GALA 22.02.2022

Gala Ambassador 2022 - Helena Bonham Carter

The National Centre for Circus Arts is delighted to announce Helena Bonham Carter as this year’s Gala Ambassador. Taking place on Tuesday 22nd February, this extraordinary fundraising event will celebrate the joy of live performance and the launch of an exciting new initiative with award-winning circus theatre company, Ockham’s Razor.

I’ve always gravitated towards the circus – a place to which one can run away, or indeed relocate one’s inner sparkle. I am in awe of the artistry and talent exhibited by the students of the National Centre for Circus Arts, and am delighted to offer my support as Gala Ambassador at a time when the arts, and the next generation of performers, need our help more than ever. I’m particularly happy to do this in memory of my late and great friends Nell Gifford, circus performer and proprietor, and Helen McCrory who was a past Gala Ambassador. As Nell said “one must always keep the circus going inside”.

Helena Bonham Carter

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Join us to celebrate and support the next generation of circus artists

A unique event from the National Centre for Circus Arts in partnership with acclaimed circus company Ockham’s Razor.

Tuesday 22 Feb

7pm Arrival

8pm Dinner, performances and auction

10:30pm Carriages

You are invited to join us and be part of an extraordinary fundraising evening, which will celebrate the joy of live performance and the launch of an exciting new initiative in partnership with Ockham’s Razor, an award-winning circus theatre company, consistently producing ground breaking, artistically excellent work. They design ambitious structures, pushing the boundaries and uses of circus equipment, and have received world-wide critical and public acclaim. Their repertoire of work includes Memento Mori, Tipping Point and This Time, stretching back over the last seventeen years.

This partnership will see the creation of a brand-new graduate company offering employment to our talented young circus artists, enabling them to tell their stories, inspire audiences and bring joy with their incredible skills.

Come and immerse yourselves in our world for an evening and see for yourself how you can support the next generation of circus artists, giving them that vital safety net to experiment, take risks and create world-class performances. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend, please make a donation to this fantastic fundraising evening.


In order to both limit the spread of Covid-19 and offer peace of mind to all our guests, the NCCA will request that each guest carry out a lateral flow test prior to arriving at the event. We will also closely follow any government guidelines at the time and ensure that all necessary precautions are in place.

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The Gala will be held in our building, a magnificent Victorian power station in Hoxton.

THE GALA 22.02.2022