• Bristol Harbour Festival

    Bristol Harbour Festival : Photo: Paul Box

    Held on a late summer weekend, Bristol Harbour Festival is the best place in the UK to catch a high concentration of outdoor circus – the festival's Circus Stage programmes a long afternoon of back-to-back performances broken only by the necessities of rigging.

    Recently the Circus Stage has moved to Castle Park, where a depression in the grounds forms a sort of natural amphitheatre – a perfect rake, and large enough to accommodate its audience where elsewhere the festival (which takes over several of Bristol's iconic spaces) is struggling with the scale of its own success – impromptu one-way systems and dense, massive, shuffling crowds make it hard to move from one area to another.

    The circus programming is light and summery, quick and easy – but benefits from Bristol's extremely high density of circus performers: it's a particularly good place to see technical aerial acts.

  • Magazine

    By John Ellingsworth on 2 August 2009 in Reviews

    Opening the circus stage on a brutally hot Sunday, Circomedia presented a short variety style line-up mixing degree and BTEC students. The clear standout was Steven Allen’s corde lisse routine—no gimmick, no overlay, just beauty in movement, and a blend of influences that borrows from other artists while retaining something of Steven’s own character.