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Education & Workshops

New Circus Kid in Town


The Christchurch circus community has a new kid on the block – in the form of Circability Trust. Circability was formed in Northland and Auckland over 12 years ago, with a focus of using circus as an avenue for social good, led by director Thomas Hinz. The motto for Circability is “all ages, all abilities, all cultures, better together”, and classes are built around teaching skills at a level that is accessible for all and caters to the needs of the individuals in each class. Tutors use social circus to bring joy, excitement, and physical playfulness to groups within the community who may not normally have access to it.

Last year Circability was able to expand to three new centres (Bay of Plenty, Wellington, and here in Christchurch), thanks to help from the Ministry of Cultural and Heritage Fund. This was a reflection of the growing interest for social circus classes and workshops around the country.

Flair McKay, the regional hub manager for Canterbury, has been busy organising classes and workshops in the region by engaging with multiple schools and community groups. These have kicked off in the new year with a bang, in part because of the dedicated efforts from lead tutor, Valentian Piasente. Flair is also focusing on curating events such as community based performances and Celebrate Together, a celebration for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. These events will celebrate the different groups engaged with Circability and encourage confidence building and joy, as well as opportunities for connection.

Keen to learn circus in a way that is approachable, easy, and fun? Then come along to the Gloucester St Project on the afternoons of Saturday the 2nd and 9th of March. There you will find two of Circability’s tutors eager to teach and engage with anyone who walks by. There will be many props available for you to have a dabble with. Who knows, you may even find you gain enough confidence with your newfound skills to perform on the community stage.


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