IJA eNewsletter, October 2016

Editors: Don Lewis and Martin Frost

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  • Chair’s message
  • Breaking news: 2017 IJA Fest to have free brunch all week for attendees
  • Video Tutorial Contest open during November
  • Roger Dollarhide selling some old juggling books
  • IJA Honorary Awards nominations open
  • IJA video archive
  • eNewsletter content
  • IJA Regional Competitions – South America
  • Latest articles in eJuggle
  • Upcoming juggling festivals

Chair’s message, by Nathan Wakefield

We’ve got a lot of great things going at the IJA with our programs right now.

The IRC program continues to take off at a rapid speed. In fact, as I write this, IJA IRC Coordinator Erin Stephens is in Colombia for the Bogotá IRC. This event has one of the highest number of competitor entrants yet! We are excited to coordinate these regional competitions and are looking forward to the future of this program. To get a glance at some of the action that takes place at an IRC, check out our recently released IRC South America 2015 highlights video.

Our Youth Juggling Academy program continues to evolve. Galen Harp from The Institute of Jugglology (2014 IJA Teams Champions) was just approved as our new YJA Program Coordinator. Galen has been an active part of the YJA for years along with his juggling partner Ellen Winters, who is stepping down from the Coordinator position. There is already talk about diversifying the program further and expanding in new directions. Be on the lookout for more juggling educational news in the coming months.

Speaking of education, after taking a year off, we are pleased to announce that we are bringing back the IJA Video Tutorial Contest! Program Director Thom Wall has been hard at work organizing the 2016 VTC over the last few months, and we have some great prize packages lined up! Check out the official VTC contest page for rules, prizes and submission guidelines; and follow the Facebook event page for discussion on the contest as it unfolds. The action kicks off November 1st and entries are accepted through November 30th, so dust off your teaching caps and start planning now!

In other news, we are currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Honorary IJA Awards. If you have someone (or sometwos or somethrees) in mind that you feel would be nicely suited for one of our awards, drop the Awards Committee a line at awards@juggle.org and let them know who you would like to be considered and why.

Seeing great things on the horizon,

Nathan Wakefield
IJA Chairman

Breaking news: 2017 IJA Fest to have free brunch all week for attendees

We have just received confirmation from our anonymous donor iiWii that we will again have a free brunch all week for attendees of the 2017 IJA Festival in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 10-16, 2017.  The free brunch was very popular this year in El Paso.  It saved not only money but time and it gave people an opportunity to sit down for the meal with other jugglers and to make new friends.  Look for more info on the 2017 IJA fest over the next few months.  Preliminary information is available now on the IJA festival page, which will be updated as new details are available.

Video Tutorial Contest open during November

The Video Tutorial Contest is an online educational throwdown open to jugglers, object manipulators, flow artists and physical performers across all disciplines. A panel of expert judges evaluates all entries and scores them according to their educational, production and entertainment values.

The top ten videos will be awarded prize packages, each containing lots of good prizes donated by vendors from all over the juggling community.  First place includes an IJA Festival Package, among other prizes.  Some additional categories are added from year to year to mix things up!

Entries to the 2016 contest will be accepted from November 1st through November 30th, 2016. Winners will be announced on or around December 8th, 2016.  For more details and to enter the contest, please see the Video Tutorial Contest page.

IJA Video Tutorial Contest Rules in Brief

– You do NOT need to be an IJA member to participate in this event.
– Ten winners will be selected by the judges.
– All videos must mention the “IJA Video Tutorial Contest” in text, audio, or video. If using text or video, this must be on screen for a minimum of three (3) seconds. YouTube annotations are not sufficient to meet this requirement.
– All areas of object manipulation are permitted.
– The IJA reserves the right to disqualify videos that do not meet official rule criteria.
– You may not use copyrighted music in your video.
– You may submit as many videos as you like. Creating one good video, however, would give you better odds of winning than creating three mediocre videos.
– Videos must be submitted by the 11:59pm, Pacific Time on the last day of the submission month (November, this year).

Full rules are available in English and in Spanish.

Roger Dollarhide selling some old juggling books, by Martin Frost

Long time IJA photographer Roger Dollarhide is downsizing and would like to see a few old juggling books (and other items) get into good hands.  They’re “for sale cheap”, he says.  Contact him at rogerdollarhide@comcast.net if you’re interested in any or all of his items listed below.  He says: “All are in good to excellent condition. Total weight is 4.5 lbs.  Actual value unknown.  Reasonable offer accepted.”

Nikolai Ernestowitch Bauman, DIE KUNST DES JONGLIERENS
Rudolf Dittrich, JUGGLING
Markku Aulanko Gammals, SIRKUSTEMPPUJA (In Finnish-inscribed by author 1987)
JUGGLE BUG, THE PATH TO JUGGLING (Pamphlet on 3 ball juggling)
JUGGLE VISION, The IJA DVD Magazine Number One, April 2007 (DVD)
Michael Kara, KONIG DER JONGLEURE (In German)
Harry Moll, THE ART OF JUGGLING (Booklet that came with set of 6 MOLL BALLS)

IJA Honorary Awards nominations open

The IJA Awards Committee is seeking nominations for honorary IJA awards that are given out at the annual festival. See the awards descriptions and past winners.  Who do you think deserves an IJA award?  Send nominations or comments to: awards@juggle.org.

IJA video archive … and music copyrights, by Don Lewis

For years now, the IJA has captured on video the highlights of the annual IJA festival. Initially this was done on various formats of analog videotape. More recently the recordings have been digital. In an effort to preserve this precious archive of the competitions and special festival moments, the IJA is digitizing most of the content onto disk.

This should be a phenomenal resource. Unfortunately there is an issue with the use of music in the videos that keeps us from making these historical videos available to members.  Copyright laws and regulations have evolved significantly since the dawn of digital distribution formats.  We respect that, of course, while still seeking legal ways to make archival juggling material available to members.

Competition routines almost always use music. That isn’t a problem in the gym or theatre because the IJA or the venue buys licenses that cover the right to play music during the week. The fees that we pay go into a general copyright fund and are quite reasonable. As you are sitting in your seat in the theatre, you are legally hearing music that the IJA has a permit to play.

The problem arises when one wants to reproduce copyrighted music and distribute it in a different format like in a video. The music that you legally heard in the theatre during the competition may represent a copyright violation if you watch a replay anywhere else after the event. The RIAA aggressively prosecutes violations of their copyrights. It does not matter that the music is just background to the juggling performance to the RIAA. If we were to put our video assets online, we might be considered to be distributing copyrighted music without a license.

The copyright issue has been less of a problem for us recently since we have been encouraging competitors to use royalty free – public domain music. Other organizations have simply given up trying to maintain a video archive on the assumption that the RIAA issues will always be insurmountable.

A casual inquiry many years ago suggested that the cost of video reproduction rights for a small number of DVDs would be on the order of $5000 per tune. An astonishing cost that we could never hope to pay.

Copyright law has been much under discussion in recent years. The RIAA has aggressively defended their turf in some aspects. And yet, in some circumstances there are videos on YouTube with apparent copyright music that manages to stay online. YouTube is pretty quick to take down videos that violate copyrights, so how is some stuff staying online?

If there are any members out there that have current expertise in intellectual property rights, or have access to someone who does, we would like to hear ideas about how we could legally make some of our older video archives available.

eNewsletter content

This newsletter is sent out eleven times a year to IJA members.  We use it to let you know about things that are happening at the IJA in a timely manner.  

It also regularly includes links to articles published in the IJA’s ezine eJuggle, a listing of upcoming juggling events/festivals and important information about the next IJA festival.  While the newsletter is only sent to IJA members, you may forward it to other interested people, such as members of your local juggling club.  We do not try to maintain a separate list of non-members who would like to receive the newsletter.  Interested non-members may download a copy from the IJA website.  We do not send the newsletter out widely and indiscriminately because we do not want to be thought of as spamming people.  

If there is some juggling related activity that you would like other jugglers to know about, please submit an article.  Articles received by the middle of the month generally are included in the issue that is sent out towards the end of the month.

IJA Regional Competitions – South America

IRC South America 2016 Bogota

We are excited to announce the medalists of the IRC Sudamerica 2016 Bogotá:

     Gold: Erick Israel Frutos of Ecuador

  Silver: Anderson Pereira da Silva of Brazil

  Bronze: Geison Andres Estupinan of Colombia

This event took place October 29 at SOFA, a massive Comicon/Urban Art festival, in Bogota, Colombia – in collaboration with the Colombian Circus Convention.  17 people entered the preliminaries, and 10 finalists were selected by the prelims judges: Jay Gilligan, Ori Roth and Brenm Corso.  It was an amazing lineup of some of the best juggling talent in South America.

IRC South America 2016 Santiago: November 6, 2016

The IJA is excited to be partnering with Organic Juggling to host a second IRC in Santiago, Chile. Organic Juggling hosts mo(nthly “Encuentros de Malabarismo”, or juggling meetings, which attract upwards of 1,000 juggle each month. The IRC will be in combination with the 32 Encuentro on November 5-6. It will be a 2-day event featuring workshops, shows, games, and of course, the IJA Regional Competition. Check out our informative webpage (in Spanish) at: www.juggle.org/irc/sudamerica2016santiago

We are excited to see how these events go. Stay tuned to the IJA Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on the finalists and for videos highlighting the competitions both during and after the events.

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Upcoming juggling festivals

For a list of even more festivals, check the worldwide juggling event listings on our website at: www.juggle.org/events.

If you’re organizing a juggling festival (or if you simply know of a juggling fest) and you want to advertise it in the IJA eNewsletter, just drop a note to eNewsletter editor Don Lewis ijanews@juggle.org. Such listings are free.

The eNewsletter comes out near the end of each month. Your festival can be listed for a few months, and you don’t have to be an IJA affiliate to have a fest listed. Hey, jugglers want to know about juggling fests. Help them out and get more jugglers to your fest at the same time.

II Convenção de Malabarismo e Circo de Florianópolis
    12 Nov – 15 Nov 2016
    Camping Parque do Rio Vermelho, Rodovia João Gualberto Soares, Florianópolis Brazil (Brasil)

10º Convención Uruguaya de Malabares y Circo
    17 Nov – 20 Nov 2016
    Canelones, Uruguay Uruguay

1ª Convención Argentina de Malabares
    24 Nov – 27 Nov 2016
    Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Ruta Nacional 36 – Km. 601, 5800 Río Cuarto, Córdoba Argentina

Juggling Convention in SPB (Russia)
    25 Nov – 27 Nov 2016
    Russia, Saint Petersburg, Bolshaya Pushkarskaya 20 “OBLAKO” Russia (Россия)

Juggle Vegas
    15 Dec – 18 Dec 2016
    Las Vegas, NV USA

WJF 12 – Skillcon 2016
    16 Dec – 23 Dec 2016
    Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino, 3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103 USA

Turbo Fest 11
    5 Jan – 8 Jan 2017
    750 2e Avenue, Quebec, Canada Canada

Dansk Jonglørtræf 2017 (Danish Juggling Convention)
    6 Jan – 8 Jan 2017
    Skanderborg Denmark (Danmark)

Nederlandse Kampioenschappen Jongleren 2017 (Dutch Open Juggling Championships 2017)
    7 Jan – 8 Jan 2017
    De Cacaofabriek, Cacaokade 1, 5705 LA Helmond Netherlands (Nederland)

InJuCo 2017 – Indian Juggling Convention
    16 Jan – 22 Jan 2017
    Arambol Beach, Goa, India India

Newcastle Juggling Convention 2017
    26 Jan – 29 Jan 2017
    Callaghan College Waratah Technology Campus, 24 Turton Road, Newcastle, New South Wales 2298 Australia

The 10th Western Australian Circus Festival
    27 Jan – 29 Jan 2017
    Lunar Circus Site, Karridale, Margaret River, Western Australia Australia

39th Annual Atlanta Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival
    3 Feb – 5 Feb 2017
    Yaarab Shrine Center, 400 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308

Belfast Juggling Convention
    10 Feb – 12 Feb 2017
    Queen’s University Students’ Union, University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NF UK

Austin Jugglefest XXIV
    24 Feb – 26 Feb 2016
    Seeger Gymnasium, Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress Ave, Austin TX 78704

40th Annual RIT Spring Juggle IN
    7 Apr – 9 Apr 2017
    RIT, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester NY 14623 USA

Air Raid Juggling Club 1st Annual Juggling Convention
    20 May – 21 May 2017
    Charlottesville, VA USA

70th Annual IJA Juggling Festival 2017 – Cedar Rapids
    10 Jul – 16 Jul 2017
    US Cellular Center Complex, Cedar Rapids, Iowa USA