Twenty two internationally acclaimed circus artistes from ten countries gathered in Edinburgh to compete in a star-studded spectacular to thrill family audiences in the Big Top
Aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, illusionists and of course clowns came together in this circus extravaganza. The show featured award-winning circus stars from Scotland, China, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Ireland, Ukraine, England and Wales who had the audiences on the edge of their seats with their thrilling and gravity-defying routines.
Edinburgh audiences also played an important role in the Circus Festival as their vote contributed to the coveted “Edinburgh International Circus Festival’s People’s Choice Award”.
The outright Circus Festival winner, based on the performance, skills and originality of each artiste is judged by a panel. Past judges have included; Edinburgh Festivals Champion and Deputy Lord Provost, Councillor Steve Cardownie; Verena Cornwall, independent producer and international arts consultant specialising in circus, street theatre and carnival; Albert of Albert & Friends Instant Circus who train young people, irrespective of their socio-economic environment throughout the world in circus and theatre arts; Liz Arratoon, writer and circus reviewer regular contributor to the entertainment industry newspaper, The Stage.