The Mullum Circus Festival today announced that it will henceforth be known as National Circus Festival, with its new name and branding officially unveiled alongside its early bird 2021 program announcement.


To be held at the Mullumbimby Showground from September 20 – 26, the National Circus Festival hosts a dual program with two distinct streams, including a four-day National Training Program from September 20 – 23, assembling the nation’s best performers in one location to collaborate, trial new shows and develop existing works.


Following the training program, the weekend of September 24 – 26 will see the festival go into full swing, with a program of more than fifty events set to take the stages over the three-days, with the first ten acts announced today.


Leading today’s early bird program announcement, ‘Collision’ is the B-boy, Hip hop and Hula Hooper, Pop and lock cross-pollination of contemporary circus and street dance, that sees two Brisbane powerhouse companies in Casus Circus and Mad Dance House combine in this movement epic.


Joining Casus Circus and Mad Dance House is one of Australia’s most celebrated proponents of acrobatics and performance, Alex Mizzen. A trained gymnast and a graduate from the National Theatre Ballet, Alex Mizznen will present her award-winning solo show, which will astound and exemplify why she is known as one of Australia’s finest performers.


Also included in today’s announcement is international Hula Hooper artist Anna Fisher, and the powerful cross point of visual art and circus with Jack Silvestro’s new work ‘December’ – A captivating solo physical theatre performance marking Australia’s history and honouring those affected by 2020’s Black Summer.


‘Werk It’ from Victoria’s Circus Trick Tease, is the celebration of spandex, high-vis, vitality and vigour! A riot of colour and movement – big tricks delivered by an all-star cast with more sass and swagger than a TLC video clip.  Kamilaroi man from Mungindi, Dale Woodbridge-Brown, a renowned acrobat from all-male cabaret Briefs: Close Encounters, will be the National Circus Festival MC. While making the trip up the coast will be Canberra’s Warehouse Youth Circus.


The festival will also host some of Byron Shire’s brightest stars from the world-famous bubble man, circus and sideshow artist, Dr Hubble, Spaghetti graduate success story Hannah Richards, and Spaghetti Circus’ new troupe show: ‘Bails of Hey!’


National Circus Festival Director Alice Cadwell said she was excited to release its new branding along with the first preview of the 2021 festival program.


After our hiatus with the festival, it feels great to come back in such a strong fashion with new branding and an amazing program – this early release is just a tip of the iceberg of what we’re offering in 2021”, Alice said.


“This year’s festival will truly be a celebration of circus for everyone with world-class shows, broad training program featuring highly-skilled teaching artists, fun for the whole family, unexpected delights, a giant Globe, great food and coffee and so much more.”


To celebrate festival rebranding and to celebrate the announcement of the events first 10 artists for the 2021 festival, organisers have announced a limited run of early bird tickets available via the National Circus Festival website –




National Training Program

Monday 20 – Thursday 23 September

Festival Weekend

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 September

Mullumbimby Showground, NSW

For further information and tickets:





National Circus Festival is a celebration of circus for everyone.

SEE internationally acclaimed acts by Australia’s leading artists at one of our big tops, aerial rigs, studios or under the fig trees. Wander through a 25-metre inflatable globe, meet roving performers en route to our family play space or lounge at the outdoor cinema.

HEAR the raucous applause of festivalgoers being blown away by impossible, daring feats. Share in the sheer delight and childish squeals of families enjoying physical theatre, street art and interactive play spaces.

FEEL the fear, excitement and anticipation as artists undertake death-defying stunts, swing from the trapeze at great heights, juggle danger and perform awe-inspiring acrobatics.

TASTE delicious meals as our food stalls take your tongue for a culinary adventure across the globe. Then take a stroll down Sweet Street for fairy floss, ice cream, crepes, popcorn and other saccharine delights.

BREATHE pristine air in paradise at the base of Mount Chincogan in the Byron hinterland. Truly one of the nature’s spectacles, Mullumbimby is a stunning place to host this magic event and come home to.

STAY for a day, the weekend or camp for the whole festival, you’ll find plenty to please the senses. And if it all gets too much, unplug, reconnect and wet your whistle at our festival bar The Plover and Pony. 

National Circus Festival acknowledges the people of the Bundjalung Nation, traditional custodians of the land on which we live, love, work & play.


National Circus Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.