State Of: Conference & Convention Programme Announcement

By Luc

published Thursday 8 March, 2018
Circus250 is shaping up to be pretty brilliant, and the exciting news keeps coming. We can finally announce just some of the brilliant programme of activities, guest speakers and workshops taking part in our 6-day convention and conference at our Circus Village site in the heart of Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Take a look at what we have in store below:
The State of Play: an old school Circus Convention for the new generation
Friday 13 - Monday 16 April 2018
An opportunity for circus artists, enthusiasts, performers, and makers to come together - to share and exchange skills, take part in a curated programme of master classes in circus techniques new and old, and experience different approaches to making and directing circus. 
With sessions and workshops lead by Desperate Men, Spymonkey, NoFit State, Firenza Guidi, The New Vic Theatre, Mimbre, Milton Lopes, The Gandinis, Professor Vanessa and other special guests. There will also be rigging workshops, skills shares, open training sessions and the traditional renegade show.
Together, let's celebrate the last 250 years of circus and inspire each other for the next.
The State of the Art: a radical Circus Conference
Tuesday 17 - Wednesday 18 April 2018
A two-day radical circus conference; explorations, interrogations, provocations and conversations for makers and thinkers. Designed through consultation within the sector, this event has been shaped for and by the people who make circus in the UK today.
This is a conference aimed at producers, presenters, artists and circus fans. Let’s discuss the next 250 years of circus together, without the establishment’s agenda, and foster creative debate amongst ourselves.
The State of the Art will include open space discussions, debates and inspirational TED-style talks.  Confirmed speakers include Ali Williams, Gerry Cottle, Firenza Guidi, Ken Fanning, Orit Azaz, The Flying Seagull Project, Professor Vanessa, John Fox, Jaine Lumsden, Kate Kavanagh.
What makes quality? 
Circus is a way of life.
Where are we going and how do we get there? 
How can circus respond to challenges we face in today’s society?
Dramaturgy in Circus
And whatever you want to bring to it.
All registrations include one ticket for Lexicon and two meals a day within the circus village with the Nofit State company.

6 day Convention & Conference Pass £100 / £160
State of the Play Convention only £60 / £100
State of the Art Conference only £50 / £80
Day Rate Convention or Conference £30 / £40

*pricing based on Independent Artist / NPO employee 
Full event schedule with detailed  programme to be announced.
Travel and accomodation not included.