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Wes Peden - Rollercoaster

Wes Peden juggling with a ball and a length of plastic tubing

Wes returns with one hour of unadulterated joy. Using the thrill and design of rollercoasters as a starting point for a performance of the most exhilarating juggling ever made.

Surrounded by huge inflatable blue structures and accompanied by electro beats composed of distorted rollercoaster sounds, Peden performs original tricks inspired by rollercoasters and their high-tech seatbelts.

A spinning plate ceremony becomes a celebration of the great rides of the past; an epic 3 ball disco juggling evokes the evolution of rollercoasters; a 4 meter transparent tube turns into a path around Wes' body to make balls flow through loops, helixes, and corkscrews.

Rollercoaster twists theatrical rules to create a safe space place to perform some of the most difficult and unique juggling ever done on stage!

Lost in Translation - Above

Two performers hanging from an aerial rope

An enchanting circus fable by Lost in Translation Circus, taking you somewhere between the ground and the sky, reverie and reality.

Inspired by Italo Calvino's novel The Baron in the Trees, Above tells the story of a rebellious spirit who decides to leave the ground and take up a life in the treetops of a forest.

A beautiful piece of acrobatic circus at its finest, a show to thrill young and old alike, Above features astonishing performances that mix high flying aerial stunts and amazing acrobatics with hilarious knockabout slapstick and juggling.

Enter the forest, get lost in the treetops and you’ll discover a whole new world.

Workshops

We have an abundance of workshop spaces and hope to be offering workshops in all sorts of circus skills from juggling to Russian bar. Like the rest of the convention, the workshops are dependent on volunteers; if you’d like to run a workshop get in touch at thebjc2022workshops@gmail.com.

Lost in Translation

A big top in a field

Lost in Translation are one of the UK's leading contemporary circus companies and will be running a whole programme of workshops over the week, including ones we've never had at a BJC before! They are skilled in Russian Bar, Cradle, and aerial arts and up for sharing their skills.

Traders

Once again we’ll have a selection of traders selling all sorts of juggling and circus related toys.

If you're interested in trading at BJC please email ali@gravityoutlaws.co.uk with the subject line "BJC2022".

Fight Night

Fight Night returns to BJC! Featuring some of the UK's (and further afield’s) best jugglers battling it out for the BJC Fight Night Champion title! If you’re not familiar with Fight Night you can get a taste with this video.

British Balloon Modelling Convention

Once again the British Balloon Modeling Convention (BBMC) will return with a balloon jam room and workshops throughout the event.

BYJOTY

The British Young Juggler of the Year will be returning to BJC and there's still space in the show for acts! Are you looking to show off your new act? Kickstart your future juggling career? Get booked for one day conventions? Simply want to have a go at performing? Then this is for you!

We are looking for young people to take part in the BYJOTY show. It's an evening where people gather to see the best young talent the UK has to offer.

As well as being an amazing show to be a part of, it's an incredible show to watch and see the young up-and-coming circus talent first-hand. Not to be missed!

Entrants must pre-register for the competition, be 21 or under, and be British-ish (at least resident in the UK).

Western Skills workshops & Whip cracking championship

Pete Gamble will be back running a host of Western Skills workshops including whip cracking, lasso spinning and throwing, bolas, and gun spinning, as well as The British Whip Cracking Championship. And if you ask him nicely, Pete might also run his ever-popular lockpicking workshop!

The Ladybird Project

The Ladybird Project will be with us all week and providing fun games and activities for kids and kids-at-heart. Their beautiful circus tent will be the heart of the fun and bursts at the seams with creativity. Expect activities like: silly games, story-telling pirate adventures, and clown cricket (with a water balloon for a ball)!

Spinning@

People relaxing and playing board games in a tent

Spinning@ is a group of jugglers, spinners, object manipulators, and circus people that have been meeting weekly in London since 2002.

Over the years they have grown and invested in building the "Spinning@ chill out space" which visits various juggling events and circus conventions throughout the UK, bringing a strong social aspect and feeling of community to any event it arrives at. This is a 120m² marquee filled with twinkly LED lighting, decorations and comfy surroundings. There will be board games, fancy dress, chilled music, and an atmosphere of relaxing fun and silliness.

The chill out space is a lovely place to sit, chat, meet new and old friends, and watch the convention action unfold.

Unicycle Skills

Unicycle Skills will be providing unicycle games, competitions such as Sumo and freestyle, beginner and advanced workshops, and a demonstration of different unicycle disciplines.