News, Activities and Stories from the Philip Astley Project have received not only local but also national and international coverage in all forms of media from the UK to Japan, Monaco to Australia, Canada to Brazil and more.

Here you can find some of the key news items and moments from the history of the project.

If you’d like to cover one of our events, or conduct an interview with Showman, Performer and Philip Astley Expert – Andrew Van Buren, then do get in touch.

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World Juggling Tour 2018 comes to Newcastle-under-Lyme!

World Juggling Tour 2018 comes to Newcastle-under-Lyme as part of the worldwide celebration of World Circus Day 2018!

25 professional circus schools were invited from all over the world to take part in the World Juggling Tour 2018, during the New Generation Festival in Monte Carlo earlier this year.

The official closure of the tour will be celebrated on April 21st, at our very own Philip Astley’s birthplace – in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The circus pioneer, master equestrian, and ‘father of modern circus’ is the founder of the 42- foot circus ring diameter used in circus today.

World Juggling Tour 2018 is all part of a remarkable focus to inspire a new generation of circus artists.

The worldwide action has been initiated by The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque, under the honorary presidency of HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco.

The students from the involved circus schools around the world performed their circus skills, and showcased their city and country on camera in order to produce a final edition tour video to be presented on World Circus Day.

The UK leg of the tour was organised and funded by our own Andrew Van Buren who himself juggled his way around town with the specially commissioned juggling clubs whilst showcasing Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Philip Astley landmarks before handing over to his students of circus skills in Newcastle College’s Performing Arts Centre.

World Circus Day celebrates circus arts and culture, this year coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the circus.

There are celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the circus throughout the world, and many events throughout Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Performers in the World Juggling Tour 2018 are connecting with Newcastle-under-Lyme by showcasing the future of the circus performing art form.

Roll up, Roll up… Let us show our appreciation on April 21st.

Keep updated with our upcoming events for more circus activities and celebrations.

For more information about the 250th anniversary of the circus, visit our events page, the New Vic Theatre and the Circus 250 websites.



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World Juggling Tour 2018 comes to Newcastle-under-Lyme!

World Juggling Tour 2018 comes to Newcastle-under-Lyme as part of the worldwide celebration of World Circus Day 2018! 25 professional circus schools were invited from all over the world to take part in the World Juggling Tour 2018, during the New ...

Andrew Van Buren commemorates Philip Astley and the 250th Anniversary of the circus in Westminster

The legacy of Philip Astley and the 250th anniversary of the circus are commemorated by Andrew Van Buren at the Palace of Westminster. On March 6th, Showman and Performer Andrew Van Buren gave his speech in the House of Commons after ...

Town Trail – Invitation to Tender

Artists and designers! Could you create a Philip Astley Town Trail for Newcastle-under-Lyme? Newcastle-under-Lyme Business Improvement District (the BID), is looking for an artist or graphic designer to work with young people on the development of a Town Trail to support The ...

‘No Fit State Circus’ is Coming to Town!

No Fit State Circus is in town! Described by The Times as: "A huge, restless party vibe" No Fit State Circus comes to the big top in the heart of Newcastle-under-Lyme. Presenting a 21- date circus extravaganza 'LEXICON' from 28th March- 21st April, ...

First Permanent Philip Astley Monument

The UK's first permanent monument to Philip Astley and his legacy of the circus is now in place but bad weather is slowing off the completion of the ground work and delaying the official unveil. The sculptures were designed by ...

Circus themed Easter activities held at Brampton Museum

A selection of circus themed Easter activities are being held at Brampton Museum to continue the ongoing celebration of circus pioneer- Philip Astley, from Newcastle-under-Lyme. Children and families are invited to make their own circus themed posters to be exhibited in the ...

Andrew Van Buren represents The Philip Astley project in Monte Carlo

Andrew Van Buren has recently represented The Philip Astley Project in Monte Carlo at the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo. The international illusionist & showman was invited to be involved in the unveiling of the permanent Monte Carlo tribute to ...

Open Call

CALLING ALL ARTISTS, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS! Community organisations (including schools), are invited to work together and take part in AstleyFest 2018, a new outdoor festival in Newcastle-under-Lyme to celebrate the life and legacy of Philip Astley – Father of the Modern ...

Astley – Circus Genius

Re-issue of the tribute book by Paul Bemrose of Newcastle Museum, published by Newcastle Borough Council. Once in a while, history produces a personality who rises up to become a legend in his own time. Philip Astley, born in Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1742, ...

Do you remember your first circus?

On Wednesday 3rd January, Radio 3's Free Thinking Programme hosted a discussion about the invention of the circus ring. Andrew Van Buren (Van Buren Organisation, Philip Astley Project), Tom Rack (No Fit State Circus), Naomi Frisby and Professor Vanessa Toulmin (Sheffield University) discussed ...

Newcastle-under-Lyme named one of six Cities of Circus for 2018

Newcastle-under-Lyme will be a hub for circus celebrations in 2018 after being named as one of the six Cities of Circus by Circus250. The Philip Astley Project and The New Vic Theatre will lead events throughout the year designed to ...

Sharing Astley’s Story

190 children from schools across Newcastle-under-Lyme have learnt about Philip Astley's story at Newcastle-under-Lyme Library. In October and November 2017, staff at Newcastle-under-Lyme Library, the Brampton Museum and local Children’s Centres worked with the New Vic Theatre’s Education Team to develop the storytelling skills and ...

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