NICA directors ‘shocked’ as independence plan scuppered

Swinburne University has abruptly abandoned discussions over independence for the National Institute of Circus Arts.

Swinburne University has abruptly abandoned discussions over independence for the National Institute of Circus Arts. to the surprise of many in the circus community.

Plans for the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) to become an independent entity, separate from its founding body Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) have been in development since February 2012.

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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