Circus: 250 Years Young

Circus: 250 Years Young was a 9-month creative heritage project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund Youth Roots grant programme for NoFit State's Youth Circus.

In 2017, NoFit State Circus was awarded funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Young Roots programme to take members of its Youth Circus on a creative exploration of circus history, as part of 250th-anniversary celebrations of modern circus in 2018.

Circus: 250 Years Young was a 9-month-long creative heritage project, led by NoFit State Circus, working with its talented Youth Circus community members, aged between 5 and 18 years old.

The project explored the unique Welsh contribution to the development of Circus over the past 250 years and culminated in a final performance as part of the UK-wide celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of Circus.

Working with heritage partners Glamorgan Archives, NoFit State’s youth circus set out to discover Wales’ lost circus history; scouring the archives, taking talks from circus experts, and even experiencing practical workshops in forgotten circus skills - including creative workshops and talks with NoFit State's professional company during the creation of LEXICON.

Working with creative organisation ProMo-Cymru, NoFit State’s budding young performers also learned the skills to document the project and create captivating video blogs about their experience.



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