A Message from the Chairman, February 2016

BAM! BOOM! POW! Do you hear that? That’s the sound of our 2016 Festival planning kicking into high gear! BASH!

Festival Director Jim Maxwell and company continue to work tirelessly on what will no doubt be a festival for the ages. Now, we are pleased to be able to make more and more news of the fruits of their labor public!

Just what kind of news you may ask? How about not only a return of, but a new and improved Gauntlet obstacle course? Oh yeah. Not to mention a special workshop by headlining act Emil Dahl! For those not immediately familiar with that name, perhaps you recall his viral performance video ‘Magnet Opus‘ which made its way online a couple years ago (he will be performing this piece at IJA), or if you follow juggling records, you may remember him as being the first person in recorded history to flash nine clubs!

In addition to Emil Dahl, we have a whole list of special guests confirmed for the festival! Rather than me trying to mention them all here and failing miserably at doing them justice, just go to our Special Guests page and read all about them in detail. Trust me, go now!

As a reminder, the deadline for championship entries is April 1st, and Early Bird Registration is now open! Festival info, including registration, is available at:


Juggle on,

Nathan Wakefield
IJA Chairman

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Nathan is a juggler from Southeast Michigan. He first learned to juggle in college, and has written for the website Streetjuggling.com. He previously served as Chairman of the IJA and also held various officer positions. When he is not frantically trying to learn new manipulation skills, he enjoys producing music, acting, and watching horror films.

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