The 2018 CIRCUS STAD FESTIVAL in Rotterdam

2nd – 6th May.

The spectacle of the circus, the creativity of the theatre, the beauty of dance and live music that draws you in: you will find all this at Circusstad Festival. Five days chock-a-block with shows and acts for young and old. And the best part: you’ll be in the front row. A complete experience that will stay with you forever. Join the circus!

Enjoy international shows in the circus tents and individual acts in the atmospheric setting of the Schouwburgplein during the day and experience top international shows in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg and the Oude Luxor Theatre in the evening.

Want to fly, balance or juggle with a ridiculous number of balls? None other than the artists themselves will teach you how. Join workshops or practise your circus skills at the playground and have a beer – or pop – with the circus artists themselves.

The performances in the theatres and on the festival grounds will be supported by more eye-catching acts off-stage. And without a real backstage area, artists and audience can mingle, eat and drink in Circobistro. Here, besides digging into food and drinks, you can listen to music and enjoy additional circus acts.  Stichting Rotterdam Circusstad Foundation Codarts Circus Arts, Circus Rotjeknor, Theater Rotterdam and the Luxor Theater have joined forces to form the Stichting Rotterdam Circusstad Foundation to show Rotterdam and the rest of the Netherlands how beautiful, fun, spectacular and special innovative circus theatre really is.


Some highlights:

Cirk la Putyka – Batacchio (Dutch premiere) The latest sensation from Prague with a wink to the past with its modern circus show Battachio! A show with beautiful aerial acts, acrobatics, comedy, singing, a touch of magic and springboards. With a dose of humour, magic tricks and unexpected illusions, Cirk la Putyka will leave you amazed.

Circolombia – Acéléré (international top-class performance) The Circolombia power girls and boys are back to get a scintillating party going with energetic and exciting acrobatics and live music. Old circus techniques follows street-style acrobatics and rap. An up-tempo Latin show filled with raw, contagious energy that will have you swinging in your seat!

Gravity & Other Myths – A Simple Space (Dutch premiere) Never has the audience been this close up to a show: you can feel every breath and see every drop of sweat. Seven top acrobats elevate circus techniques to Olympic levels. The festival hit from Australia.

Wes Peden – Zebra (international top-class performance) Wes Peden, the rock god of jugglers, leaves you mesmerised with his absurd and technically complicated five-pin patterns. Zebra is a theatrically exciting performance in ‘all black & white’.

Circo eia – inTarsi A challenging performance in which four acrobats almost carelessly climb, jump and throw. Each player puts his or her faith in the hands of the other. The decor is a character in its own right and continually taken down and reconstructed.

Click here for more information, full programme and tickets