The European Juggling Convention (EJC) 2019
The team at the European Juggling Convention (EJC) 2019 are proud to be bringing the world's largest juggling event to the UK in August 2019. The EJC will be in its 42nd year and it hasn't been to the UK for many years but this year is coming to Newark Showground.
Newark Showground Saturday 3 August to Sunday 11 August
It’s a fun and chilled out week of juggling, circus skills, aerial workshops, western skills workshops, extreme unicycling, balloon modelling, world-class performances and shows... the list goes on.
All of the activities and camping is included in the ticket price. Visit the EJC website to find out prices and more information. All areas are accessible.
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Sunday 4 August Road Closure in Newark Town Centre
Road closure for 2 hours max at 3pm from the Riverside Park to Newark Market Place (via Stodman Street).
Tolney Lane remains open but with exit only left towards level crossing. Thanks for your cooperation.
The Big Day Out
Save the date for the BIG DAY OUT on Sunday 4 August as we welcome the jugglers into Newark town centre for the opening parade and fire show.
Newark Town Council is planning an extraordinary day of activities for the town.
The Big Day Out Programme
10am Food and craft stalls in Newark Market Place
10.30am Live musical acts commence with Moonshiners
11am Just sing choir
11.25am Moonshiners on the main stage
12.30pm Matty Haynes
1.15pm Trix on stage
2pm Visiting jugglers and performers gather on the Riverside Park
2.15pm Nicci and dogs!
3pm EJC Welcome parade from the Riverside the Newark Market Place (via Castlegate and Stodman Street)
3.30pm Trix on stage
4pm Welcome to jugglers by Town Crier and council dignitaries
4.30pm Box Inverted Circus Show
5.30pm The business on stage
6pm Hotel Paradiso show at the front of Newark Town Hall
7pm Market place events close and guests start to move towards the Riverside Park
8.45pm to 10pm Riverside Fire Show
The Big Day Out is being supported by funding from the Arts Council England.
Gala Fire Show on the Riverside Park
Join us for this free high octane fire show from 8.45pm
Lights in Motion from the Netherlands will be opening the Fire Gala Show with their fire ceremony. Other performers from the UK, Czech Republic, America, Costa Rica, Germany and Estonia will perform breath-taking artistic and technical routines. Glow Fx a UK troupe will be closing the gala show with a high-energy spectacular display.
The performers will use juggling props including staff, hoops, poi, rope darts and diabolo together with pyrotechnics, fireworks and light to create spectacular sequences. Mixed with incredibly choreographed dance routines and music the international artists will perform against the illuminated back-drop of Newark Castle.
Gala fire show performers
Lights in Motion from the Netherland have been on some of the biggest stages in the world and will open the show.
Glow Fx is a UK troupe and they are planning a spectacular finale to please the crowds.
Frank Hatsis from New York City is by far one of the best rope dart specialists in the world.
T.E.T.R.I.S from the Czech Republic will performer a magical multi prop routine.
SolRiso from USA is considered to be one of the top multi staff practitioners.
Pyrodanza from Costa Rica consists of some of the most talented fire artists from South America. We are lucky to have four performers from Pyrodanza who will show case there amazing staff juggling show.
Poi Throw is from the UK and Germany. They are one of the best poi throwing duos on the fire circuit. Their feel good performance will make you fall in love with them and even shed a tear.
Kirsta Palm from Estonia is an internationally renowned staff spinner and her performance will encompass movement as well as technical excellence.
How local businesses can get involved
We hope that local town centre businesses will open on Sunday 4 August. Also that Newark businesses will consider offering discounts and offers to jugglers. Other ideas include offering vegetarian and vegan food options for hospitality businesses and decorating shop windows.
Jugglers will be wearing an official EJC wristband and will be looking out for the event’s friendly gnome logo in shop windows. Along with Totally Locally Newark we will be helping to promote all decorated shop windows. The EJC team will promote local businesses offering discounts to jugglers at Newark Showground. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
EJC What's on at the Showground
Western Arts Village
Here in the UK there is an ever growing community of Western Arts enthusiasts. At the EJC there will be an extensive area dedicated to throwing ranges, whip workshops, lasso lessons and gun spinning.
The throwing ranges are being run by The Essex Backyard Throwers who will be setting up and running many workshops over the week. They will have knives for you to borrow!
Balloon Jam Room
There will be hundreds of balloons for you to use to work on all your balloon models, adventurous or simple! Come along and find us in the conference rooms next to the Aerial hall.
There will be competitions and classes, talks and lectures, fun and twisting!
Aerial & Acro
There will be a fantastic indoor space dedicated to all things aerial and acrobatic. The space is being run by the fantastic Lost in Translation team who also be bringing their tremendous new big top for us to use.
Each morning in this Big Top there will be Masterclasses in advanced aerial skills.
It isn't an EJC without a lovely big space to practice all of your juggling tricks and this year won't be any different. Whatever your skill level you will be made to feel very welcome to practice and exchange ideas.
Fire, Flow & Glow
Brought to the convention by Bubba and his team of fire enthusiasts the fire space will the perfect place to work on all your burning and flow techniques. With days filled with juggling and flow and the nights filled with fire and glow. They are planning on having the biggest fire space ever seen at an EJC. There will music and paraffin to help you find your zone!
The Play team can be found in the Entertainment area, you won't be able to miss the fun and games that will be going on every day. We hope that you will enjoy all of the colourful installations. Join in the fun out on the field with the array of workshops on offer.
Future Circus - by Youth for Youth
The future circus village will be programmed by and for young circus enthusiasts (aged over 13). Young contributors are invited to get involved with the programme and be part of shaping the future of conventions and circus events in Europe.
The Ladybird Project will be joining us at the EJC offering a bespoke children’s play and cabaret area.
There will be a range of games, activities and shows tailor made to suit the younger members of the event. Many of these will take place in and around the fabulous Ladybird red tent.
Three club combat is the juggling sport with only one simple rule: The last person juggling wins! No convention is worth anything these days without a Fight Night and the EJC is the biggest one of the lot!