IJA eNewsletter, September 2018

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Editors: Don Lewis and Martin Frost

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  • Chair’s message
  • Get Ready for Halloween
  • Latest articles in eJuggle
  • Upcoming juggling festivals




Chair’s message, by Exuro Piechocki

As we move into Autumn, I am reflecting on what it is that makes the IJA great. From small jobs at the festival, to the large tasks of implementing the programs of the IJA, the crux of the IJA’s capabilities comes from volunteers. Anyone can volunteer with the IJA, and it is those who care and are willing to give some of their time that help make our team efforts become real. We are still seeking to fill some important positions within the IJA, could you be the one for the job?


Some specific roles we need to fill within the coming year still are:

-Communications Director

-eNewsletter Editor

-Video Coordinator


If you have skills that you want to put forth, or ideas that you would like to see implemented, I invite you to step up and join those who are already taking action. If you are motivated to render assistance to fellow jugglers, but don’t see an existing position that fits you, let us know what you’d like to help with or what your strengths are. All of our programs exist because at some point, someone decided to step up and make it so. Serving the jugglers among us by volunteering within the IJA is one of the most fulfilling things I do with my time, and it could be for you as well.

Exuro Piechocki
IJA Chairman


Halloween 2018, by Don Lewis

It is the end of September and Halloween is about a month away. I still get lots of kids coming to my door for some candy each year. When else do you get to see so many kids that quickly?

On Halloween nights when it isn’t too cold, I stand out on the porch and juggle while kids and parents do the rounds. Its a good occasion to use some of my lighted props. Some kids self identify as jugglers, having learned to juggle balls and scarves in school programs. They tend to get a bit more candy, and information about local juggling resources.

The IJA business card is one way of getting information about juggling out to young people. You can download and print some to give away to young hob-goblins. If you have a local juggling club, print that information on the other side. You never know when a seed that you have spread will take root and thrive. Putting our web address out there will get at least a few hits.

Parents tend to wander around with herds of kids to keep the kids safe, and themselves amused. I regularly hear comments like “I used to juggle a bit in college…”. You need to encourage them to get back into it. It can be a great activity to share with the kids. There are lots of parents looking for fun activities to do on their day with the kids.

There are those who are discouraged by the price of good props, particularly clubs.  The Green Club Project solves that problem.  You can make really well balanced clubs from mostly recycled materials.  Plans are available for free in English, French, and Spanish on the IJA web site.  I’ve made lots of these clubs and given them away.  They are very easy to make, and are nearly indestructible. I’ve even seen illuminated Green Clubs with dollar store LED sets added that look fabulous.  

Outreach is important. Tomorrow’s club passers have to come from somewhere. You just never know when a small gesture is going to grow into a brand new juggler!

IJA Business Card

Green Club Project




Latest articles in eJuggle


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.

2018 Boston Juggling Festival
14 Sep – 16 Sep 2018
Cambridge, MA USA

Graülich Fire Juggling Convention
14 Sep – 16 Sep 2018
Rodemack, France

2018 Broxford Juggling Convention
15 Sep – 23 Sep 2018
Oxford OX44 9AR United Kingdom

2018 Kansas City Juggling Festival
21 Sep – 23 Sep 2018
Kansas City, MO USA

Camvention 2018 Cambridge Juggling Convention
22 Sep – 22 Sep 2018
Cambridge University Sports Centre, United Kingdom

Turkish Juggling Festival
24 Sep – 30 Sep 2018
Sundance Nature Village, Antalya 07980, Turkey

2018 Melbourne Juggling Festival
27 Sep – 1 Oct 2018
Collingwood, VIC, Australia

Portland Juggling Festival
28 Sep – 30 Sep 2018
Portland, OR

Herfst Jongleer Weekend
28 Sep – 30 Sep 2018
De Hems 16-20, 7522 NL Enschede, Netherlands

Ich Jonglier mit meiner Laterne
5 Oct – 7 Oct 2018
Ladenbeker Weg 13, 21033 Hamburg Germany

Philly Fest
5 Oct – 7 Oct 2018
Collingdale, PA

Manipulation 2018
18 Oct – 21 Oct 2018
Idyllwild, CA USA

Durham Juggling Convention
19 Oct – 21 Oct 2018
Shaw Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8TD, United Kingdom

FluggleBurgh Festival
26 Oct – 28 Oct 2018
Pittsburgh, PA

41st Groundhog Day Juggling Festival
25 Jan – 27 Jan 2019
Atlanta, GA USA

Mondo Juggling Festival
8 Feb – 10 Feb 2019
St. Paul, MN USA

British Juggling Convention
10 Apr – 14 Apr 2019
Nottingham, UK

2018 IJA Festival
24 June – 30 June 2019
Fort Wayne, IN USA

European Juggling Convention
3 Aug – 11 Aug 2019
Newark, NG24 2NY, UK

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