IJA eNewsletter – December 2019

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December 2019

Editors: Don Lewis & Martin Frost

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Happy New Year !


  • A message from the IJA Chair
  • Gumball, free for IJA members — 60 minutes of amazing Wes Peden juggling
  • 73rd Annual IJA Juggling Festival in El Paso, Texas, July 13-19, 2020
  • IJA Festival info coming soon — Early Bird registration opens Jan 13
  • Jongles-tu? in 2021
  • Latest articles in eJuggle
  • Upcoming juggling festivals



A message from the IJA Chair  by Mike Moore

Looking into the New Year

As our calendars prepare to roll over, it’s the time when many of us set goals for the new year. Some goals are easily set, and easily measured: finally get those 50 catches, attend a new festival, etc.

Other goals can be more difficult to measure, for a variety of reasons. If you’re looking to fundamentally change how you think about juggling (or another aspect of your life), then you may not yet have appropriate metrics to measure progress. For these, you may find that process goals, rather than outcome goals, allow you the freedom to give these goals your all. Some examples of outcome vs. process goals:



 Achieve 50 catches of five balls     

 Practice 5 balls (and drills) for 15 minutes / day

 Learn 10 new passing patterns

 Go talk to those intimidatingly good passers at club

 Win a stage championship

 Become a juggler who could win a stage championship*

These examples serve to highlight another important difference between outcome and process goals: the control you have over their success. You are more directly in control of whether you accomplish the goal of practicing 5 balls for 15 minutes/day than you are of achieving 50 catches. Learning 10 new passing patterns is inevitable if you talk to those amazing passers at your local club. And hopefully you’re not too heartbroken with your stunning stage act if you place second to Emil Jefferson Murakami. When you shift the goal from the “what” to the “how”, you can keep yourself more accountable and exceed your outcome goals, without the mental block.

Happy 2020!

Mike Moore

IJA Chair

*This is more of a hybrid goal than a strictly process one. The point is, set the kind of goal that best aligns with what you really want.



Gumball, free for IJA members — 60 minutes of amazing Wes Peden juggling  by Martin Frost

IJA members can view Wes Peden’s incredible 60-minute Gumball video for free via eJuggle’s member-only content. The video was two years in the making and contains over 600 tricks, with balls, rings, clubs and other props.

Since you’re a juggler, you’ll probably enjoy listening to the Gumball commentary from Wes while you watch the video. Just follow the instructions on the eJuggle Gumball page (and turn down the music on the video itself if you’re listening to Wes) by starting the audio track first and then starting the video when Wes says to on the audio track.

To see the video for free as an IJA member, go to:


and, if you’re not already logged in, click on SIGN IN at the top of the page.



73rd Annual IJA Juggling Festival in El Paso, Texas, July 13-19, 2020  by Noel Yee

Happy Holidays Jugglers!

Hello, my name is Noel Yee! I was your Festival Director in 2018, in Springfield, MA, and again I have the honor to be the Festival Director for the event in 2020. A little about me: I am a juggler and flow artist living in Philadelphia, PA, who loves the mission of the IJA and connecting with our members from throughout the world! 

This year’s event will take place in El Paso, Texas. The dates of the event are July 13-19th, 2020. The planning for this year’s festival is well underway and we are seeking to bring a fun and memorable experience for jugglers of all ages. Our organizational team is a super team of volunteers dedicated to providing a smooth IJA registration process and informational experience.  

The 2020 IJA Festival Director Team includes:

  • Noel Yee
  • Nathan Wakefield
  • Afton Benson
  • Shivella Schwab
  • Ross Berenson

To facilitate a smooth stream of information for our jugglers, we have begun work on generating a standalone website for all of your IJA 2020 festival needs. The site will be live soon, so stay tuned for details. We want to let you know that Early Bird registration opens on January 13, 2020. Set a reminder in your calendar to make sure you get the best deal for this year’s event. There will be a limited number of Early Bird Adult Event Packages, so get in right away!

Well, stay tuned for more announcements and important IJA info!!!

All the juggle love,

Noel and the IJA 2020 Director Team



IJA Festival info coming soon — Early Bird registration opens Jan 13  by Martin Frost

Information about the IJA festival in El Paso will be available on the web very soon. IJA festival registration is slated to open online on January 13, 2020.  Details will be on the festival website.

NOTE: This year, Adult Event Packages at the Early Bird and Advanced prices will be limited in quantity, so don’t delay in registering if you want the best rate.  (Sales of Youth Event Packages will not be limited.)

Event Package Pricing Per Person

Dates (Eastern Time)





 Jan 13 – Jan 27

 Early Bird



 A limited quantity of Adult Early Bird Event Packages will be sold

 Jan 28 – Mar 9




 A limited quantity of Adult Advanced Event Packages will be sold

 Mar 10 – Jun 13




 Jun 13 is the last day for purchasing an Event Package for the fest

 Jan 13 – Jun 13

 Youth Group



 Minimum 10 youths; max 2 adult chaperone packages per 10 youths

 Jan 13 – Jun 13

 VDP Vendor



 Only 2 VDP Vendor Event Packages per VDP vendor

Youths are ages 11-17. Adults are ages 18 and up.

Fest pre-registration will only be available online. A la carte registration will be available on-site at the fest. Event Packages will not be sold at the fest.



Jongles-tu? in 2021  by Don Lewis

Some of you discovered the “Jongles-tu?” website while it was under development and before the English translation had been added.

Jongles-tu? (Do you Juggle?) will be an attempt to set a world record for the most people juggling three balls at the same time for ten seconds.  There are many after school programs in Montreal that feature circus skills.  Jongles-tu? is an effort to get them all together for one huge event.  In addition to the record attempt, there will be workshops and live shows.  Everyone is invited to join the party!

The event was initially scheduled for May 2020, but had to be postponed when the event site discovered serious maintenance issues that may not be completely repaired in time.  The event is in the process of being re-scheduled for Spring 2021.  The organizers are using the extra time to create a world class event in Montreal.



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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.

Organizing a juggling festival?  Be sure to add it to the juggling festival list at The Juggling Edge.  Just sign up there for a free account and then add your fest to the list so that jugglers everywhere can find out about your fest.

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.

French Juggling Convention, Glühwein 2020
29 Dec 2019 – 3 Jan 2020
rue Kembs – 68440 Habsheim, France

Turbo Fest 14
3 Jan – 5 Jan 2020
Quebec Circus School, 750 2nd Avenue Québec (QC), G1L 3B7 Canada

Open Dutch Juggling Championships 2020
3 Jan – 5 Jan 2020
Trefkoele Plus Ruigedoornstraat 108 7721 BR Dalfsen NL Netherlands

47th Annual Madfest ( 2020 )
17 Jan – 19 Jan 2020
Madison, WI, USA

Game of Throws – A Juggling and Flow Festival 2020
24 Jan – 26 Jan 2020
Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA USA

42nd Annual Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival
7 Feb – 9 Feb 2020
Yaarab Shrine Center Recreation Building, 400 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308 USA

Minnesota Mondo Juggling & Unicycle Festival
14 Feb – 16 Feb 2020
235 Hamline Avenue South, St. Paul, Minnesota USA

27th Austin Jugglefest
21 Feb – 23 Feb 2020
Navarro High School, 1201 Payton Gin Rd, Austin TX 78758 USA

Winter Jongleer Weekend 2020
13 Mar – 15 Mar 2020
Gravin van Schonbornlaan 4, 6433AZ Hoensbroek Netherlands

Tucson Juggling Festival 2020
3 Apr – 5 Apr 2020
Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona 85739 USA

The Israeli Juggling Convention 2020
10 Apr – 14 Apr 2020
Gan HaShlosha, Israel

Adelaide Juggling Convention
16 Apr – 19 Apr 2020
32-34 Rosa St, Goodwood, Adelaide, SA 5034 Australia

Oldenburg Juggling Convention
30 Apr – 3 May 2020
Hochschulsport Oldenburg, Ammerländer Heerstraße 114-118, 26129 Oldenburg Germany

43rd European Juggling Convention (EJC)
11 Jul – 19 Jul 2020
Hangö Högstadium, Koulukatu 13-15, 10900 Hanko, Finland

73rd Annual IJA Juggling Festival
13 Jul – 19 Jul 2020
El Paso Convention Center, El Paso, TX USA

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