The National Centre for Circus Arts in partnership with CircusMASH present Road Trip.
CIRCUS is now firmly in the spotlight. CIRCUS is everywhere. We are seeing more and more CIRCUS on television and more importantly live in theatres, tents, fields and on street corners across the UK. More than ever, people are now seeing and enjoying CIRCUS, either as part of an audience or as participants.
Since our re-launch in March 2014, the National Centre for Circus Arts have been working hard to raise the profile of circus by speaking directly with key decision makers, stakeholders, funders and politicians, explaining some of the challenges you as circus artists and circus companies face. One of our key aims is to ensure that circus is not forgotten or dismissed when the arts are being discussed or debated at any level.
We, the National Centre for Circus Arts, want to find out what is happening, where it is happening and how together, we can try to make it even better.
We were thrilled when the voice of circus responded along with us, to the Government’s consultation around Tax Relief for Theatre, thus ensuring that circus was mentioned and included in the bill. As a result of this positive and collective action, circus will now benefit from this significant cash benefit.
We now want to learn more about what is happening in your area and find out what else is on everyone’s minds. Perhaps then we can see if there are any other initiatives we could take on as a sector. We can then create a model of mutual support that allows circus, not only to survive in these challenging times but also to thrive and flourish both artistically and economically.
On the 11th of May 2015 we will be holding an open day hosted by CircusMASH UK at their new home at The Old Church Hall, All Saints Centre, 2 Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, B14 9DH in Birmingham, from 10.30am to 4.00pm. CircusMASH UK will be introducing us to you and everyone involved in circus in your area as part of our 2015 NCCA Road Trip around the UK. We are thrilled to be working with CircusMASH UK on this project and sincerely hope that you will be able to join us.
We will be happy to listen to and discuss the issues and challenges that we all face:
• Are health and safety and keeping up with ever changing legislation giving you sleepless nights?
• Do you have niggling doubts about the rigour of your Safeguarding for Young People policy?
• Are you pacing the floor worrying about where the next grant will come from and how you are going to persuade a local philanthropist to support your next big ambition?
Let’s put our heads together to come up with the answers and plan how together, we can overcome these challenges.
Please think carefully about the topics you’d like to discuss in advance and come fully prepared with your questions and comments so that on the day, we can shape an agenda that is in some way relevant to you. We would rather everyone went away knowing that their question has been asked, carefully considered and hopefully answered.
Whilst we may not have all the answers, we do have a skilled and knowledgeable team here at the National Centre for Circus Arts, all of whom have firm links with likeminded performers, producers and circus companies throughout the UK and beyond. We are all confident that together we can begin to map the issues that are being faced by circus artists, companies and organisations and that we can then begin to work together to find the answers and solutions and continue to generate mutual support across the country.
Please contact Zaq at Zaq@circusmash.co.uk or on 07552469781 to confirm your attendance on the 30th of April.
We look forward to seeing you.
Kate White & Jane Rice-Bowen
Joint CEO, National Centre for Circus Arts