70th Annual IJA Festival Day Three (Thursday)

Thursday, July 13, 2017 Juniors Stage Championships Results First place: Bennett Santora, age 13 from New York, NY. Second place: Christopher Haaser, age 16 from Huntsville, UT Third place: Houston Odum, age 17 from Jamestown, NC Your preliminary judges were: Matt Henry, Sky King, Dan Holzman, Alan Howard, and Wes Peden. Your Finals judges were: David Cain, Martin Frost, Jay …

70th Annual IJA Festival – Day Two (Wednesday)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Festival Highlights A Review: “Comedy In The Air” Welcome Show It’s very rare to have a performance situation come together where the acts are top notch, the level of professionalism is over the top, and the atmosphere is perfect for some spontaneous and semi-planned creativity and comedy hijinks that makes the whole better than the sum …

70th Annual IJA Festival – Day One (Tuesday)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Greetings! Greetings, fellow lovers and practitioners of the juggling arts! We, three former editorial staff members of the infamous 90’s juggling ‘zine, The Two Ply Press, are here to give you this, your daily fest news blog (and hopefully an actual hard copy commemorative issue at the end of the week). We are Susie “Sky Queen” …

The Manchester Juggling Convention (…On Tour) 2017 (UK) – Review

The Manchester Juggling Convention (… on Tour) took place on Saturday, the 3rd of June, 2017. This year it was held in Northwich. Travel and Arrival Not wanting to join the swirling horde of motorists on the Manchester ring road, and concerned for getting a parking spot, I decided an early start would be called for. I roused Jenni when …

Lestival X (The Big Birthday Bash)The Leicester Juggling Convention Review 2017(UK)

Saturday 29th April saw Lestival reaching its tenth birthday! I went along to celebrate and this is what I can remember from the day. Arrival Mark and I arrived early on site and found a cosy spot in the car park. A short stroll up the drive of Brockington College brought us to the main doors and within, the registration …

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The British Juggling Convention 2017 – Review

The 30th British Juggling Convention returned to Nottingham for a week of Workshops, Shows and General Shenanigans from the 7th – 13th April 2017. I went along and lots of things occurred. Arrival We arrived on site at about quarter to 5pm after a less than exemplary trip up the M1. As we took the turning for the Harvey Haddon …

Wintercon 2017 – The Ludwigshafen Juggling Convention Review (DE)

The city of Ludwigshafen played host to the annual Wintercon juggling convention from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th February 2017. Here follow my recollections from the event. Friday – Arrival Phil drove us from the airport to the convention and we arrived pretty late on the Friday night having had a long day of travelling. Both Jenni and I were …

Jugglers at Cirque de Demain 2017

Cirque de Demain is the large circus festival in Paris for young, high level circus professionals. Read on about my review of the various juggling acts and other standouts. You can also read my previous review of this festival in 2016 here. This year, 24 circus acts were selected to perform at Demain. Because they don’t allow animal acts, and …

Chocfest 2017 – The York Juggling Convention Review (UK)

The 22nd annual juggling convention held in the city of York took place on Saturday 28th January. Here follows my recount of the day. Travel and Breakfast We tried to revive the Chocfest tradition of going to the A64 Red Bus Café on the way to the convention and eating a deliciously unhealthy breakfast in the freezing cold on the …