Karridale Circus Festival in WA’s south west

A festival of circus, performance, comedy and cabaret starts on Friday 27 January as the 10th Annual Circus Festival returns to Western Australia’s serene Karridale forest for three days of the extraordinary.

Set across five big tops with 40 shows, 90 performers and over 200 acts, the jam-packed Circus Festival program will come alive with death-defying performances of bravery, skill – and maybe a little silliness on the side.

From small beginnings, the world-renowned and family friendly festival features a range of acts from across the nation and abroad, this year showcasing an International Spectacular including:

  • Guinness World Record holder and world champion unicyclist Witty Look (Japan),
  • trapeze act Josa and Bellina (Berlin),
  • balancer and juggler Marc Dorffner (Germany),
  • hand to hand acrobats Praxis (Spain),
  • Diabolo specialist Fabian (France) and many more.

The three-day program also includes a line-up of national touring acts, as well as musical performances from

  • Morgan Bain,
  • Ungus Ungus Ungus,
  • Bobby Alu, and a tempting selection of food, bar and market stalls.

The are circus shows and late night cabaret running midday to midnight each day

Festival Director, acrobat and clown ‘Fatso’ Matt Yates of Lunar Circus said that the festival had given regional West Australians a chance to get up close and personal with the circus in a way they would not have otherwise experienced.

“Circus Festival presents an amazing opportunity for regional Western Australians to experience some of the world’s best circus performers right on their doorstep.”

Circus Festival runs 27th- 29th of January 2017 at the Karridale Lunar Circus site 30km south of Margaret River. Full program details available via the Circus Festival website.

Circus Festival Karridale

Circus School

Circus Festival is also WA’s largest circus summer school which has been running for three weeks (from January 9 to 26). The summer school offers a variety of circus, acrobatic and trapeze workshops taught by the performers themselves, giving both children and adults the chance to train with world-class circus performers. A typical day in the summer school starts with warm-ups at 9:30am followed by a choice of 26 different workshops each hour – and that’s all before lunch!

Mr. Yates said the school is a great experience for families to get an authentic taste of circus life with on-site camping and opportunities to perform at the festival for those enrolled in the three-week training program.

“If you’ve ever imagined yourself running away with the circus, this is the place to do it.”

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