Circus Industry Given Boost as National Centre for Circus Arts receives £100,000
in donations at 25th Anniversary Gala
- The UK’s foremost Circus organisation received £103,000 in donations at a gala dinner celebrating their 25th anniversary last week
- Looking after the stars of tomorrow: The National Centre has trained more than 50,000 students over the past 25 years
- As the only place where it is possible to earn a BA (Hons) degree in Circus in the UK, and has almost 100% employment record for graduates
- The National Centre for Circus Arts is connected to 90% of the 71 contemporary circus companies in the UK that have been reinventing Circus as you know it
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The National Centre for Circus Arts, the UK’s foremost circus organisation, received over £100,000 in donations at their 25th Anniversary Gala last week.
The glamorous event featured a number of spectacular performances by the Centre’s students and was attended by range of supporters including musician Jarvis Cocker; the principal dancer at the Royal Ballet, Lauren Cuthbertson; and film actor Kenneth Cranham.
The donations will go to training the Circus stars of tomorrow by developing and supporting the National Centre’s youth programme providing bursaries and fee waivers for young people with potential who would otherwise not be able to access this exceptional and often life changing training...
Joint chief executives, Jane Rice-Bowen and Kate White said:
“We owe tremendous thanks to all of our generous supporters who have made us what we are today. With the support of donations like this, we hope to build a culture of Circus around the UK that will inspire more young people to get involved in this fantastic art form. For many years Circus has lingered on the peripheries in the UK and now we are stepping out into the limelight.”
The gala dinner is yet another achievement for the National Centre this year following the launch of their “National” status in March, which was officially led by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP. The National Centre plays a vital role in championing the emergence of modern circus in Britain.
They are one of the best circus schools in the world and the only place in the UK where it is possible to earn a BA (Hons) degree in Circus Arts. 93% of alumni from the National Centre for Circus Arts are still working in the industry three years after graduating.
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About the National Centre for Circus Arts
Founded in 1989 as “Circus Space”, The National Centre for Circus Arts is one of the best circus schools in the world and it is at the heart of a network of Circus organisations that are leading the renaissance of Circus in the UK. The organisation champions and supports excellence in Circus Arts in the UK and around the world. It is helping to change the perception of circus in the UK by providing an unparalleled launch-pad for present and future performers, with over 40 circus companies accessing studio time and funding through the National Centre for Circus Arts.
From the age of two with no upper limit, the National Centre trains over 700 people each week and over the past 25 years has trained over 50,000 students through their courses, classes and workshops across all programme areas including Higher and Further Education, professional artist training workshops and tuition, recreational courses and classes for adults and young people, business and team building workshops and experience days. The National Centre for Circus Arts is the only place where it is possible to receive a BA (Hons) degree in Circus Arts. More than 80 students a week train on their Further & Higher Education programmes. The school is an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and degree awards are validated by the University of Kent.
The National Centre for Circus Arts educates all students in a safe environment in which they can learn how to manage risk while taking creative and artistic leaps of faith. Every student is trained by highly skilled educators within a framework that upholds health and safety best practice. A degree in Circus Arts from the National Centre for Circus Arts offers more than just training in performance - students are also provided with training in business and career development so that they can establish a fruitful and fulfilling life as an artist.
The National Centre has a proven track record for producing some of the world’s finest circus performers through its degree level programmes. 93% of all graduates from the National Centre for Circus Arts are still working in the industry three years after graduating. Companies who have employed recent graduates include the Royal Shakespeare Company, NoFit State, Cirque Du Soleil, The Roundhouse, The British Library, Les 7 Doigts de la Main, Cirque Eloize and National Theatre. Nearly 100 specialist performers from the Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies trained at the National Centre for Circus Arts.
The National Centre for Circus Arts is a registered charity housed in the Shoreditch Electric Light Station. Originally an electricity generating station built in 1896, the site was rescued from dereliction in 1992 and, following extensive restoration and reconstruction, reopened as Circus Space – helping to kickstart Shoreditch’s regeneration. The National Centre for Circus Arts has retained the original names for areas in the building with the two largest training rooms called the Combustion and Generating Chambers.
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