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Circus arts event at Wolsingham
JUGGLING, hardcore hula-hooping and somersaults were all on display at a gathering of circus skills enthusiasts.
Around 250 hobbyists and professionals from across the UK attended Durham Juggling Convention at Wolsingham School, in County Durham, this weekend. (Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20)
The annual event gave experts and novices a chance to socialise and hone their skills or expand their repertoire through a series of workshops including juggling, acrobatics, unicycling and tightrope walking.
It also included an international show, featuring acts from six different countries, and a youth circus cabaret.
Show manager, Steve Cousins, said: “A lot of people sign up to workshops with people teaching specific disciplines and some are here more for the fun and games, it is a weekend dedicated to learning and playing.
“In this country there has been a large movement of contemporary circus for 30 years, it is more about doing the circus arts because we love it, for fitness and health and socialising like a game of football or roller derby.
“There are some professionals but they are more likely to be street performers than in a traditional big top.”
For more information about circus troupes and skills in the North-East look up Durham City Jugglers, Juggling and Unicycling Stockton on Tees (Just), Five Ring Circus and Circus Central, in Newcastle.
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