FULL CIRQLE - Edinburgh's Centre for Circus Arts

by fullcirqle in Edinburgh

We did it
On 18th April 2015 we successfully raised £8,865 with 261 supporters in 15 days

Be a part of a brand new dedicated Circus and performance arts centre.

by fullcirqle in Edinburgh

New stretch target


Full Cirqle : Edinburgh's Centre for Circus Arts opens this May in Portobello. Help us make a circus heart for Edinburgh. 

 

We hit the initial target and two stretch goals! Everything raised in this final day goes towards the next phase of building work - plumbing, joinery, the security system. Please support and share to give us the best possible start for Full Cirqle!

Watch our video and read below to help launch this new venue for creation, learning and sharing - the first full time contemporary circus centre in Scotland.

What is Full Cirqle?

One month ago a group of circus makers were offered the rare chance to take on a warehouse building in Portobello, a seaside town on the outskirts of Edinburgh, and dedicate it to circus arts. We took that chance and Full Cirqle was born. But we only have four weeks to get rigging points and truss in, install an entry system and make it safe for children before we open on 10 May!

There are people working in Circus all over Scotland but all share their spaces with other projects. Edinburgh's brand new Centre for Circus Arts will include a dance studio, two rehearsal spaces, storage, offices and an aerial barn. It is a bold and exciting project at just the right time, days before several groups of circus artists lost their training space at nearby The Arts Factory to demolition. Full Cirqle expects to be home to seven circus companies and up to 50 individual members working in circus, theatre, parkour, music, film, yoga, pilates and physical therapies. We want to welcome our wider community to learn, train and play with us. The social enterprise we are creating is by the people for the people!

Full Cirqle is going to become a hub for Scotland's Circus community and a unique place in the cultural scene. It has so much to offer, bursting with potential. We will be a community building throwing the doors open to people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and share the joy of Circus. Classes and workshops will educate, events will inspire, cabarets and open days will connect us together. Come to visit or come to stay, we want to welcome Circus artists from across the world to a warm, welcoming place to train and work.

What it could look like! This is one of our inspirations - Circus Central in Newcastle.

What is contemporary Circus?

Contemporary Circus fuses performing arts such as dance, theatre, gymnastics, acrobatics and object manipulation. Our building will house all sorts of juggling, aerial, parkour, yoga, massage, hula hooping, poi/staff spinning, hand balancing, acrobatics, partner acro, soft martial arts, gymnastics, contortion, unicycling, slacklining, cyr wheel, chinese pole, dance and many more exciting things that come together under the umbrella of contemporary Circus arts.

Who are We?

Our core team (Ron, Julie, Phyllis, Rob) came together to seize this opportunity with backgrounds in operating and refurbishing buildings, show, tour,  festival, venue and event management. Between us we have produced some of the biggest Circus projects in Scotland including The Commonwealth Youth Circus, touring shows JAMP and 9-2-5, Celtic fire theatre collective PyroCeltica and The Portobello Arts Factory, as well as teaching, performing and producing circus projects across the UK (Play Festival, UK Youth Circus Network Conference, Invisible Circus's Happiness Machine) and the world (Burning Man, Danish Juggling Convention). We love making circus in Scotland and want Full Cirqle to connect to our circus family all across the world. We will be operating as a community interest company run by its members. Profits (when they are made) will go back into improving the centre and our ability to support performing arts and Circus in Scotland.   

The Commonwealth Youth Circus trained 18 young performers and toured a 15 tonne set to 17 locations across Scotland

What will my support go towards?

Everything is happening very fast. A core of volunteers are already painting, fixing and building like crazy to get basic spaces ready and members are donating their equipment to kit the place out. But there are some things that we don't have, can't make ourselves and can't borrow. That's why we need your support - to pay for rigging and entry systems to keep the space secure, get qualified professional technicians and structural engineers to make the space safe to train in.

The £5000 we are aiming for will go towards:

  • Truss, slings, shackles and bolts in the main room - £658
  • Cable, slings and rope in the aerial barn - £1024
  • Truss for the aerial barn - £2500
  • Qualified aerial rigger to install main room and aerial barn kit - £750
  • Acrobatic lunge line (a safety harness for working up high) - £325
  • Plumbing, joinery and electrics - £1228

***Now that we have reached our baseline of £6500 for the rigging and building works listed here we are working towards wooden floor for the dance / yoga studio (£400), insulation round the doorways of the aerial barn (£600), a website and booking system (£600), a fresh water tap and second toilet (£400). Funding applications have been submitted for netting, curtains and curtain rails.***

Once the building is rigged and safe the community of 50 members will cover the basic rent. We have funding applications in for more investment in the space and will generate income from hires. We can have a sustainable circus hub but have to pull together to make it happen. Every pound gets us closer to that goal so pick a fun reward and join in.

A version of the rigging plan. What will it actually look like? Come along to the launch on 10 May and find out...

We also need to strengthen our community. We want you to be part of the Circus movement. We want you to come to Full Cirqle so we can teach learn and grow together. This is only the beginning. Join the family and we will be strong - we are offering earlybird memberships with a fiver off (get them while they are hot) and other great bargains and fun thank-yous. We don't want donations instead we want support and we will do everything we can to honour the support you can give us!

Why should I back this campaign?

You believe that a thriving arts space is the heart of a community. You want to spread the joy of circus. You want to be a part of the Scottish circus movement or maybe you are already. Perhaps you just feel there should be a little more magic in the world. Whoever you are you will always be welcomed at Full Cirqle.

We have been looking for a dedicated circus space for years. We have only a few short weeks to make this dream a reality for ourselves and everyone who loves circus.

We have landed ourselves an amazing building, subletting from an arts charity called  'Out of the Blue' arts and education trust - they do great work providing affordable art space.  We hope to have a long tenancy developing the building to suit its new purpose as a mecca for Circus Arts.  The building is in great condition with a fantastic open plan feel, it's warm and bright and has a brilliant location a stonesthrow from Portobello beach with good bus links, cycle routes and with a host of local eateries and conveniences. 

ACT NOW. This is only a TWO WEEK CAMPAIGN because that's all the time we have to get things started.

Keep reading to find out more about the space, check out the rewards and then pledge and share TODAY so that we can meet our target in only half the time of most campaigns.

Love

The Full Cirqlers

Circus makes you happy and it makes the sun shine. Fact. (This is circus in Ithaca but sometimes the sun shines in Scotland too.)

About the space

This is the main hall. If you are a member you will be issued with an electronic key to use this space 24/7 for open Circus training. The 3 glass fronted rooms will be for meetings/private hire,  communal office/internet space for Circus businesses and a massage/therapy room. 

This is the Aerial Barn - a warehouse style room will be fully rigged for all types of Aerial arts. There will be lots of classes most evenings hosted by the some of the best Aerial tutors in Scotland.  When there is no aerial in this room it will be used for Parkour (free running), acrobatics (lunge line) and Chinese pole. 

 

 Below is the Dance and Yoga studio. Imagine it with wooden floors and mirrors. It also has big radiators and a good ventilation system for a controllable climate. This very nice space will be available to rent per hour for hosting a wide variety of different classes and workshops.  

 

The mezzanine is another low cost rentable space which can be partitioned in two and curtained in. Perfect for larger classes or for artists who want some private space for creation process. 

 

PLEDGE NOW, TELL YOUR FRIENDS, SPREAD THE WORD.

THEN ON MAY 10th YOU ARE ALL WELCOME TO JOIN US FOR THE OPENING PARTY.

BE PART OF THE CIRCUS MOVEMENT!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

CircuSkool taster. Come and try out our weekly Circus club on Sunday nights from 6-9pm. Just bring your self and your fun face. All ages welcome.

£6 or more

£6 Reward

Circus stickers! Make any object 168% cooler by putting circus stickers on it. "The circus ran away with me", "Eat. Sleep. Juggle. Repeat.", "Bro, do you even base?", "Got hoops?" and other varied nonsense on full colour sticky circles of joy (min 24 stickers).

£7 or more

£7 Reward

Day pass for the centre. You will be sent an e ticket to use the building at your leisure for a 24 hour period of your choosing. Come and try a taster session. Valid for all of 2015

£8 or more

6 of 20 claimed

£8 Reward

Parkour class - join Access Parkour for an adventurous exhilerating outdoor 2 hour session - suitable for beginners. Timetable at http://www.accessparkour.com/parkour-class/

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Join the CIRQLE OF FRIENDS and a colourful badge of circus joy will be yours!

£12 or more

£12 Reward

Your name written in Circus Performers. We will spell out your first name using circus performers and their props and take a photo which will be emailed to you in June.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Sip the coffee of righteousness from your "I'd Rather Be Doing Circus" mug. Also available as "Doing Acro", "Juggling" and "Be Upside Down".

£19 or more

£19 Reward

Our version of the classic Eat. Sleep. Juggle. Repeat. t-shirt. Ability to juggle not required to take this reward. Range of sizes.

£19 or more

£19 Reward

Classic upside down "This Is My Handstand T-Shirt". Ability to do handstands not required.

£20 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£20 Reward

Youth parkour class 4 week pass for Access Parkour - suitable for beginners - surprise yourself with what you can achieve in just a month! http://www.accessparkour.com/parkour-class/ for details

£20 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£20 Reward

Set of Juggling Balls Edinburgh's circus shop www.cascadejuggling.com have kindly donated 10 sets of balls. Learn to juggle or give these as the perfect gift. Sent to your address in May.

£22 or more

£22 Reward

"Circus Every Damn Day" women's shorties style underwear in black or red. Underwear drawer motivation to get your ass in the training room! Also now available in "CircusTime" for other circus fans :)

£25 or more

4 of 6 claimed

£25 Reward

A one-to-one private coaching session with an Access Parkour team member to hone your skills or just try something new. Exhausting; technical; physical; punishing; brutal and yet somehow still completely worth it. Treat yourself :)

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Your name written in Circus Performers in a high quality print. We will spell out your first name using performers and their props. We will take a photo and have the print sent to your house with a special thankyou note signed by our Circus team on the back. We will also email it to you.

£30 or more

2 of 6 claimed

£30 Reward

A group training session with Access Parkour - get a group of up to 10 and put yourself through your paces with the Access team. Suitable for all levels. Check http://www.accessparkour.com/parkour-class/ for details.

£30 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£30 Reward

1 months membership. 24/7 access to communal areas (not aerial) for 30 days. Normal price is £35. You get a fiver off. note: you still need to pay a returnable key deposit of £20.

£33 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£33 Reward

1 hours massage in our therapy room by annieminnaar.co.uk Relax and unwind, you don't need to enjoy circus for this one, it's also the perfect gift.

£35 or more

20 of 20 claimed

£35 Reward

One on One Workshop with an experienced Circus tutor. Book yourself in and come to the centre for a 1 hour intensive session with one of our awesome teachers. Choose from any of the following activities *Juggling with Will and Bob. * Hula hoop with Becca rose hoops, *Chinese pole with Hania. *Poi with Colin and Kirstie *Staff with Julie and Ron. *Diabolo with Dan. *Levi-stick with Franzi *Acro balance or acrobatic dance with Emily.

£40 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£40 Reward

One hour Swedish, Thai or fusion massage treatment with Phyllis - loosen out shoulders, ease lower back pain or just bliss out.

£40 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£40 Reward

Hula hoopla! A 6 week hooping course with the wonderful Delighters - suitable for any level.

£50 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£50 Reward

1 hr private object manipulation workshop at Full Cirqle with expert manipulator Rob Thorburn of Circus Alba - You name the prop!

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

1 hr private acrobalance workshop at with Circus Alba's director Suzy Enoch

£50 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£50 Reward

A whole autumn term of children's circus classes with Circus Alba Youth Circus!

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£50 Reward

One hour private lesson in aerial silks by Jen from All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre at Full Cirqle. Get your silks on!

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

Firetoys voucher! Firetoys have offered a £50 voucher to use at http://www.firetoys.co.uk Want to buy a new prop this summer? Help us make your circus center AND get yourself a brand new prop or two! That is a win-win-situation!

£50 or more

7 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

One of our amazing performers will create a one of a kind circus act to your favourite song and give you a personal thankyou or message on video which will be emailed to you. Wowzers!

£60 or more

£60 Reward

Get FULL CIRQLER training gear - a high quality cosy hoodie for keeping warm when you practice circus, watch circus or just go to the shops. Choice of colours and sizes.

£100 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£100 Reward

Half day act creation workshop with Rob Thorburn. Have one of Scotland's leading creative circus performers work on your circus number at a reduced rate.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£100 Reward

2 hr private acrobalance workshop with Rob and Suzy of Circus Alba - for individuals or group.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£100 Reward

LAST DAY SALE Face paint artist Becca will come to your event (Kids party? Hen do?) and paint you and your friends for up to 3 hours. Fun guaranteed! She does face paint for professional circus artists for shows, so get excited about this one. Now reduced for a ridiculous bargain. This award is limited to Edinburgh only. Date is to be organised with Becca.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

1 years worth of CircuSkool Circus club held every Sunday from 6-9pm Will cost £5 for non members. Perfect solution if you just want to train with friends once a week without being a member. Big discount.

£170 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£170 Reward

LAST DAY SALE. A performance of Delighters' solo LED show with mind-blowingly technology and gorgeous grace. For your event, party or just to sweep someone off their feet... If you have questions about this super special one-off reward contact info@delighters.org. (Edinburgh area only)

£250 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£250 Reward

Fundraising consultancy Truffle Pig will help you plan, draft and edit a funding application for up to £10,000 for your creative or community project. Get the resources to make your circus dream come true.

£300 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£300 Reward

1 years membership to FULL CIRQLE. If you are serious about your circus and want to train more than once per week in the centre then get this if you have the available funds for a £120 saving on month by month. (not including aerial)

£450 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£450 Reward

LAST DAY SALE. Half hour Circus Alba Show at your event! A fantastic show with clowning, acrobalance, juggling and more! Saving 50% on usual fees. Travel free if event is in edinburgh, to be negotiated if further afield.

£1,200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,200 Reward

LAST DAY SALE, BIG reduction. Epic Celtic Fire Theatre show at your event. 12 members of PyroCeltica will come to your event (in Scotland) and perform their brand new 'Fire seed' spectacular. custom soundtrack, costumes, props, highly choreographed 30 minute show with lots of explosions and a blazing backdrop. check their videos out at www.pyroceltica.org. This is a whopper of a deal. Only 1 available.


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