Monday, 13 June 2016

Press Release: Grassmarket's Circus Weekend

Roll up, roll up to the Greater Grassmarket’s Circus Weekend

Let’s Circus comes to town on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June

The Greater Grassmarket Business Improvement District (BID) in association with travelling circus school and performance company, Let’s Circus, will bring an acrobatic circus show to the Grassmarket on Saturday 18th and Sunday19th June (11am – 5pm) as part of their free Circus Weekend.

The international line-up includes contemporary circus, Head First Acrobats, who will perform their family-friendly pirate-themed circus show, ‘Arr we there yet?’ on the Greater Grassmarket’s Community Stage at 12.30pm and 3.30pm. The 40-minute show will feature slapstick comedy, extraordinary acrobatics and spine-tingling tricks such as juggling with knives. From 11am until 3.30pm, there will be amateur workshops for anyone interested in learning circus disciplines including trapeze, juggling, tight rope, acrobatics and even hula hooping. Let’s Circus will bring a team of international artists including Francis 'Odo’ Odongo, one of Kenya’s elite circus artists, who will be on hand to show off his skills and get everyone involved. As well as two shows per day, there will be demonstrations from artists in diverse circus disciplines such as hand balancing, trapeze, tight wire, and toothbrush twiddling.
The Greater Grassmarket BID’s Circus Weekend follows on from the success of their Vintage Weekend and is part of their plans to drive greater footfall to the area by offering unique family-friendly events.

Norrie Stewart, Grassmarket BID Project Manager, says: “We’re really excited to be bringing international circus acts, from as far afield as Australia and Kenya, to the Greater Grassmarket for our Circus Weekend. Travelling circuses have wowed audiences around the world for hundreds of years, so where better to host a weekend dedicated to this notable art form than the performance space in the historic Grassmarket?

“The extraordinary acrobatic shows will not only mesmerise kids but impress adults too, making the Circus Weekend the perfect family day out.”

Steve Cousins, artistic director of Let’s Circus, says: “Our mix of high quality touring shows and workshops makes what we do of really broad appeal. As a travelling circus school we cater to all ages and stages - from kids touching a trapeze for the first time, to acrobatic enthusiasts working on their one armed handstand. We’re very excited to bring this activity to the beautiful and historic Grassmarket for the first time. Many of the young people that we meet during these events, and indeed adults, have gone on to become highly skilled circus enthusiasts and indeed professional artists. You no longer need to runs way to join the circus, as we’re running away to join you!”

The Greater Grassmarket’s free Circus Weekend takes place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June from 11am – 5pm, with performances on the Greater Grassmarket’s Community Stage at 12.30pm and 3.30pm each day.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Edinburgh International Magic Festival Competition

Press Release

MagicFest Announces 7th Magical Year Programme and Launches a New MagicFair at Summerhall

Seekers of wonder and amazement are invited to ‘lose themselves in magic’ this summer as the Edinburgh International Magic Festival celebrates its 7th magical year as the UK’s biggest festival of innovative and cutting-edge magic, 1st – 8th July.

Edinburgh will sparkle with an enchanting programme of world-class magic events, unforgettable performances, and jaw-dropping stunts from some of the greatest illusionists, mindreaders and accomplished magicians from around the world.

·         Three day MagicFair at Summerhall – a brand new multi-space experience with family events and late night sessions
·         Matinee performance added to MagicFest Gala at the Festival Theatre
·         Magic School, Secret Room and Magic à la Carte Dinner
·         Grand Prix World Magic Champion Hector Mancha joins MagicFest line-up
·         The legendary Juan Tamariz (‘El Maestro’) performs live for the first time in Scotland
·         Show premieres from Kevin Quantum, forensic mindreader Colin Cloud, BBC’s R. Paul Wilson, and debut performances at the Festival from Vincent Gambini and David Gerard
·         Korean magic company from the world’s only magic college, featuring the Asian Champion of Magic
  • City centre Magic Hunt for children and adults, and FREE magic performances at Krispy Kreme stores in the run up to the Festival

Kevin Quantum, Artistic Director of MagicFest, commented… ‘This year we have arguably one of the greatest living legends in magic, Juan Tamariz, and one of the greatest up-and-coming stars, Hector Mancha, both featuring at the Festival. It’s our biggest line-up to date with the launch of MagicFair, free entry for under 7s, and the addition of a matinee performance at the Gala Show, allowing us to share magic and its top stars with more people than ever before. Watch out for surprises around the city too!’


To celebrate the launch of MagicFair Lates Edinburgh Bloggers is offering you a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Edinburgh International Magic Festival. The tickets will give you entry to Summerhall where you can see as many shows as you want, or just soak up the atmosphere and enjoy food and drinks and a few spontaneous magic performances in the courtyard.

To enter all you need to do is tweet us (@EdinburghBlogg) what magic power you would like and why using #EBMagic Alternatively you can enter via the Rafflecopter below.

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