Running away (to WA) to join the circus

The dynamic nature of the Australian circus sector is celebrated at this important festival in the Margaret River region.

Image: Brief’s Fez Faanana

First held in 2007, the Western Australian Circus Festival unites Australia’s diverse circus sector, bringing together professional performers, community circus participants, and the general public – as well as a range of international guests – for three eventful days at Karridale, 350km south of Perth.

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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