A few of the projects and trips we have run so far…
April 2015 – Felix Family Fundraising Fayre and Easter Circus Project
In April 2015 we worked in collaboration with Felix Road Adventure Playground to put on a fund-raising event. Parallel to this we organised a week-long circus show project, with the final production being staged as the highlight of the Fundraising event. The theme of the day was a multicultural Spring Fair and was extremely well attended by members of the Playground and Easton community.
July 2014 – St. Paul’s Carnival
In 2014 we participated in the St Paul’s Carnival Masquerade with a troupe from Felix Road Adventure Playground. For the six weeks leading up to the big day we ran sessions at the Playground, teaching stilt walking, movement, puppet making and costume creation with professionals from the Circus and Carnival world including costumiere Coco Banks and puppeteer Sophie Myland. The result was a mind-blowing 15- strong troupe full of colour and enthusiasm. They stilt-walked, danced and manoeuvred their giant puppets for the full two and a half hours of the Parade, and ended up winning second place in the Best Community Group category!
May 2014 – Getting together with Playbus
In May we collaborated with Bristol Playbus at Felix Road Playground, mixing our students with a group from St George who were learning circus for the first time. Thank you to Playbus for their inspiration in making this happen.
January 2014 – Performing at the Station
We were asked to participate in an event run by Youth for Youth in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care at the Station Youth Centre in central Bristol. Ten of our young trainees prepared acts and we performed a ten minute variety piece for the public and helped to raise money for this good cause.
Trips to Professional Performances
We were offered free tickets for a Christmas holiday trip to watch Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall in London in January 2016.
We were able to offer our young students a visit to the Greatest Show on Earth at one of the country’s top venues. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this possible.
This follows previous visits to Cirque de Soleil in January 2014 and 2015 .
Other shows we have organised free trips to see include:
Pirates of the Carabiner ‘Flown’ 2014
Insect Circus 2014
NoFit State Circus ‘Bianco’ 2014
The Invisible Circus ‘Carnyville’ 2011
Gerry Cottle’s Turbo Circus 2013
Circus Starr 2014
Bristol Circus City: ‘ The Marie Celestial’ 2015
and in April 2015, students of Invisible Youth had the chance to watch an exclusive preview of the Invisible Circus’s ‘Under The Dark Moon’ at the Bristol Old Vic.
December 2013 – Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade
Some of our budding young artists from our Sunday workshops at Felix Road featured in the Bedminster Lantern Parade on Saturday 7th December.
They showed off their stilt walking skills in the parade, walking over a mile in Bedminster.
This was a fabulous opportunity for our youngsters to showcase their skills and inspire kids from other neighbourhoods to take up circus skills. We were proud to accompany them and impressed with their perseverance, even in the bad weather.
November 2013 and 2014 – Stapleton Road Family Day
Members of Invisible Youth ran free drop-in workshops in tight wire, hula hoop and open box skills at Stapleton Road Family Day, Easton, Bristol, accompanied by one of our face painters.
‘TRICK OR TREAT’ EDUCIRCATION
During Halloween Half Term 2013, members of Invisible Youth took part in an international circus education exchange called Social Educircation, with partners from 6 other European countries, hosted here in Bristol. It was co-ordinated by Invisible Circus artist Miss Radida.
Twelve adult circus practitioners worked for a week with our rising young stars from Felix Road, and created a fabulous Halloween show called Trick or Treat at All Hallows Hall in Easton.
The show was very well attended, and the performers really shone after five afternoons of one-to-one work with circus professionals.
The adult participants spent the mornings in workshops with renowned clown and drama therapist, Holly Stoppit and used the wisdom they had learnt with her to make headway with the young performers in the afternoon.
It was a very intense week with the results being clear in the fabulous show that was produced. For more information on the wider project, go to
The funding came from European Union/Ecorys/Grundtvig Partnership programme.
In April 2016 we will be repeating this project, hosting a week of social circus exploration, working with Holly Stoppit and tutors from partner organisations in Belgium, Germany, Spain, Greece, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.
Creative Common Summer Circus camp 2013
We have also worked on micro projects with partners including:
Knightstone Housing Association
Bristol Islamic Festival
Wandsworth Borough Council
St Werburgh’s Primary School, Bristol