Why you need to attend the BJC
The BJC is for jugglers, diaboloists, devilstickists, unicyclists, contact jugglers, poi and staff spinners, stilt walkers, acrobats, whip crackers, lasso spinners, in fact any performance skill goes. The BJC has lots to offer all abilities, even non-jugglers.
A juggling convention is simply a meeting of lots of jugglers in one place. When we get together we juggle (obviously), share skills, come up with new tricks, chat, laugh, play games & generally have a good time.
Juggling conventions are open to all levels, you don't need to be any good at anything to attend, there are no auditions or skill level requirements. Just come along & enjoy yourself.
Be inspired and entertained
There will be shows featuring some of the best performers in the world. A BJC may have a grand gala show, a cabaret, an outdoor fire show, a circus school showcase, late night open-mic style shows or solo shows from visiting performers. Every BJC has a different lineup of entertainment.
Learn a new skill
Volunteers provide workshops in every skill you can think of.
Practice/train/mess about 24 hours a day
The practice hall is usually the focal point of the festival. It is also a great place to watch out for cutting edge object manipulation. If you see someone performing something you like, just wander up to that person and ask them to show you how it is done. We're all a friendly bunch and help will be given just for the asking.
Previous BJC's have put on bands, Ceilidh's, fancy dress parties and quiz nights and the bar is always a hive of activity. Again, every BJC is different.
See what it's like to attend a BJC
For more of an understanding of what goes on at a BJC watch these BJC videos.
If you think the book is better than the film have a read of some in depth convention reviews (includes other regional juggling festivals as well as BJC reviews).
If you still want to know more then you really need to come along.
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