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Circus Comes to Town! - Sydney Festival 2018

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Circus City takes over Parramatta
This is a free family event.

Roll up, roll up for a world of high-flying hoopla as Circus City takes over Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta.

On Thursday 11 January from 5:30pm onwards, you can join in the opening of Circus City and the Big Top celebrations. It will be a fun evening of free entertainment, from live music to performances and workshops, where you can test out your circus skills. The park will come alive with a variety of larger-than-life personalities!

Circus is coming to Town! Photo Credit: Sydney Festival 2018

You can try your hand at hula hooping, juggling, stilts, unicycles, balancing beams, spinning plates and a whole host of other circus fun. There will be an entertaining team of skilled instructors onsite to help you out (and tell you a few tricks or two).

There will be a FREE sausage sizzle from 5.30pm! It's first come, first served!

Below is a detailed schedule of what will be on at Circus Comes to Town:

Aerial artists suspended from a crane

5.30pm 5.45pm
7.45pm 8pm

Look up! Captain Ruin from Circus Oz will attempt a straight-jacket escape while suspended from a 20m high crane. This incredible and dangerous stunt is only performed by a handful of artists in the world and it's going to happen right here at Circus City. Later in the evening, the incredible Elli Huber will take to the sky on her aerial silk.

Hot Potato Band
5.30pm 6pm
6.45pm 7.15pm

Anything could happen! Known to cause a severe case of happy fever, this 10-piece roving brass band is sure to put a smile on your face with their unique live show. The Hot Potato Band has become one of the most celebrated festival bands in Australia, bringing an Australian edge to its multi-genre music, influenced by ska, blues, funk, pop, reggae, Afro-Cuban and folk, as well as the classic brass band sounds of New Orleans.

Flying Trapeze Performances
5.45pm 6pm
6.45pm 7pm

Sydney Trapeze School will swing and soar on a 10-metre high trapeze rig! Watch these daredevils flip, fly, throw and catch each other in a gravity-defying display. Like what you see? You can have a go at one of their Flying Trapeze Workshops.

Aerialize drop-in workshops
Every 15 mins from 6.308.30pm

Ahead of their takeover of the Courtyard at Riverside Theatres, Aerialize will set up their outdoor rig for Circus Comes to Town! After a quick warm-up, you'll learn a trick on the trapeze, guided by Aerialize's expert trainers.

Highly Sprung
6pm show, followed by free jumping on the trampolines

Legs On The Wall bring their multi-level, outdoor trampoline playground to Circus City with Highly Sprung. Free performances of sky-high storytelling by these acrobat experts are followed by audience bounce-offs, where you get the chance to leap and bound.

Highly Sprung is a spectacle of trampolining expertise, as four performers mix theatre, dance, parkour, tramp and street art in a jumping, spinning, flying and falling story about overcoming everyday hurdles.

After the show, you're invited to kick off your shoes and have a bounce, aided by Legs On The Wall's trained performers.

Fire spinning performance
7.15pm 7.30pm
8.15pm 8.30pm

Turn up the heat as Sydney's best fire performers light up Circus City.

A wonderful action-packed circus for the whole family! Come early to enjoy some free sausage sizzles and learn a few circus tricks or two.
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Why? A fun circus night out for the whole family
When: 5.30pm - 10:30pm
Where: Prince Alfred Square Cnr Church Street and Market Street Parramatta 2510
Cost: FREE
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