Photo: Frank Berglund


As the UK circus field becomes increasingly mature, industry showcase Canvas (formerly Circus Now) draws fresh connections to the European mainland, attracting a flock of international delegates to its second edition. Also expanding, Bristol Circus Festival becomes Bristol Circus City, establishing itself as a biennial event; and after many years presenting circus at the Edinburgh Fringe, Underbelly Productions launches the Circus Hub, a dedicated venue on the Meadows. In new work, emerging collective Circumference pull off an impressive debut with Shelter Me, a large-scale site-specific project that draws audiences through the abandoned offices of the Guardian’s former headquarters on Farringdon Road. At Brighton Festival, Raphaëlle Boitel has her own (directorial) debut with L’oubliée – a piece informed by a stellar artistic career that began some fifteen years earlier when Boitel, then a teenager, appeared in James Thierrée’s The Junebug Symphony.