eJuggle: Fest Reviews

IJA 2018 Fest Review

The 71st Annual IJA Festival convened at the Mass Mutual Center and nearby Symphony Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts July 16-22, 2018. Jugglers enjoyed the environs of this Art Deco city on a river in the Boston area. Special Guests included Michael Moschen, Wes Peden and Florence Huet. Moschen returned to his hometown for the event. Many other guest performers attended …

CATCH 2018 – The Cumbrian Juggling Convention (UK)

As part of the celebrations for Circus 250 (the 250th anniversary of the circus) the organising team of the Cumbria juggling conventions (AKA Rosie & chums) put on a special event, CATCH. CATCH was a week long juggling convention held in Appleby in Westmorland which was jam packed with shows and workshops. Here follow my memories from the week: Monday …

Berlin Juggling Convention, 2018

Directions to BJC were easy to follow and as I neared the site, I saw stenciled clubs pointing me in the right direction. I arrived just as they were opening the gates. They give everyone a temporary pass and you can only upgrade to a proper pass if you do volunteer work. I took the first shift of badge control …

FireDrums 2018

FireDrums is the oldest fire dancing festival in the country, and once again it lives up to its reputation of being a mecca for fire dancing and flow arts. As far as flow oriented events go, it doesn’t get much better than this. More than 500 performers and enthusiasts convene on a hidden mountain valley in the rural Sierra Foothills …

The British Juggling Convention 2018 – Review

Tuesday – Breakfast and Travel Jamie had very kindly prepared a Bircher muesli the previous evening which was ready when I came down in the morning. It was a nice change from my usual; I recommend having it warm. We waved cheerio to Lizzy and Jamie and struck out towards Canterbury via Basingstoke. The highways authority must have had a …

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Pocono Juggle Fest 2018 Review

After a two year (and one day) hiatus, the Pocono Juggle Fest returned to the festival scene. Held at Panther Valley High School in Summit Ridge, Pennsylvania and organized by former IJA Chair Kim Laird, some 30+ jugglers and flow artists gathered in the gym for a weekend of fun and record breaking. An unexpected snowstorm canceled Friday activities, which …

Bath Upchuck 2018 – The Bath Juggling Convention – Review (UK)

Bath Juggling Convention 2018 Breakfast and Travelling We awoke nice and early on Saturday morning (probably a little too early) and I enjoyed a nice bowl of nutty muesli and some granola with some natural yoghurt. I washed this down with a tasty fruit smoothie (green flavour). Jenni had some fruity wheats (or similar) which also went down very well. …

The Nederlands Kampioenschap Jongleren 2018 – Review

The Netherlands Juggling Championships 2018 For my first juggling event of 2018 I was kindly invited to act as a judge at the Dutch Juggling Championships. I went along to de Cacaofabriek in the city of Helmond and here follow my recollections and musings from the weekend. Saturday Travelling and the Venue I had a very vivid dream about being …

Richmond Juggling Convention 2017

Paolo Garbanzo, former member of the Flying Karamazovs and official Jester of Muncaster Castle in England, makes his home in Richmond, Virginia, but his performance schedule leaves him few weekends where he actually is home. So when his scheduling found himself in Richmond near the Christmas holidays, he figured, “what better time to throw a festival?” Working with the Richmond …