A Message from the Chairman, August, 2015

It’s been about a month, and I am still reeling from the great experience of the 2015 IJA Festival. This was another great year, filled with amazing performances, incredible shows, and unforgettable experiences, all set in the breathtakingly beautiful area of Quebec City.

Special thanks go to Veronique Provencher and her festival team for putting together such an amazing event this year.

Noel Yee (Board member), Veronique Provencher (Festival Director), Nathan Wakefield (Board Chair) and Andreanne Lafleur Caouette (Festival Show Director)

Noel Yee (Board member), Veronique Provencher (Festival Director), Nathan Wakefield (Board Chair) and Andreanne Lafleur Caouette (Festival Show Director)

 

IJA 2016 Festival Director, Jim Maxwell

IJA 2016 Festival Director, Jim Maxwell

Next year, the IJA will be going to El Paso, Texas. We are pleased to announce that longtime IJA supporter and volunteer Jim Maxwell will be the 2016 Festival Director. He is already hard at work to make next year the best it can be and is very much hitting the ground running.

Regarding next year, we made a major announcement at the Cascade of Stars show this year that IJA anonymous donor iiWii is funding a daily free brunch for all attendees at the El Paso festival! But that’s just the tip of the iceberg; iiWii is also donating $25,000 to increase the prize money for the 2016 IJA Stage Championships! To make matters even more interesting, while we were preparing for that announcement at the festival, we received word that another anonymous donor known as Unna Med (who generously funded the Awesomeness Fund this year), also wanted to add money to the Championships pot to even it out for Teams, resulting in a total of over $35,000 in Stage Championships prize money for next year’s fest!
Never in IJA competition history has there been anywhere near this much prize money, and we are extremely grateful to our donors iiWii and Unna Med for making this happen. We are thrilled not just to be able to reward those who win for all their hard work and dedication, but also in anticipation that next year’s Championships will bring out competitors that you normally would not see, creating absolutely the best juggling competition lineup possible. In any event, you do not want to miss the 2016 IJA Championships in El Paso!

Juggle on,

Nathan Wakefield
IJA Chairman

 

Nathan Wakefield

Nathan is a juggler from Southeast Michigan. He first learned to juggle in college, and has written for the website Streetjuggling.com. Currently, he is The Chairman of the International Jugglers’ Association. When he is not frantically trying to learn new manipulation skills, he enjoys producing music, acting, and watching horror films.

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