Full Cirqle was born one month ago when a group of circus makers were offered the rare chance to take on a warehouse building in Portobello, Edinburgh, and dedicate it to circus arts.
There are people working in Circus all over Scotland but all share their spaces with other projects. This brand new Centre for Circus Arts will include a dance studio, two rehearsal spaces, storage, offices and an aerial barn. It is a bold and exciting project at just the right time, days before several groups of circus artists lost their training space at nearby The Arts Factory to demolition. Full Cirqle expects to be home to seven circus companies and up to 50 individual members working in circus, theatre, parkour, music, film, yoga, pilates and physical therapies. They want to welcome the wider community to learn, train and play with them – it is a social enterprise created by the people, for the people!
Full Cirqle is going to become a hub for Scotland's Circus community and a unique place in the cultural scene. It will be a community building throwing the doors open to people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and share the joy of Circus. Classes and workshops will educate, events will inspire, cabarets and open days will connect people together.
The core team (Ron, Julie, Phyllis, Rob) came together to seize this opportunity with backgrounds in operating and refurbishing buildings, show, tour, festival, venue and event management. Between them they have produced some of the biggest Circus projects in Scotland including The Commonwealth Youth Circus, touring shows JAMP and 9-2-5, Celtic fire theatre collective PyroCeltica and The Portobello Arts Factory, as well as teaching, performing and producing circus projects across the UK (Play Festival, UK Youth Circus Network Conference, Invisible Circus's Happiness Machine) and the world (Burning Man, Danish Juggling Convention).
The team love making circus happen in Scotland and want Full Cirqle to connect to the circus family all across the world. They will be operating as a community interest company run by its members. Profits (when they are made) will go back into improving the centre and our ability to support performing arts and Circus in Scotland.
For more information, see their successful crowdfunder page here.
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