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 initialled by The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque, under the honorary presidency of HSH Princess Stephanie.

The students from the schools involved introduced their skills, school, and city on camera in order to produce a final edition tour video to be presented on World Circus Day.

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.



Other News

Philip Astley celebration event

The Philip Astley Projecy set out with a grant from the Heritage Lottery to raise the profile of Philip Astley locally, nationally and internationally and to reaffirm Newcastle-under-Lyme’s role in circus history. In the past 18-months more than 30,000 people have ...

AstleyFest 2018

On 4th August 2018 Newcastle-under-Lyme saw the first ever AstleyFest – a new festival celebrating the father of the modern circus in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. The festival started with a bang at 11:30am in Newcastle town centre where people proudly paraded their ...

Philip Astley Town Trail

Newcastle-under-Lyme BID have teamed up with Creative Art North Staffordshire to create a Philip Astley Town Trail Map that tells you about the life of Philip Astley, Father of the Modern Circus. The trail uses window vinyls placed at specific locations ...

Communities come together in Celebrating AstleyFest

In February 2018, The Philip Astley Project held an open call for artists, schools and community groups to take part in AstleyFest 2018, a new outd- oor festival in Newcastle-under-Lyme to celebrate the life and legacy of Philip Astley – Father of ...