The circus has come to Hamilton Reach with a new permanent home for Queensland’s Flipside Circus set to open next to eat street markets later this year, and the good news is that everyone can participate.
Daring Hamilton Reach residents were treated to a fun and engaging workshop in April that saw both children and adults achieve new goals.
Flipside Circus – Queensland’s largest youth arts organisation now based at Hamilton – provides community activation workshops that inspire participants to find the courage within themselves to be adventurous in a safe and controlled environment.
Frasers Property is a proud sponsor of Flipside and recently invited Hamilton Reach residents to participate in a challenging circus workshop afternoon that tested endurance, strength and mental agility.
With trained and experienced circus trainers on hand, resident Anastasia Browne and her four-year-old daughter were among the group of first-time performers who walked away with new skills such as juggling and plate spinning.
“It was so much fun – a brilliant way to spend a Saturday,” Anastasia said. “It was an opportunity to let your guard down for a day. At the end of the workshop we reflected on our new skills. Learning to spin plates was my ‘personal pride moment’."
"It's so rewarding to see people test their limits in this king of evironment and watch their confidence grow."
“I’m looking forward to Flipside Circus moving into their new, permanent location because I’ll definitely be back – I’d love to learn the trapeze next.
Flipside Circus Creative Director and CEO Robert Kronk said by taking part in any of Flipside’s workshops, participants experience a first-hand look at the incredible endurance and stamina of the circus performance industry.
He said whether they be a beginner or an experienced performer, participants usually experience a massive boost to their confidence, having overcome some of their greatest fears.
“The workshops are designed to deliver so much more than a few circus tricks,” Robert said.
“Our circus trainers are great at a scaffolded learning approach where new skills are learned slowly and gently, one on top of the other, and before you know it, you’re swinging from a trapeze, both physically and metaphorically.
“It’s so rewarding to see people test their limits in this kind of environment and watch their confidence grow.
“You drop a lot of balls before you learn to juggle them – it’s all part and parcel of building our resilience.”
Flipside Circus is a not-for-profit organisation and works with around 45,000 people across Queensland every year – from school workshops and park activations, through to circus school and workshops.
Its temporary pop-up location can be found at Northshore’s Riverfront Event Space at 33 MacArthur Avenue in Hamilton. The permanent home, to be located next to the Eat Street Markets, will open later this year.
For more information and to register for classes, visit flipsidecircus.org.au