Unleash Your Inner Acrobat: Philly Springs into Action with First Annual World Circus Day Festival

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Amidst the bustling city of Philadelphia, there’s a place where the phenomenal world of circus arts is reimagined – the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (PSCA). This spring, the PSCA is ready to raise the curtain and the public’s spirits with its first-ever World Circus Day Celebration and Festival. Scheduled for Saturday, April 20th, this thrilling all-day event is set to turn the PSCA’s home, Circus Campus, into a lively hub of acrobatic amusements and aerial spectacles.

Located on Greene Street in West Mount Airy, Circus Campus is the region’s ultimate “big top” – the place where magic happens, with a multitude of skills and daring acts on display. But the World Circus Day Festival isn’t merely for spectators, it’s an open invitation to anyone and everyone to step into the world of circus arts. The festival caters to all ages and experience levels, offering a smorgasbord of activities throughout the day.

Fans of circus arts can expect an exhilarating line-up of workshops, demonstrations, and performances. Youth Trampoline, Family Intro to Circus, German Wheel, Pole Taster, Upside-Down, Inside Out, and Aerial Playground are just a few of the activities slated for the day. The festival will also showcase unique apparatus like the Tippy Lyra, Teardrop, Ladder, Cube, Single Point Lyra, and Dance Trapeze.

A highlight of the day promises to be an impressive display of young talent from PSCA’s Youth Troupe and Trenton Circus Squad. The city’s budding acrobats, jugglers and unicyclists from the Philadelphia and Trenton areas are all set to steal the show.

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However, the highlight will undoubtedly be the “Spectacular Staff” circus show happening at 8:00 pm. This pay-what-you-can extravaganza will feature professional artists from PSCA’s faculty showcasing their spell-binding talents. Entry to the World Circus Day festivities is free, making it a day of affordable, family-friendly entertainment.

World Circus Day is celebrated annually worldwide to highlight the integral role the circus plays in our shared cultural heritage. It was established in 2010 by H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts is proud to be part of this global festivity, in partnership with Circadium and Trenton Circus Squad.

According to Kitsie O’Neill, PSCA Executive Director, the festival serves a dual purpose. Not only does it invite people to appreciate the beauty and complexity of circus arts, it also provides opportunities for individuals to immerse themselves in the fun and thrill of the circus. PSCA Head Coach Rachel Lancaster shares her excitement about bringing out special apparatus not usually seen in daily classes.

Walking into the World Circus Day Festival means stepping into a world of unimaginable feats, spectacular performances, and memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re a novice wanting to try something new or an experienced acrobat looking to improve, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss this chance to run away with the circus, if only for a day.

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