National Youth Circus Event 2024

Bringing together circus schools from around the UK and Ireland

National Youth Circus Event

12th – 14th April 2024

The National Youth Circus Event (NYCE) brings together youth circus schools from across the UK, NI and Republic of Ireland for a weekend of workshops for young people (11 – 16yrs) and practitioners, giving the sector a chance to try new skills, solidify existing ones, meet, discuss and learn from one another.

Applications are now open for the 2024 National Youth Circus Event.

Youth Circus Groups across the UK, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland are welcome to apply

NYCE offers a packed 2-day-programme of circus workshops, masterclasses and a professional development programme for group leaders. The event aims to inspire and engage young people, and raise aspirations for youth circus practitioners and participants.

Applications are due by Friday 12th January 2024

All applicants will be advised of the outcome by Friday 19th January 2024

Further information


The National Centre for Circus Arts financially supports the event and provides all activities, workshops and catering as well as arranging free accommodation for groups coming from outside of London.

Groups attending will need to pay for their own travel to, from and during the event*.

*We want to encourage accessibility for all, so please share on your application form if this presents any obstacles.

Group Leaders and Young People

To take part, groups must be able to commit

  • 2 group leaders aged 21+
  • Up to 4 young participants aged 11 – 16 years**

Group leaders and Young People will need to be confirmed when successful groups are asked for their second round of paperwork.

Please be aware that due to our strict budget we may not be able to cover any extra support workers who are attending with groups. Please discuss with the Learning and Participation team ( if you may be affected by this.

**We aim to be as inclusive as possible, if your young person is aged 17 and above, and has special education needs or is disabled, please let us know so we can discuss further.


Application process

We receive more applications than we have places available. For this reason, we use the following selection process to ensure there is wide representation, considering the breadth of the sector:

Location, size of organisation, training focus and young person representation from the following:

  • Global Majority (Previously known as BAME)
  • Index of Multiple Deprivation Decile Q1 & 2 more info 
  • Declared Disabilities more info 
  • Families with a combined income of £42k or lower.

Our expectation is that 2 of the 4 places for your attending young people should be represented within these target areas and you will be able to evidence this on request.

We appreciate that this may not be possible for everyone, and there is an option to explain this in the application process. Please remember that every application will be considered.  We encourage you to still apply even if you do not collect this information on participants, or you don’t feel you meet this expectation.


You will be asked to provide further information on your organisation; within the first stage of application you will be asked to include your Safeguarding policy and your Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.

If you are shortlisted then we will require further information regarding your group leaders and participants, and you will need to provide risk assessments and confirmation from the Chairperson 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 2024.

*Excitingly, there are plans to reinstate a Cabaret this year. This is an opportunity for young people to perform, watch and celebrate everyone’s hard work. The Cabaret is optional and which day it will take place is yet to be confirmed.

* In order to help lower the cost of accommodation we may ask some non-London groups to arrive on Saturday morning, depending how long their transit time may be.  This will be discussed with relevant groups once the shortlist is complete. 



Please complete the online application form using this link: NYCE APPLICATION FORM 2024

If you are having issues completing the form, please let us know.

Applications are due by Friday 12th January 2024

All applicants will be advised of the outcome by Friday 19th January 2024

If you have any questions about the application process, or the event itself please contact the Learning and Participation Team on: or call 020 7613 4141

Please note we work Monday – Friday, and do not respond to emails on weekends or after hours.

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