The European Juggling Convention (EJC) has taken place non-stop since 1978 and is one of the world’s biggest juggling conventions. This event started with an attendance of just 11 jugglers during two days but rapidly became a week-long happening with thousands of attendees. This year, and for the first time in 41 years of history, EJC jumps from continental Europe and lands on an archipelago right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean: the Azores.
The Azores are a 9 island volcanic archipelago located just a 2 hour flight away from Lisbon or a 5h flight from Boston. São Miguel is the biggest island, with a total area of 744.7 sq. km, is home to 137,856 inhabitants, and is the proud host of the EJC 2018 in the city of Ribeira Grande, the second biggest municipality.
Known by its breathtaking landscapes, unique gastronomy and warm hospitality, the island is also known for opening its doors to other international events such as the RedBull Cliff Diving, the World Surfing League or the European Rally Championship.
Ribeira Grande, often nicknamed “North Coast” by the locals, is located on the north part of São Miguel, having some of the biggest beaches and most awesome seaviews on the island. Besides its coastline, Ribeira Grande is recognized for its untouched nature: Lagoa do Fogo is one of the 7 Portuguese Natural Wonders. Porto Formoso has the only commercial tea plantation in Europe and in Caldeira Velha you can take a bath in 40ºC natural hot water. These outstanding surroundings inspired this year’s logo and slogan and the Azorean culture set our vision for the convention. We’re working hard to provide all participants with a genuine experience connecting jugglers with the local community and making it possible for them to interact with our unspoiled nature.
Bringing EJC overseas is a long time dream from the pioneer Azorean Circus Arts Association 9’Circos and has been a logistic challenge all along. Unfortunately, there are no ferry connections whatsoever to the Azores but, on the other hand, several airlines fly to São Miguel island, including low cost companies, from European and American Continents.
We’re happy to inform jugglers living on the American continent that the Azores are closer than ever. You can check here that Azores Airlines has been connecting us with direct flights from Boston, Montreal, Toronto and Providence. Also, Delta Airlines recently started flying from New York to Ponta Delgada. A connection that will occur 5 times per week during the summer as you can check here.
Over 1300 jugglers from more than 40 countries already registered and we count with highlights such as Jay Gilligan and Toby Walker performing in our International Gala. Check our website and the most up-to-date information on our Facebook Page. If you have any questions you can send us a message or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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