We are asking for funds to help us to produce the London Clown Festival 2017.
We want would really like to produce the festival again after the success of 2016 reaching out to new audiences and cementing our relationship with those that we attracted last year.
Donating will help us to begin moving away from the pay to play model and box office splits and enable us, along with other funding, to get to a point where we can offer guarentees to our artists.
Aims For London Clown Festival 2017
2016 was a huge success and both audiences and performers were keen that we follow up with a second festival in 2017 in an effort to capitalise on the momentum and in order to promote the festival as an annual feature in London.
We want to build on our success by:
London Clown Festival 2016
The Inaugural London Clown Festival took place in June 2016 in an abandoned car park in Manor House
4 days of workshops
London Clown Festival is a festival of physical comedy and clown influenced contemporary performance exploring what Clown is to the modern performer and their audiences.
In recent years there has been upsurge in comedy and theatre of performers who have been influenced by the teachings of Lecoq and Gaulier many of whom have gone on to become celebrated award winning artists. However, Clown remains an enigma to the general public beyond the stereotypical image of the clown as found in circus performance, red nose, big shoes and squirty flower.
So much so that sometimes performers are reluctant to identify themselves as Clowns.
The influence of Clown is found everywhere once you know what to look for with performers as diverse as Tommy Cooper, Charlie Chaplin, Sasha baron cohen (Ali G, Borat), French and Saunders and Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) amongst many that use clowning in their performances.
We at London Clown Festival program an exciting, inspiring and eclectic mix of current performers who embody the principals of this timeless art form. In doing so we hope to share the joy and exhilaration of Clown with a wide breadth of audiences both young and old.
A vital aspect of the festival is a genuine drive to engage with the local community.
We will engage a community engagement officer who will be employed in the lead up and during the festival to promote the festival to groups such as:
We hope to provide discounted and, in some cases, free tickets to these groups to encourage attendance.
We have close ties to both the
We believe that it is everyone, man, woman or child’s right to put aside the cares of life and smile for a while. We work with widely varying groups in several countries to help bring smiles and happiness to people, whether as Clown Doctors for children undergoing difficult medical treatments or through arts, music and crafts workshops.
Clown Without Borders believes shares joyful experiences with children living in some of the most hostile circumstance in the world including conflict zones, refugee camps and areas of natural disaster. This is because we believe every child has the right to a childhood full of laughter and play, regardless of their circumstances. Through our clown-based performances we create unique opportunities for children to engage in imaginative play, self expression and most importantly, laughter.
Promoting their missions and helping to fundraise is an important part of the festival.
This project offers rewards in return for your donation.