European Circus Festivals

UK + IRELAND

Circus City – Circus

CircusFest season at The Roundhouse – Circus

Glastonbury Theatre and Circus – Big Top and Street Performance

Inside Out Dorset – Street Arts and Circus

Irish Aerial Dance Festival – Aerial Dance

London International Mime Festival – Visual Theatre

Mintfest – Street Arts and Circus

National Circus Festival of Ireland – Circus

Out There Festival – Circus and Street Arts

Stockton International River Festival – Street Arts and Circus

TILT Festival – Aerial and Physical Theatre

X-TRAX – Street Arts and Circus

BELGIUM

Festival UP! – Circus

Hors Pistes – Circus

Humorologie – Circus and Comedy

MiramirO – Circus, Street Arts and Site-Specific Performance

La Piste aux Espoirs – Circus

Theater op de Markt – Circus

Zomer van Antwerpen – Circus and other arts

CROATIA

Festival Novog Cirkusa – Circus

CZECH REPUBLIC

Cirkopolis – Circus

Letní Letná – Circus

DENMARK

Ny Cirkus Festival – Circus

ESTONIA

Circus Tree – Circus

FINLAND

Cirko Festivaali – Circus

Cirko Pikkolo – Circus

Circus Ruska – Circus

Future Circus – Circus

Hiljaisuus Festivaali/Silence Festival – Circus and Performing Arts

FRANCE

Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque – Circus

CIRCa – Circus

Festival des Artistes de Cirque – Circus

Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain – Circus acts

Furies Festival – Circus and Street Arts

Midi Pyrénées fait son cirque en Avignon – Circus

Village de Cirque – Circus

GERMANY

Strada – Street Arts and Circus

Via Thea – Street Arts and Circus

Zircomania – Circus

GREECE

Athens Circus Festival – Circus

HUNGARY

Budapest International Circus Festival – Circus

ITALY

Festival Mirabilia – Circus and Performing Arts

LATVIA

ReReRiga – Street Arts and Circus

Golden Karl – Circus acts

LITHUANIA

New Circus Weekend – Circus

MONACO

Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo – Circus acts

NETHERLANDS

Circo Circolo – Circus

CircusFestival Enschede – Circus

Circusstad – Circus

Circustheaterdagen – Circus

NORWAY

Circus Village – Circus

POLAND

Carnaval Sztuk-Mistrzów – Circus and Street Arts

RUSSIA

Idol World Festival of Circus Art – Circus acts

Moscow International Circus Festival – Circus Acts

ROMANIA

Sibiu – Theatre and Circus

SPAIN

Festival Internacional Circo – Circus

Firatàrrega – Visual Performance and Circus

MalabHaría – Circus

(Catalonia) Trapezi – Circus

SWEDEN

Subtopia – Circus (Industry only)

SWITZERLAND

Young Stage – Circus

There’s also a variety of Circus arts available at large performing arts festivals like Edinburgh, Brighton, and Helsinki.

Do drop me a line to add any to the list!

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  1. Some more festivals from Finland for your list:

    Circus Ruska Festival is on January in Tampere. The website’s english version is quite modest, but the festival isn’t. http://circusruska.com/festival/en/

    Silence Festival in June in Kittilä, Lapland, it programmes other performing arts as well but circus is in the centre. http://hiljaisuusfestivaali.info/silence-festival/

    In Turku they have this very small festival called Future Circus in August, the website is only in Finnish, I’m afraid. http://www.futurecircus.fi/

    Tampere Theatre Festival in August and Helsinki Festival in August and September also present occasional circus. http://www.teatterikesa.fi/in_english/
    http://www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi/en/

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