Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

CCCF is the first contemporary circus festival to be held in the US, featuring 5 days of genre-defying shows, workshops, and more.
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Shayna Swanson
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Theater
Chicago, Illinois
United States
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Daringly Moving Circus, January 6-12, 2014

About the Festival

Based out of the beautiful and historic Athenaeum Theatre in glorious Chicago, the festival will fill 3 theaters with shows, workshops and community outreach, featuring nationally renowned, genre-defying artists from around the US and abroad.

The mission of this new festival is two-fold: to elevate the perception and promote the artistic view of circus performance in America and to inspire growth and development of budding new American circus artists and directors towards international levels of artistry and creation.

Since its inception, American circus has been viewed as clowns with big shoes, glittery show girl costumes and elephants. In stark contrast, the contemporary circus, already well established and respected in Europe, Canada and other parts of the world since the 1970's, is a mix of circus skill, theater, dance and music. It provokes emotion and feeling rather than focusing solely on technical skill.

Just as other industries have annual conventions to improve upon the skills and knowledge of its participants, we hope the CCCF will encourage American artists to explore what the world of circus is in other countries and develop a deeper artistic process. By attending professional development workshops and seminars, the level of professionalism, skills and business understanding will help the artist to compete in the global marketplace.

The CCCF believes that we can encourage an appreciation of all arts through the discovery of contemporary circus. This will ultimately lead audiences and artists to search out and support a greater variety of arts, be it classical or modern art, dance, music, theater, or cinema.​​


What We Need & What You Get

  • Through our Crowdfunding campaign we are attempting to raise $20,000. This is what we need to keep us from going to debtor's jail forever. However, the overall festival budget is $100,000, which we are attempting to raise through fundraisers, sponsorships and ticket sales. Everything over our goal lessens the stress on other funding sources.
  • Donating to our festival at any level will get you shout outs and endless appreciation. Each level has a unique gift package from t-shirts to VIP passes, recognition in our printed materials, even reserved tables at private parties with the artists! 
  • Most importantly though, donating brings us together as a community. It's an event that we all create together because we all realize the importance and need for it. It's our event and our celebration. Let's all be owners of it.

The Impact

Our goals for the festival include the following:

  • To expose American audiences to a new performing art that they will LOVE and be unable to believe they lived without for so long!
  • Expose performing arts presenters to exciting new programming options.
  • To encourage the development of new full-length American contemporary circus shows. So many people are making amazing acts that have nowhere to go once made. Let's make the shows for the acts to go into!
  • To guide US circus artists towards international standards of creation and promotion so that we can compete on the international market.
  • To connect individual circus artists with potential jobs, training and resources within the community.

Other Ways You Can Help

Some people just can’t contribute $$$, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:

  • We need airline miles! Please contact us if you can help get our artists here.
  • We also need other sorts of in-kind donations including hotel rooms or home-stays, catering, ground transportation (lend your car!) and so much more. 
  • Spread the word. Tell your Gazillionaire friends. Come to the festival.

See you in Chicago! Don't forget your snowsuit!

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$21,853USD
raised by 284 people in 1 month
109% funded
0 time left
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$20,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on November 8, 2013
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  • $100USD
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    Standing back layout!

    All of the above, a ticket to the festival show, El Circo Cheapo, and an official festival t-shirt!

    51 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $10USD
    High Five, man

    A CCCF button, a high-five at the festival and a shout out on Facebook.

    31 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $25USD
    Two-high

    The above and a hand-written and kissed thank you card.

    49 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $50USD
    Flash Five

    All of the above and a signed festival poster.

    43 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $150USD
    Throwing it out of lines!

    The above plus a copy of the Circa film "How Like an Angel."

    9 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $250USD
    The Golden Clown!

    The above plus 2 tickets to a Main Stage festival show of your choice.

    6 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $500USD
    Sponsor

    Listed as a festival sponsor on all festival materials. Thank you mention in our festival program. Premium seating at all shows attended. Recognition twice on our Facebook page of over 3,200 friends and growing. 2 festival t-shirts. One regular level festival pass

    6 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $1,000USD
    VIP sponsorship

    Listed as a VIP Sponsor on all printed materials. Thank you mention in our festival program. Premium seating at all shows attended. Recognition twice on our Facebook page of over 3,200 friends and growing. 2 festival t-shirts. 2 VIP festival passes. Backstage tour.

    3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $5,000USD
    Black Box Presenting Sponsor

    Your name or the name of your company before the Black Box Theater (i.e. The So-and-So Circus Lover Black Box Theater). Listed as a Black Box sponsor on all printed materials. 1/2 page ad in the festival program. A reserved table at every event. Premium seating at every show. Recognition four times on our Facebook page of over 3,200 friends and growing. 5 festival t-shirts. Meet and greet with the festival artists. 4 VIP festival passes. Backstage tour.

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    Company Presenting Sponsor

    Major presenter of a Company. Mentioned every time the Company is announced in performance or print. Thank you and a chance to speak before shows. Listed as a Company sponsor on all printed materials. 1/2 page ad in program. Reserved table at every event. Premium seating at all show. Recognition 8 times on Facebook page of over 3,200 friends and growing. 10 festival t-shirts. 6 VIP festival passes. Meet and greet with artists. Backstage tour.

    0 out of 3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $20,000USD
    Festval Presenting Sponsor

    Presenting sponsor of festival. Mentioned every time festival is announced in performance or print. Thanked before each show and at events and fundraisers. Speak to the audience before shows. Main sponsor in all print. Banner at festival venues. Inside cover program ad. Table at every event. Best seats at every show. Recognition 10 times on Facebook page of over 3,200 friends and growing. 20 t-shirts. 10 VIP passes. Meet and greet with artists. Backstage tour.

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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