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3rd Annual St. John's International CircusFest

SEPTEMBER 25 - 27, 2020

Schedule 2020

*Please note that all times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
and this information may be subject to change. 

September 25, 2020

Workshop: Advanced Handstands with Olaf Triebel

10:00am - 12:00pm EDT

Organized and presented by En Piste.

Pitch Sessions with Q&A

2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT

A series of pitch sessions of circus companies followed by a Q&A. Brought to you by MICC and moderated by Ruth Wikler.

5@Cirque Icebreaker

5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT

A lively zoom session for circus professionals to raise a digital glass. Hosted by Krin Haglund with animated break out rooms and activities with select circus performers. Organized and presented by MICC and En Piste.

September 27, 2020

Keynote Presentation with Q+A: Matthew Jessner

10:00am - 11:00am EDT

Moderated by Jesko von den Steinen.


Workshop: Do-It-Yourself Prop Making with Joseph Culpepper

10:00am - 12:00pm EDT

Organized and presented by En Piste.

Presentation on Female Performers in Circus History with Q&A

12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Join Finnish Circus Star and Historian, Pauliina Räsänen, for a fascinating lesson on women in circus.


Panel: Social Circus in our Current Reality

2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT

How can social circus play a positive role in the world today? How can digital tools support the work of social circus? An interactive panel with lots of fun activities. Moderated by Angola Murdoch and Lacy Alana.


Festival Closing Celebration!

3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT

September 26, 2020

Keynote Presentation with Q&A: Olympic Gold Medalist, Sylvie Fréchette

10:00am - 11:00am EDT

Facilitated by Parise Mongrain. Organized and presented by En Piste and CQRTD.


Conditioning Exercises for Aerialists with Rachel Walker

12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Workshop: Beginner/Intermediate Handstands with Olaf Triebel

12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT

Organized and presented by En Piste.


Panel: Developing the Circus Industry in Canada and Rebuilding Our Sector

2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT

What are the greatest challenges and opportunities for our sector at this moment? An interactive panel moderated by Emmanuel Bochud.


Digital Buddy Walks

5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT (or at a time that suits your needs!)

Take a personalized digital tour of St. John’s and get to know a fellow artist on the walk with a special surprise at the end! 


Digital Cabaret

Hosted by Les Deux de Pique and featuring artists from the 7 Fingers and other world class circus acts.

Highlights of the 2020 Graduates of the National Circus School and the Quebec Circus School

Family Fun Day Videos

Click here to submit your own video! 

Join us for interactive goodies in our virtual circus world via the platform MURAL

Going Digital

St. John's International CircusFest is committed to social distancing and staying safe, which means we had to find new ways to bring the festival to life and gather remotely. Follow us on social media for more info.

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