Plan B: CNAC

If you are a UK based artist or company interested in participating in Spotlight UK Circus please express your interest by completing the form below.

Spotlight UK Circus will feature at Festival OFF d’Avignon in summer 2018. (Companies have been chosen for the showcases at CIRCa and Subcase). Please apply if you are interested in presenting high quality tour-ready work at the Circus Village site at Festival OFF d’Avignon, and to benefit from mentoring on international touring from NoFit State Circus. Companies who have previously submitted expressions of interest will be considered for this call-out and need not re-apply.
In the first instance your application will be assessed by a panel of UK industry professionals. The final selection of artists will be made by NoFit State but there will be detailed discussion with each company as a financial risk is involved at Festival OFF d’Avignon.
Shortlisted companies will be notified in August 2017 at which point we will require more detailed information about your work.  
Please be aware that whilst Spotlight UK Circus will underwrite most of the direct costs, OFF d’Avignon is a fringe event and ultimate successes and final financial settlements will depend on ticket sales. The deadline for applying to be considered for Festival OFF d’Avignon is 31st July 2017. We can only accept applications from UK based companies.
If you have any questions, please contact Bethan Touhig-Gamble at NoFit State Circus bethan[at]

From the partners

  • ‘As one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies, celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, we feel that we have an important role to play within the UK sector in inspiring, nurturing and facilitating the creation and circulation of great circus. NoFit State has always encouraged and supported the development of new talents at home and to now take fresh and exciting UK work into the world to international platforms is a seriously exciting prospect.’


    Tom Rack, Artistic Director NoFit State Circus
  • ‘Spotlight UK Circus is an excellent new opportunity for UK based circus artists to improve their financial resilience and develop professionally by performing their work overseas on new platforms. Crying Out Loud has been forging international partnerships for 14 years and is delighted to join forces with NoFit State and are hugely grateful to Arts Council England who initiated the International Showcasing fund.’

    Rachel Clare, Artistic Director Crying Out Loud
  • ‘Subcase is an annual showcase of contemporary circus presenting mostly Nordic work. It’s a perfect opportunity to rub shoulders in a more personal and intimate way with international presenters and Nordic circus artists, in order to find new markets and co-producers as well as to exchange knowledge and experiences. The attending presenters are mostly from Europe, US and Canada but also some from Asia and South America.’

    Kiki Muukkonen, Artistic Programming Director Subcase
  • ‘Thanks to this collaboration between CIRCa, NoFit State Circus and Crying Out Loud, British circus will be present at the 30th edition of the CIRCa festival du cirque actuel, which showcases the upcoming circus trends every year in Auch. For the past 10 years, there has been an exceptional renewal of the art form in Europe. We are proud to present the best contemporary artists, those who speak the universal language of contemporary circus, whose work is not defined by borders.’

    Marc Fouilland, CIRCa Director

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