IJA eNewsletter – January 2019


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January 2019

Editor: Don Lewis

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Happy New Year !


  • Chair’s message
  • Festival News
  • Challenge Night at the IJA Festival
  • Silent Auction
  • 2020 Festival Director – Call for Letters of Interest
  • Anonymous Stuff
  • 2018 Festival Video available in IJA Store
  • Latest articles in eJuggle
  • Upcoming juggling festivals


2019 IJA Festival – Fort Wayne, Indiana – June 24 – 30, 2019

Yes, exceptionally the festival is in late June this time!

Check out Fort Wayne at https://www.visitfortwayne.com/#

Chair’s message, by Exuro Piechocki

The new year brings many new opportunities to grow yourself as a juggler and as a person. With this in mind, during this time of the year I am setting goals for myself to work towards over the coming months. I consider what juggling festivals I would like to attend, and in what capacity I would like to participate. If you haven’t yet, consider reaching out to a festival near you (maybe even to the IJA 2019 Festival Director, David Cain) to find out how you can render assistance to your community. Some common tasks associated with juggling festivals include the physical setup and take down of an event, helping at a registration table, leading a workshop, and offering a performance that you have been crafting, or the mental exercises of marketing, promoting, and planning the event. Setting goals oriented around your participation in the juggling community will not only help you to improve your skills as a performer or teacher of juggling, but also to strengthen your bonds with those around you to give a sense of personal satisfaction. 


In the recent months we’ve had a newfound outpouring of support from some of you who are interested in stepping up to help advance the IJA, with tasks ranging from translating tutorials to taking on major roles in our organizational structure. There is certainly no shortage of things that can be done, and we receive suggestions and ideas for how to expand our programming every week. We are however at a shortage of hours that can be invested by our existing volunteers, with some of them already committing as many hours each week as they give to their jobs outside of the IJA. Since stepping into the role of serving you as Chair, I have grown to learn where our organizational strengths and weaknesses lie. It is my hope to strengthen the areas where the IJA could use assistance, while maintaining the high level of quality that our existing programs already provide. Whether you can provide 1 hour or 100 hours per month, I invite you to let us know what strengths of yours you can devote to the tight knit team of volunteers within the IJA by completing this short questionnaire which was prepared by another one of those volunteering their time and energy to the IJA.


Looking forward,

Exuro Piechocki
IJA Chairman


Festival News, by David Cain

Registration for this year’s IJA Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana, held June 24th to June 30th, will be coming soon; hopefully in late February. This year’s Festival will have all the incredible shows, competitions, and workshops that you’ve come to expect plus several new or returning events that will make this a festival you don’t want to miss.

We’re also excited that the convention center, theater, and hotels are all top-notch and incredibly close to each other. Stay tuned for more details and registration information, but please put these dates on your calendar right now!

Challenge Night at the IJA Festivalby Nathan Wakefield

This year’s IJA Festival will feature a special event called ‘Challenge Night’. Just what is ‘Challenge Night’? It’s your opportunity to put your juggling abilities up against some of the gnarliest juggling props ever created! Test your skills against:


    – Floaty Clubs – Think of a juggling club only with oversized bodies and when they are thrown, they float down slowly and unpredictably. Yeah, that’s what you’re up against.      


– Chaos Rings – Some of you may recall the Chaos Clubs from the 2014 and 2017 IJA Festivals. These props looked like normal clubs on the outside, but the deceptive weights made them   nearly impossible to juggle on the first attempt. This year, the ring counterpart is ready to be unleashed!

  – Slippery Clubs – You may be a respectable five club juggler, but can you juggle five clubs without the comfort of a handle that lends to gripping? These handles were made to slip and slide   out of your grasp!      

– Mega Clubs – These very well might be the largest-bodied clubs ever created. Can you juggle these in a pattern without collisions?      

– Mega Balls – Imagine balls so large, you don’t even know how to start juggling them. But even if you do get them up in the air, how do you keep them going?

These are just a few of the events that will happen at challenge night. We have plenty of surprises in store for the night. Challenge Night will take place Monday evening at the festival and is open to all attendees. We hope to see your talents on display! 

Silent Auction at the 2019 IJA Festival, by Nathan Wakefield

We’re bringing back the silent auction at this year’s IJA Festival! Currently, we are in the early stages of collecting various memorabilia and other juggling-related goods to offer to at the event. The proceeds raised from the auction will go directly back to the IJA to help support the many programs and functions that we serve world wide. If you have anything you would like to graciously donate to the silent auction (props, books, posters, etc.), please contact IJA Festival Director David Cain: festival2019@juggle.org


2020 IJA Festival Director – Call for Letters of Interest, by Exuro Piechocki

The search is on for who will direct the 2020 IJA Festival! The 2020 IJA Festival will be in El Paso, Texas, July 13-19, and we are now looking for who will be the Festival Director for this event.


The Festival Director works closely with all aspects of the event and is responsible for overseeing the production of the festival. Each year the director assembles a team of volunteers to assist in the production and operations of the festival, and works with the IJA staff and board to create an unforgettable experience for all of us to participate in. There are a number of events that happen every year such as the competitions and shows, but there is some creative freedom left to the director for what the festival will offer. Take for example the Film Festival being held at the 2019 festival under the guidance of this year’s Festival Director, David Cain.


If you believe that you have what it takes to create the greatest week of juggling in 2020, or if you’re interested in more information about what the job entails, please contact IJA Chair Exuro Piechocki (ija.chair@juggle.org). Please respond by March 31st, 2019.

Anonymous Stuff, by Don Lewis

It is a New Year, and the festival season is already under way.  Turbo Fest is usually my first festival of the year and as usual it was a great way to start the year.  Each festival also attracts a few new jugglers.  They can become so bemused by everything happening around them that they sometimes get separated from the objects that they juggle.  Now that would never happen to the rest of us, would it?

All of the assorted things that we love to chuck up in the air are collectively referred to as props.  More generically it is stuff.  Latin aficionados would probably use the word “impedimenti”.  Each of the specific subgroups of things have their own genus and species which can vary by location.  In the French speaking world a juggling club is referred to as “une massue”, except in Québec where it is called “un quille”; somewhat like the argument between pins and clubs.  

Regardless of what you call it, any juggling festival is going to be awash in stuff.  Some of it will be in the air, and the rest will be scattered around just about anywhere it can be left, dropped, kicked, stumbled over, or just plain lost.

I know you would recognize your particular bits anywhere, just because there’s a scratch somewhere that only you can see – or something.  In a sea of club passing, a devotee may be grabbing to pickup the white club that was badly thrown to him or her and accidentally grab your white club with the invisible scratch.  That club may get dropped somewhere else in the pattern and wind up in another scatter of clubs.  The poor club may get a few new scuff marks on the way and now look more forlorn than you expect.

Put your name on your stuff!  Little dots, circles, pen ticks may help you identify things, but they are useless to anyone who has found your thing and wants to get it back to you.  “Will the owner of the slightly used white club please come to the registration table?”  Have you ever tried to count the number of generic white clubs you see at a festival?  It doesn’t end well.

Don’t be shy.  Use your name. Don’t be ashamed if your stuff looks a bit beaten up.  You can aways say that you left your good stuff at home.  In fact, lots of people do just that.  They have ratty looking stuff for festivals and practice, and flashy looking stuff for performance.

Those who get to clean up after a festival are usually left with a box of fairly decent looking things that are totally unidentified.  Somebody calls or emails to ask if xxx was found.  Yes, we say, we have several of those to choose from – which one of these similar and totally anonymous objects might be yours?

Put your name on your things, or your serial number, or something unique.  Remember what you brought with you and check your bag before you close it up.  A toddler once had a grand time putting every ball he could find into my prop bag.  Fortunately I noticed and was able to oblige the obliviot parents to figure out how to get the stuff back where it came from.  Pay attention! Jugglers are respectful of others’ stuff – unsupervised toddlers can be merchants of the unexpected.

2018 Festival Video Available

The DVD is up and can be purchased in our online store here: https://ym.juggle.org/store/ViewProduct.aspx?id=12959088


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.

New Zealand Juggling and Circus Festival 2019
31 Jan – 3 Feb 2019
834 Wright Rd, Aongatete, 3178 New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Hawaii Flow Festival 2019
1 Feb – 3 Feb 2019
Pele’s Breath Hawai’i, 13-3775 Pahoa-Kalapana Road, Pahoa, Hawaii 96778 USA

Frostbite Flow Arts Camp
7 Feb – 10 Feb 2019
Army Lake Camp, N8725 Army Lake Rd. East Troy, WI 53120 USA

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

2. Oderwitzer Jonglierconvention
8 Feb – 10 Feb 2019
Sporthalle Oberoderwitz, Am Dorfbach 21, 02791 Oderwitz Germany (Deutschland)

Glühwein Convention 2019
8 Feb – 10 Feb 2019
Salle Lucien Geng, 26 Rue de Kembs, Habsheim 68440 France

Bath UpChuck 2019

    9 Feb – 9 Feb 2019

    University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY UK


Austin Jugglefest XXVI
22 Feb – 24 Feb 2019
1201 Payton Gin Rd., Austin TX, 78758 USA

Tropical Island Invasion 2019

    22 Feb – 24 Feb 2019

    Tropical-Islands-Allee 1, 15910 Krausnick Germany (Deutschland)


Belfast Juggling Funvention!
23 Feb – 24 Feb 2019
Stranmillis University College, Belfast BT9 5 UK

6. Wintercon 2019

    1 Mar – 3 Mar 2019

    Kulturzentrum dasHaus Ludwigshafen, Bahnhofsstraße 30, 67059 Ludwigshafen Germany (Deutschland)


Juggling Kohlvention Oldenburg
1 Mar – 3 Mar 2019
Unisport Oldenburg, Uhlhornsweg 49-55, 26129 Oldenburg Germany (Deutschland)

Pocono Juggle/Circus Arts Fest 2019

    1 Mar – 3 Mar 2019

   Panther Valley Jr/Sr High School, 912 Coal Region Way, Lansford, PA 18232 USA


University of Waterloo Juggling Festival
15 Mar – 17 Mar 2019
University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

FlowMotion Symposium 2019

   15 Mar – 17 Mar 2019

   Monroe Convention Center, 302 S College Ave, Bloomington, Indiana 47403 USA


WeltenCon 3.0
29 Mar – 31 Mar 2019
Raiffeisenstrasse 25, 24392 Süderbrarup Germany (Deutschland)

The 42nd RIT Spring Juggle-In

   5 Apr – 7 Apr 2019

   1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester NY USA


Tucson Juggling Festival 2019

   5 Apr – 7 Apr 2019

   Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona 85737 USA


British Juggling Convention

    10 Apr – 14 Apr 2019

    Nottingham, UK


Flame Festival 2019

   11 Apr – 14 Apr 2019

   2035 Old Mineral Springs Road, La Fayette, GA 30728-6876 USA


2. Ab ‘in Pott – Convention

   12 Apr – 15 Apr 2019

   Anne-Frank Gesamtschule, Carl-Holtschneider-Straße 8-10, 44145 Dortmund Germany (Deutschland)


Aichtaler Jonglierconvention

   19 Apr – 22 Apr 2019

   Aichbachwasen 2, 72631 Grötzingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Germany (Deutschland)


IJC 2019

   21 Apr – 25 Apr 2019

   Gan HaShlosa National Park, Israel Israel (ישראל)


Dali Flow Festival 2019

   22 Apr – 29 Apr 2019

   Dali – yunnan – China China (中国)


Adelaide Juggling Convention

   25 Apr – 28 Apr 2019

   Goodwood Community Centre 32/34 Rosa Street, Goodwood, South Australia, Australia Australia


Ignite 2019 (5th anniversary)

   26 Apr – 28 Apr 2019

   T’île Malines Rode Kruisplein 12, 2800 Mechelen Belgium (België)


Thomas Dietz Jonglier-Convention bei der Traumfabrik

   26 Apr – 28 Apr 2019

   Regensburger Turnerschaft e.V., Schopperpl. 6, 93059 Regensburg, Germany Germany (Deutschland)


Universal Flow Gathering 2019

   2 May – 5 May 2019

   Apple Valley, California 92307 USA


Manchester Aerial & Acrobatics Convention

   3 May – 5 May 2019

   Ordsall Leisure Centre, Manchester, M5 3JW UK


Bungay Balls Up 2019 – XX!

   17 May – 27 May 2019

   Hulver Farm, St Michael South Elmham, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1NF UK


Berlin FeuerCamp Convention

   24 May – 26 May 2019

   Abenteuerzentrum im Grunewald, Eichhörnchensteig 3, 14193 Berlin Germany (Deutschland)


Festival Cirkulart

   24 May – 26 May 2019

   Kaštieľský Park, Stupava, Slovakia Slovakia (Slovenská republika)


Seattle Juggling Festival

   24 May – 26 May 2019

   674 South Orcas Street, Seattle, WA 98108 USA


21. Freiburger Jonglierfestival

   30 May – 2 Jun 2019

   Sporthallen der Wentzinger Schulen; Seepark, Falkenbergerstraße 21, 79110 Freiburg im Breisgau Germany


NICE Jonglierfestival 2019

   30 May – 2 Jun 2019

   Neue Mittelschule/Florianer Halle St.Florian, Wiener Straße 44, 4490 St.Florian Austria (Österreich)


6. BachritterCon – Jonglier- und Akrobatikconvention

   13 Jun – 16 Jun 2019

   Bachritterburg Kanzach, Riedlingerstraße 12 88422 Kanzach Germany (Deutschland)


Alle mitmischen #11

   13 Jun – 16 Jun 2019

   Biedermeierstrand, 04435 Hayna, Sachsen Germany (Deutschland)


2019 IJA Festival

    24 June – 30 June 2019

    Fort Wayne, IN USA


European Unicycle Championships 2019

    25 Jul – 4 Aug 2019

    Milaanstraat 115, 6135 LH Sittard Netherlands (Nederland)


European Juggling Convention

    3 Aug – 11 Aug 2019

    Newark, NG24 2NY, UK


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