Thirteen youth Circus groups from all parts of the UK met in Blackpool from the 19th to the 21st February. This follows on the YPPT event that took place in London at The Circus Space at the same time in 2009. NYCE (National Youth Circus event) will take place in 2011 in Sheffield and will be hosted by Swamp Circus trust and Greentop.
This year’s event was hosted by “Blackpool Circus School” and coincided with “Showzam” in which the Circus School played a major part in Daily workshops at the Winter Gardens. Other attractions at Olympia featured Archive side shows presented by Professor Vanessa Toulmin from the Fairground archives in Sheffield.
The youth groups present were from The Circus space, Albert & Friends, Circus project, No fit State, Organised Kaos, Emerge, Engage, Rotherham Youth Circus, Let’s Circus, Euphoric Circus, Sheffield Youth Circus, and Wookie Hole Circus. They met on the Friday at “The New President Hotel” for a games exchange led by Albert Owen and a performance workshop led by Felicity Fernando. Groups also told each other of their Circus projects along with DVD footage.