National summit aims to strengthen Australian circus sector

Next week 200 delegates will attend the Australian Circus Summit at NICA, which will also be the venue for a series of circus shows as part of Melbourne Fringe.
Circus. Image is a man hanging upside down from a rope against a black background.

From Darwin and Brisbane to Mullumbimby and Melbourne, members and supporters of the circus sector are gathering next week for the Australian Circus Summit, a national conference designed to encourage artistry and share information in equal measure.

‘I think we’re all finding in the industry that a whole bunch of refocusing is needed after the last couple of years,’ explains Darcy Grant, Artistic Director of Adelaide’s Gravity and Other Myths and one of two keynote speakers at the Australian Circus Summit.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts