the nation’s best circus folk will be converging on Mullumbimby for the Mullumbimby Circus Festival.

According to co-producer and programming co-ordinator Shien Chee the vision is about ‘the community coming together. We are talking about the circus community based on a tradition of 25 years of national circus festival. The only opportunity for people to see each other is at the international festivals, and it’s often fleeting, so this is like a big circus family get-together.’

What better way to have a meeting of bent, very bent, and bendier than humanly possible minds, than with a festival. But this, according to Shien, is not going to be an annual event; it’s quite possible in fact that this may just be a very special one-off event.

‘The thing about the Mullum Circus Festival is that it may never happen again; Spaghetti Circus only turns 21 once! It will be this extraordinary meeting of the country and world’s best circus talent in our home town.’ Of course, if the event is super successful, the organisers may consider a bi-annual event, although programmers and producers are working on a shoestring budget. Fortunately circus folk can do some pretty spectacular things with shoestring, like hang from their teeth!

One of the features of this event is the week-long master class and training sessions offered for the circus community.

Spaghetti-Circus-presents--Friday-24-and-Saturday-25-August‘We are having a training program for the week before, running 30 September until 3 October. It will feature all artists at the festival, something like 30–60 trainers, teaching more than 100 participants who come here to upskill and learn from master classes. It’s at a train-the-trainer level; its going to be carnie central!’ laughs Shien.

The festival program is impressive, with cabaret duo Die Roten Punkte, Casus and a cast of local circus superstars like The Space Cowboy, Tigerlil, The Great Gordo Gamsby and of course performances from Spaghetti Circus.

‘The festival features more than 100 artists, and we are talking the best in Australia, and some I reckon are the best in the world; they’ve come straight from Edinburgh, Berlin, Canada… straight to Mullumbimby.’

So what is it about Mullumbimby that has carnie folk all over the country singing our praises?

‘Spaghetti circus has a great reputation in the national circus community,’ says Shien, ‘because we produce really beautiful and interesting work and the kids who come out of here come out of something a bit special. I don’t know if it’s because we are a little bit more creative; I don’t know what it is. I guess it’s the spirit of people who come out of here that carries across in circus really well.

‘I think also Leonie Mills has a lot to do with it. She is highly respected; she is the powerhouse of Spaghetti Circus. The amount of work she does is phenomenal.’

The Mullum Circus Festival will take over the showgrounds, creating a hive of circus activity.

Spaghetti-Circus reads echo‘We have a big top (going up next week); we have the entire showgrounds as the festival site; artists and performers will be camping onsite as well. People are travelling here from all over Australia. We also have a tiny top; Space Cowboy is bringing his mutant barnyard; there is flying trapeze; and we have this beautiful venue that has a facade and chandeliers, velvet curtains. It’s a cabaret venue. If this were spiegeltent, spiegel is only like one of the children in the family and this is the whole family! We have everything from youth circus shows to shows for little kids to adult shows on the Saturday night and everything in between.’

The Mullum Circus Festival will be selling tickets at every farmers market and community market between now and the circus festival, 4–6 October, Mullumbimby Showgrounds.

With only 1,500 tickets for sale each day (take into consideration the Living Earth Festival at the Community Gardens had 6,000 attendees), you don’t want to miss out. Get your tickets now. Living three-day ticket prices are as follows:

Family pass $360

Adult $155

Youth $85

Child $45.

Tickets are also online at mulllumcircusfest.com.

 

 

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

XR plans two weeks of ‘Reclaim our Future’ protests

Extinction Rebellion Lismore is part of the Northern Rivers push to highlight the issue of climate change and a march and candlelit vigil last night was the start to a fortnight of ‘Reclaim Our Future’ protests.

Phone scam – Just.Hang.Up.

Crime Stoppers says that almost 90 per cent of Australians have received at least one nuisance or unwanted call every week

Anti-DV umbrellas launched in Ballina

Rotary have partnered with NSW Police to design and distribute 150 umbrellas with a very clear message: 'Say NO to domestic violence'.

Truth

The truth doesn’t mind being questioned. A lie does. Margot Hays, Bangalow