National Youth Circus Event


The National Youth Circus Event brings together youth circus schools from across the UK, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The three day event gives youth circuses the opportunity to visit the National Centre for Circus Arts, take part in a weekend of workshops, masterclasses and meet other young circus performers. The weekend also includes a Practitioner Programme of workshops for group leaders.


21 – 23 February 2020 at the National Centre for Circus Arts.


See all the fun of the 2019 event on the  National Youth Circus Tumblr

Who should apply

Applications are welcome from youth circuses all over the UK and Ireland. Groups must consist of participants (aged 11 – 16 years) and two group leaders aged over 18 years.

Successful applicants will receive free catering and a full programme of activities for the weekend. Accomodation will only be provided for groups based ouside of London. Travel to and from the event is not covered and must be organised by the participating circus school.

The National Youth Circus Event is growing ever more popular. Whilst this is exciting it does mean that there will be a selection process involved as there are a limited number of groups we can invite. We are keen to continue supporting those groups who have attended in previous years but also recognise the importance of providing opportunities for groups that are new to the event. In recent years, non-London groups were able to bring up to five participants, however this number may decrease pending our need to access more groups. Participant numbers will be confirmed when shortlisting is completed and groups are asked for their second round of paperwork. 


Being shortlisted does not guarantee your place on the event.

You will be asked to provide further information on your organisation. This will include your safeguarding policy, risk assessments and confirmation from the Chairman of your board about the validity of your group leaders. If you are unable to supply this information, we may be unable to offer you a place on the NYCE 2020.

How to apply

Applications for National Youth Circus Event 2020 are now closed.

More information

If you have any questions about the application process, or the event itself please contact us on: or call 020 7613 8266.