Parliament is often described as a circus. But MPs antics were outshone on Tuesday 25th July in an astounding acrobatic act by internationally renowned circus company Lost in Translation announcing CIrcus250 – the year-long nationwide festival marking 250 years of circus in 2018.
The exclusive Sir Peter Blake Circus250 logo for the anniversary year – a stunning work of art showing a historic female aerialist supporting a contemporary circus performer – was also revealed.
The eye-catching stunt took place by the very spot on London’s SouthBank where in 1768, retired cavalryman, showman and entrepreneur Philip Astley, born here in Newcastle under Lyme, drew out a ring and filled it with astonishing acts. Every circus, anywhere in the world, began at that moment.
Throughout 2018, all over UK and Ireland, contemporary and traditional circuses, museums, festivals, churches, theatres and archives will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of circus in performance, exhibitions, concerts and events.
Circus250 is co-ordinating the year long celebrations. The full programme will be announced in October. There will be 365 days of astounding acts the like of which you have never seen before. The greatest show the UK has ever seen is about to begin.
The Circus 250 events in 2018 are just part of a larger programme of events being planned to celebrate the life of Philip Astley.