NICA and Flying Fruit Flies join forces to strengthen circus sector

The two national schools have signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to strengthen career pathways for circus students.

Image via the Flying Fruit Fly Circus

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between Melbourne’s National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) and the Wodonga-based Flying Fruit Fly Circus (FFFC), Australia’s national circus school for young people.

The newly-signed MOU will see both organisations working together to promote excellence in contemporary circus arts training and performance in Australia, and represents a significant new direction for both organisations.

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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