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Be dazzled by an impressive, family-friendly line-up of aerial acrobatics, hilarious flips and slips, and a whole lot of tricks!   

Spanning two weekends, Aotea Square will transform into a mini-festival featuring a mixture of local and international circus and music performance. From slippery tricks in Manubrium Circus Theatre's Towel You What!? to the dreamy circus antics of Colossal and the impressive acrobatics of HighJinx Youth Company, you’ll find yourself wanting to run away with the circus in no time.  

Perfect for whānau and tamariki, make the most of these free sessions this April school holiday. Check out the full programme below.  
 

Circus in the Square – Rise and Shine - Weekend One
 

Whānau Flow - Storytime Yoga and Live Music | 11 am
Guided by established choreographer and yoga instructor, Brigid Costell, and accompanied by Joe Dekkers-Reihana's stunning live music, don’t miss this story-led yoga session for the whānau. It'll leave you feeling ready to take on the rest of the day’s adventures! 

Curious Wanderings | 12:15 pm & 1.15 pm 
Emerging and talented circus troupe, Highjinx Youth Company is offering a unique insight into how urban spaces can be transformed through playful physicality and circus storytelling. Woven into the story are elements of hand-balancing, contortion, stilt walking, tumbling, unicycling and aerial work.

Scribbles | 12:45 pm
Inspired by a well-loved notebook, the scribbles of youth circus performer, Mary come to life through the use of aerial straps, visual art, and body movement. 

Towel You What!?| 1:30 pm
A combination of slippery acrobatics and fluffy puns, Towel You What!? celebrates the unsung hero of our time: the humble towel.

Towel You What!? Circus Workshop | 2:30 pm
Have a go at learning tips and circus tricks with the performers from Towel You What!?
 

Circus in the Square – Sunset Sessions - Weekend Two
 

Curious Wanderings | 4:00 pm & 5.30 pm
Emerging and talented circus troupe, Highjinx Youth Company offers a unique insight into how urban spaces can be transformed through playful physicality and circus storytelling. Woven into the story are elements of hand-balancing, contortion, stilt walking, tumbling, unicycling and aerial work.

Are You Having Fun Yet? | 4:30 pm
Don’t miss this fun, circus variety show! Six artists - from acrobats to an accordion player -  reveal their secret joys and how to find them in this quirky cabaret for the whole family. 

Dream Garden | 6:00pm
Featuring aerial acrobatics, comedy and live art projections, this daring circus duet is inspired by the concept of dreams - dreams of being an astronaut, a superhero, of flying and of falling. “Hands down one of the best shows at Bread and Circus World Buskers Festival 2019”. 

Park for $2 per hour at The Civic car park on weekends. Find out more

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Last updated: 31 March 2021