IJA eNewsletter, November 2017

Editors: Don Lewis and Martin Frost

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  • Chair’s message
  • Your holiday shopping can support the IJA
  • IRC fundraising campaign
  • IJA award nominations open
  • Saloon by Cirque Éloize
  • Latest articles in eJuggle
  • Upcoming juggling festivals


Chair’s message, by Nathan Wakefield

The Holidays are just around the corner, and giving is in the air (as well as the usual balls, clubs, and rings)!

If you’re looking to pick up some props for that special juggler in your life, we’ve got you covered with plenty of great deals through our Vendor Discount Program. IJA members receive a multitude of special discounts from participating vendors. Save money on traditional props, fire/danger gear, and even the entire digitized JUGGLE magazine set. Just stop on over to our Vendor Discount Program page, log in, and check out all the details.

For those who seek to make charitable contributions, we are extremely appreciative for your donations to the IJA, which help us maintain our year-round operations and fund our programs.  The IJA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and donations made in the US are deductible on federal tax returns to the extent allowed by law.  On our donations page, you can select specific functions you would like to help support, such as our IRC program, where your donation before the end of 2017 may be doubled by a generous donor.

If you shop at Amazon, you can help the IJA by making your purchases at Amazon Smile so that, at no cost to you, Amazon will donate a small percentage of your price to the IJA. Just select the International Jugglers’ Association as your charity the first time you go to smile.amazon.com.

Spending aside, the holidays are about spending time with those you care about. It’s a good opportunity to meet up with old passing partners or reminisce with old festival buddies you may not have spoken with recently. Juggler or not, however, this time of year is a nice reminder to look at the big picture and spend time with those we care about.

Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season,

Nathan Wakefield
IJA Chairman



Your holiday shopping can support the IJA

Your holiday shopping can support the IJA without any extra cost to you.  If you buy online from Amazon, a one-time change can benefit the IJA.  Simply point your browser at smile.amazon.com.  It is exactly the same website, but your first time there you will be asked to select a charity you would like to support.  Choose the International Jugglers’ Association from the long list of choices.  Ask your friends and family to do so as well.  There is no cost to you, but the IJA will get a small percentage of each transaction amount, and that can add up.  So it is worth doing.  Feel even better about shopping for the holidays!

Also, take advantage of the IJA’s Vendor Discount Program in which prop suppliers offer IJA members a discount as their way of supporting the IJA.  Check out the offerings and watch for any special deals.  Do you have juggling friends who are not members of the IJA?  Please tell them about the Vendor Discount Program, as well as eJuggle exclusive videos and articles for members, to encourage them to join the IJA.



IRC fundraising campaign, by Erin Stephens

This holiday season, we invite you to give towards inspiring the progress of excellence in juggling, uniting the international juggling community, and sharing the awesomeness of juggling with the world – through donating to support the future of the IJA Regional Competitions (IRCs). 

The next $7,000 in donations will be matched by our partnering donors!


Best ways to support the IRCs:

  • Donate – Because a program is only as awesome as its funding!
  • Matching funds – Contribute a matching amount, to match donations made dollar for dollar, up to a specific amount.
  • Spread the word – Share the campaign on your social media networks to help us spread the word. The more shares a campaign has, the more likely it is that it will reach its goal!
  • Sponsorship – Are you part of, or close to, a corporation that offers sponsorships and/or charitable donations? Encourage them to support the IRCs.

About The IRCs

The IJA Regional Competitions aim to inspire the progress and excellence of juggling, unite the international juggling community, and share the awesomeness of juggling with the world. Donate now to help grow this amazing art form into 2018 and beyond.

Since the beginning in 2011, there have been 19 IJA Regional Competitions in 11 countries. These events have created a ripple effect on the advancement of juggling worldwide, launching the careers of many young jugglers and inspiring the progress of entire regional juggling communities. The funds raised during this campaign will allow the IRCs to grow from 6 competitions in 2017 to 9 in 2018, to be hosted in the countries of: Benin, Taiwan, El Salvador, Mexico, Russia, Afghanistan, Australia, Turkey and Paraguay.

Donor Rewards

To show appreciation for all the donations coming in, we have created three fabulous reward structures for donors. These include:

  • Financial Milestone Video Pledges from 30+ jugglers, including Viktor Kee, Jonglissimo, Gena Shvartsman Cristiani, Wes Peden, Paul Ponce, Tuan Le, Svetlana Zueva and many more. See the full list on our IRC fundraising page.
  • #JuggleGiving Raffle – Get a chance to win virtual training sessions with some of the best pros in the business, including The Passing Zone, Steven Ragatz, Jay Gilligan and more. Learn about these special prizes in the description on the IRC fundraising page.
  • Donate $50 or more to be added to the IRC VIP Facebook Group and get ready to see special behind the scenes footage, interviews and more from the IRCs of 2018.

Any jugglers who donated through Facebook on #GivingTuesday, and want to be added to any of the above awards options, please write to marketing@juggle.org.

No matter how big or small your donation is – it is HUGELY appreciated! Thank you for your #JuggleGiving this holiday season!

Learn more about the IRCs.




IJA award nominations open

Start thinking about who you would like to nominate for an honorary IJA award to be presented at the IJA Festival next summer.  Our website lists all the previous IJA award honorees. Nominations are open for the following IJA awards:

In recognition of excellence in the art of juggling through professional performance.

In recognition of a lifetime of influential work and extraordinary achievement in juggling performance.

In recognition of years of coaching and mentoring jugglers to help create and improve their acts.

In recognition of a consistent commitment to provide outstanding support and promotion for the field of juggling.

In recognition of outstanding efforts to teach juggling to non-jugglers and expand the knowledge of those who already juggle.

In recognition for providing exceptional promotion to the public of the art of juggling.

This year’s Awards Committee members are: Alan Howard, Jay Gilligan and Bob Neuman.

Please submit nominations to awards@juggle.org by December 6.


Saloon by Cirque Éloize,
reviewed by Don Lewis

Last month I wrote that I had seen Cirque Eloize’s show Saloon and enjoyed it a lot.  I asked them for some information about the jugging in the show which they have graciously provided.  It didn’t make the deadline for last month’s newsletter, so here it is now.

The juggler in the show is Jules Trupin.  He has studied widely at circus schools in Europe, most recently at Châlons-en-Champagne.  You can read his bio at https://www.cirque-eloize.com/fr/biographies/biographie-jules-trupin/

The show is a non-stop musical that grabs your attention and had a lot of the audience bouncing in their seats to the music.  There is a lot of variety on stage considering the small cast, and the transition between acts was very well done.  The following photos were provided by Cirque Éloize.




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Upcoming juggling festivals

Below is a list of some upcoming juggling festivals.  For a list of even more fests, check our worldwide juggling event listings.

To get a festival listed here for free, just drop a note to us at ijanews@juggle.org.  Hey, jugglers want to know about juggling fests.  Help them out and get more jugglers to your fest at the same time.

Richmond Juggling Convention 2017
    16 Dec – 17 Dec 2017
    Richmond Waldorf School, 1301 Robin Hood Road, Richmond, Virginia 23227 USA

Open Dutch Juggling Championship 2018
    6 Jan – 7 Jan 2018
    Cacaokade 1, 5705 LA Helmond, Netherlands Netherlands

Newcastle Juggling Convention 2018
    25 Jan – 28 Jan 2018
    Callaghan College Waratah Technology Campus, Newcastle, NSW, 2298, Australia

Game Of Throws: A Juggling-Flow Festival
    26 Jan – 28 Jan 2018
    Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, United States USA

40th Annual Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival
    2 Feb – 4 Feb 2018
    Yaarab Shrine Center Recreation Building, 400 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308 USA

Brno Juggling Convention 2018
    9 Feb – 11 Feb 2018
    University campus Brno, Kamenice 5, 625 00, Czech Republic

Belfast Juggling Funvention 2018
    15 Feb – 18 Feb 2018
    Queen’s University Students’ Union, University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NF, United Kingdom

New Zealand Juggling and Circus Festival 2018
    15 Feb – 18 Feb 2018
    Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds, Kenilworth Rd, Hastings 4122 New Zealand

Mondo Juggling & Unicycle Festival
    16 Feb – 18 Feb 2018
    Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota USA

Austin Jugglefest XXV
    23 Feb – 25 Feb 2018
    1102 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704 USA

26th Annual University of Waterloo Juggling Festival
    23 Mar – 25 Mar 2018
    University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 Canada

The 25th Israel Juggling Convention (IJC)
    1 Apr – 5 Apr 2018
    Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sahne), Israel Israel (ישראל)

British Juggling Convention 2018
    3 Apr – 9 Apr 2018
    The Langton School, Langton Lane, Canterbury, Kent UK

Congress of Jugglers 2018
    20 Apr – 22 Apr 2018
    Ritchie Coliseum, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland USA

71st Annual IJA Juggling Festival
    16 Jul – 22 Jul 2018
    Springfield, MA USA

41st European Juggling Convention 2018, Azores
    28 Jul – 5 Aug 2018
    Sao Miguel, Azores Portugal