IJA eNewsletter – May 2019


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May 2019

Editor: Don Lewis

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  • Online Voting – IJA 2019 Board Elections
  • Candidate statements
  • Festival hotels, room & ride Sharing
  • Workshop schedule announced
  • More special guests for this year’s festival announced
  • IJA’s second annual Fight Night
  • A change in show plans
  • Albert Lucas demo / Q & A session added to the festival
  • 2019 Championships competitors announced
  • Silent auction at this year’s festival
  • Busking and circus entertainment near Fort Wayne
  • Things to do in Fort Wayne
  • Welcome Flow Juggle to the IJA vendor discount program
  • World Juggling Day T-Shirts and event registration (Don’t miss this article! It is near the end of the newsletter)
  • 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/#

Online voting is open in the 2019 IJA Board of Directors Election

The annual IJA election for members of the Board of Directors takes place at the IJA Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on June 26, 2019. You can vote at the fest or you can vote online before the fest and save your festival time for juggling.

The IJA Board of Directors is comprised of seven people who make policy and collectively decide on the direction of the IJA. Each director is elected for a two-year term.There are three director positions up for election this year, so IJA members can vote for up to three people in this election.  The nominees and their statements are listed below.   


All regular, life, youth, and family IJA members who are at least 13 years of age as of June 26, 2019, can vote.


You can vote either:
(1) ONLINE until 11:59pm EDT, Saturday, June 22, 2019; or
(2) ON-SITE at the IJA Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

Online voting is easy and only takes a minute or two. Or if you’ll be at the IJA Festival, you can vote there in person on June 26, 2019.

To vote ONLINE before the festival, first Sign In at:  https://ym.juggle.org.  

Then cast your votes at the online voting page:  https://ym.juggle.org/surveys/?id=2019election

Here are the nominees for member of the IJA Board of Directors.  The statements from candidates follow below.

Amy Wieliczka

As a member of the juggling and flow arts communities for the past decade, juggling has been at times a pastime, a hobby, and a profession. More importantly, it has been a community crossing all kinds of social barriers, a practice that supports and teaches me, and a motivation that pushes me outside of my comfort zones for the sake of bettering myself and my community.

Through juggling, I’ve learned how to collaborate with others and take feedback on something so deeply personal and opinionated as expressive artworks—and I’ve carried this through to how I work with my team as a software engineer for the California Digital Library. I’ve learned how to read legal documents and negotiate with lawyers, for juggling and for my community, since I built (and subsequently had to shut down) a live/work warehouse space for circus artists. I’ve learned how to be a leader—particularly when I coordinated 50 people for 8 months to produce a 30-minute performance at Burning Man—and I’ve carried this experience forward to working with a non-profit startup to create and implement a sustainable business model for a non-profit arts workspace in West Oakland. I’ve learned time management, since I find myself in a place of having multiple passions in life for my software engineering work as well as my juggling work, and my life is structured around pursuing both of these interests. Most of all, I’ve learned how to fail, pick up my drops, and always keep trying.

For all of these reasons, I think juggling has brought me to a place in life to be a great fit for the IJA Board of Directors. I’m excited to continue pursuing all of the different kinds of connections I make through juggling, excited to continue supporting this community and the individuals within it, and excited to continue sharing the benefits of juggling far and wide.

Exuro Piechocki
I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the 2019 – 2021 term of the IJA Board of Directors. I have been a member of the Board for one term, beginning in 2017, and have served as Chair since 2018. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the IJA and its members in this role, and I hope to continue to do so for a second term. I believe that my continued service to the IJA has the power to play a critical role in the stability, growth, and longevity of the organization.

In my time on the board, the IJA has seen moderate growth in almost all areas, exciting development in future planning, and a successful festival. Membership is at a 5 year high and the year round programs of the IJA have expanded. While there have been challenges of varying degree along the way, there have been no major setbacks to the success of the IJA. I have done my best to handle all of the tasks that come with the duties of Chair with humility, grace, and as unbiased and impartial of a voice as is necessitated by the seat. I believe that I have built a comprehensive understanding of most the inner workings of the IJA, both in terms of where we are at and where we are trying to go. For all of these reasons and more, I believe that I am an ideal candidate for the coming term. I ask for your vote in support as I offer myself in service for another term of continuing to render assistance to you, my fellow jugglers.

Eric Shibuya
My first term on the Board has been a great learning experience. I have been connected with juggling and the IJA for nearly 30 years, but my last two years have been some of the most inspirational and educational of my involvement with juggling. I am proud to be a part of this Board and associated with our Officer team. The increasing visibility of the IJA Regional Competitions, the development of the IJA Patreon, and the expansion of the YJA button programs to include props such as poi, diabolo, and cigar boxes all signal a bright future for the IJA.

There is still much to be done. Supporting the growth of the IRCs into a true “World Championship” akin to the soccer World Cup, greater contributions to the “Props2U” program sending equipment to developing areas, and here in the US, continuing to produce a fantastic annual convention. I am excited to be a part of the Board that will build on the momentum of these programs, and I hope to receive your vote.

Advance Festival Registration Has Ended

You can still register for the festival in person. We know that some jugglers like to decide to join us at the last minute, so we make sure to have room for everyone. Just show up and be welcome.

Festival hotels, room & ride sharing

See our website for up-to-date hotel information at https://juggle.org/festival-details/lodging/. If you want to share a room or a ride to the festival, check out the room and ride share group. Members who have paid the hotel booking fee and cannot now attend the festival may use the room and ride share group to try to find a buyer for their reservation.  It is up to the buyer and seller to arrange the transfer.

IJA Festival Room and Ride Share Group

Workshop schedule announced!

We are pleased to present the first version of this year’s workshop schedule!

It can be viewed here: 2019 Workshop Schedule

This is, however, an early version of the schedule and is subject to change. We are also still accepting workshop submissions. Expect more workshops to be added to the schedule by the time the festival begins.Workshop signups can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/ija2019workshopsignups

More Special Guests for this Year’s Festival Announced

Chris KellyKathrin Wagner


Jack Denger

 Chris Kelly

Kathrin Wagner 

 Jack Denger


IJA’s second annual Fight Nightby Nick Thomas

This year’s festival will feature the 2nd edition of Fight Night, a combat tournament where your results are included in a world ranked combat leaderboard, no matter your placement! Combat is a popular game which puts jugglers against each other, each juggling three clubs. The goal is to be last juggler remaining, by knocking your opponent’s clubs from the air using your own, all while keeping your own juggling pattern going. The event consists of a round robin style of play, where you go head to head against each competitor in a small group. The top placing individuals in the preliminary stage will go on to the finals later that night, where a 16 person bracket is held. The results get updated on https://www.FightNightCombat.com, where you get ranked among other competitors from all over the world!

Fight Night prelims will be Friday, June 28 at 4 PM and the finals will take place at 11 PM. It is free to enter and signups will take place at the festival.

A change in show plans, by Nathan Wakefield

There has been a slight change to our schedule for the festival. This year, we have decided to merge all of our stage championship events into a single night. The Individuals, Teams, and Juniors Championships will all take place on Thursday evening. Sometimes when changes are needed, you just have to go with the flow, which is why we are moving the Flow Show to the Juniors old slot on Wednesday night and calling it the Go With The Flow Juggling Show!

This show will focus primarily on highlighting performance styles found in the realm of flow arts, such as poi, hoop, fan, and staff manipulation. You might just see some unique toss juggling styles too!

Confirmed performers for this event include:
Chris Kelly
Lilly Gerstner
Tesla Naes
Abigail Lindsey
Kyle Owen
Matan Presberg
Mike Hayataka
Brian Thompson

Albert Lucas demo / Q & A session added to the festival

In place of the Flow Show’s original time slot on Thursday at 1pm (see ‘A Change in Show Plans’ article), Albert Lucas will be doing a juggling demonstration in the ballroom. He will be also doing a question and answer segment with the audience. This event is free to attend for everyone registered for the festival.

2019 Championship competitors announced

We are thrilled to announce this year’s line up of competitors for our Juniors, Teams, and Individuals Championships.

Kyle Albrecht
Christopher Haaser

Duck & Cover
Zak & Delaney

Eric Jackson
Zak McAllister
Jumpei Nagata
Elia Taylor
Bennett Santora

Silent Auction at this year’s festival, by Nathan Wakefield

On Friday, June 28 from Noon to 2:00 PM and on Saturday, June 29 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, we will be holding a silent auction in the gym. We are thrilled to have a diverse number of lots available for bid! These will include books, DVDs, original artwork, and even some items from the IJA inventory and historical rarities. Thank you to our auction donors: David Cain, Niels Duinker, Thom Wall, Galen Harp, and Waldo. Below is a partial list of what you can expect to see at the auction!  

You can bring things to contribute to the auction.  Anything that you think would be of interest to another juggler would be welcome.

Framed Anthony Gatto signed ring and photo
Unfinished Harry Lind club
One Harry Lind club
3 Garden Weasal clubs
Niels Duinker DVD
Niels Duinker book
Art of the Juggler book
2009 and 2012 Winston-Salem IJA Festivals DVD Bundle
IJA Metal Keychain
IJA 2011 Trading Card Set
Original Sand Artwork
Juggling from Antiquity to the Middle Ages Book, Pin, and Cards
Original Paul Cinquevalli Tombstone Rubbing
Antique wooden juggling hoops (Bramson, Everhart style)
One set of fiberglass Claude Crumley Clubs
Juggler’s Galore Juggling History Book





Busking and Circus Entertainment Near Fort Wayne, by Nathan Wakefield

It’s always fun to go to a juggling festival and find related happenings near by that add to the memories of your vacation. Here are a couple things that may be of interest to those traveling to Fort Wayne for this year’s festival. Please note that neither of these are directly affiliated with the IJA, we’re just passing the information along!

BuskerFest – On Saturday, June 29, 2019 there will be a busking festival happening in downtown Fort Wayne. It is free to attend and watch these street performances. You may even recognize a few faces from our festival! More information on the BuskerFest website.

International Circus Hall of Fame – The International Circus Hall of Fame museum is located about 60 miles west of the convention center in Peru Indiana. They have had several jugglers in their hall of fame, including Massimiliano Truzzi (1977), Lotti Brunn (1995), and Francis Brunn (2006). According to their website, they are open from June 1 through July 31 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 4 pm. More information on the International Circus Hall of Fame website.

Things to do in Fort Wayne, by Visit Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, Indiana’s second-largest city, is delighted to host the 2019 International Jugglers’ Association Festival!

In addition to the amazing event venue at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, we offer countless activities, restaurants and special events to enjoy while you are here!

Discover nearby hotels, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment!

Looking for more things to do while you are here? Our Calendar of Events is full of great ways to spend your free time exploring Fort Wayne. Greek Fest, Buskerfest and Lunch on the Square are just a few events happening downtown during your stay!

Come Early
Want to make a trip out of your time in Fort Wayne? We have more than enough to keep you entertained. Come into town early to experience our diverse dining, amazing shopping and lively attractions. And of course no trip to Fort Wayne is complete without a visit to the award-winning Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. You’re bound to have a wonderful stay.

Welcome Flow Juggle to the IJA Vendor Discount Program

We are pleased to announce the addition of prop vendor Flow Juggle to the IJA Vendor Discount Program! All IJA members receive 10% off orders above $80. Directions for getting IJA member discounts can be found on the IJA VDP page for each vendor in the program.


World Juggling Day and event registrationby Josie Mae

World Juggling Day is Saturday, June 15th, 2019! Celebrate in style with an exclusive WJD T-Shirt. This years design was created by Argentinian artist El Yerta Xeriagrafía. We have four shirt styles featuring their design, in a variety of colors. Visit: https://world-juggling-day-ija-2019.myshopify.com/ to purchase your very own.

Hosting or attending a WJD event? Register or search our database of events at: https://juggle.org/programs/wjd/#register.

Happy World Juggling Day!

WJD TShirtWJD TShirt 2WJD TShirt 3WJD TShirt 4


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

IJA members can view the festival video for free in segments within these four eJuggle articles:






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.

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)


Flatland Juggling Festival

   07 Jun – 09 Jun 2019

   Lincoln, NB 68502 USA


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


Boulder Juggling Festival 2019

   05 Jul – 07 Jul 2019 (with pre-events 04 July)

   Boulder, CO


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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