Stop Clowning Around and Roll up for SHOWZAM! 2015

I say, I say, I say…..How do you kill a circus? 

Residents of Blackpool and the tens of thousands of visitors from further afield who flock to the Winter Gardens each year in February half-term to experience Showzam! will be familiar with the particular blend of carnival, variety acts and circus that makes up the family-focussed festival.

It is always full of totally free activities; some to get involved in, some to stare at in wonder and amazement and some which allow you to do both at the same time. Last year No Fit State Circus Company enthralled crowds with their Matrix-style aerial work, whilst the Underwater Bubble Show in the Tower Circus proved a hit for young audiences, transporting them to a magical world of bubble-tasticness.  Circus skills workshops, side-shows and street entertainers were in abundance.

Showzam! 2015, however, is set to be bigger and more spectacularly circussy than ever before as LeftCoast (the company that brought As The World Tipped to town in the summer) are working in partnership with VisitBlackpool to introduce a host of new companies and artists to the programme and to take over the whole town. Showzam! 2015 promises to host the best circus companies and performers from the UK and beyond who will be presenting bold and exciting shows in usual and unusual spaces across the town.

Michael Trainor, Artistic Director of LeftCoast said of Showzam! 2015: “Blackpool literally is a Circus Town – it’s what makes it unique. We are not going to tell you what surprises we have in store for you just yet but save the date in your diaries, now! We promise you, you’ll want to run away to Circus Town.”

Showzam! ‘Circus Town’ Festival will take place from Saturday 14 to Wednesday 18 February 2015 inlcusive. The popular Carnival Ball will be held on Saturday 14 February with the theme ‘Romantics’.  Tickets will be on sale shortly via Showzam’s website: www.showzam.co.uk.

Alongside the shows for children, young people and families in 2015, a new ‘fringe’ programme of evening performances for the more adventurous is being introduced. To make sure you don’t miss out on what’s happening, we recommend that you sign up to email updates from LeftCoast or follow Showzam! on Twitter / Facebook.

(The answer, of course, is “Go for the juggler!”)


Featured image by Jay Clapp Photography.

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