EJC 2013: Toulouse: 27 July – 3 August.
Our Circus Development Manager, Alice Brett, reports on the European Juggling Convention in Toulouse:
'This year’s European Juggling Convention took place in Toulouse, South West France. With over 2500 people pre-registering, and being in a central Europe location it was a busy one
It was exceedingly hot (well hot for a British person!) with temperatures reaching 34 degrees some days. It meant that you couldn’t do much during the day but that left plenty of time to catch up with old & new friends, pop into Toulouse city to do some sightseeing, or just sit and wonder at how people could juggle in the midday heat!
There were some fantastic shows on, my favourite being Defracto’s show “Circuits Fermés” a beautiful tale of 2 performers & their co-dependence. The Gala show was jam packed of astounding and inspiring performances, although a little too long at 2.5 hours (no interval)! Unfortunately the gala show line-up was kept as a surprise and I can’t find anything online with the names of the acts so I can’t give a list of my favourites or who performed. There were many other shows on with something for everyone.
The organisers did a great job of having spontaneous “things” happening, including a drive-by pool party (a van pulling a trailer with a pool on it, full of people having fun), a mobile disco (a sound system on a sack barrow), and my favourite – a van pulling a trailer with a band on it but with people jumping off to collect the rubbish!
There were many events occurring throughout the convention, including unicycling (flatland, trial & street) competitions, Kendama World Championship, Open Stage (where anyone can sign up to perform), Renegade (where anyone just gets up on stage and does something!), Bands, Talks about juggling (“juggling in the future”, “Juggling & it’s background”…), Fire spinning area, Slacklining, Fight Night (juggling game where you have to knock the opponents clubs out of their hands whilst you remain juggling - check out the video) et
It was another fantastic EJC, next year the EJC will be in Millstreet, Ireland from 19-27th July 2014 http://www.ejc2014.org/’