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The Mullum Circus Festival has announced that it will henceforth be known as National Circus Festival, with its new name and branding officially unveiled alongside its early bird 2021 program announcement.

To be held at the Mullumbimby Showground from September 20–26, organisers say the National Circus Festival hosts a dual program, with two distinct streams, including a four-day National Training Program from September 20–23, assembling the nation’s best performers in one location to collaborate, trial new shows and develop existing works.

Following the training program, the weekend of September 24–26 will see the festival go into full swing, with a program of more than fifty events set to grace the stages over the three-days, with the first ten acts announced.

Malaika Okoth, Spagehtti Circus performer, Alice Cadwell, Festival Director and General Manager with Hannah Richards, performer with A Good Catch, Radish by Night, and Yuck Circus, a NICA graduate and local success story. The festival will also feature ‘Sweet Street’ where ice cream, organic fairy floss, doughnuts and other tasty treats will be served, alongside world-class artists. Photo Jeff ‘Sweet Toof’ Dawson


National Circus Festival Director Alice Cadwell said, ‘After our hiatus with the festival, it feels great to come back in such a strong fashion with new branding and an amazing program – this early release is just a tip of the iceberg of what we’re offering in 2021’.

‘This year’s festival will truly be a celebration of circus for everyone, with world-class shows, broad training programs featuring highly-skilled teaching artists, fun for the whole family, unexpected delights, a giant globe, great food and coffee – and so much more’.

Featured acts include two Brisbane powerhouse companies in combination, Casus Circus and Mad Dance House. Australia’s most celebrated proponents of acrobatics and performance, Alex Mizzen is also booked.  

To celebrate festival rebranding and to celebrate the announcement of the event’s first ten artists for the 2021 festival, organisers have announced a limited run of early bird tickets available via the National Circus Festival website: www.nationalcircusfestival.com.

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