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Flipside Circus is building Stage 1 of the Brisbane Circus Centre

FLIPSIDE CIRCUS IS BUILDING A NEW HOME – A UNIQUE, PURPOSE-BUILT CIRCUS SPACE TO SUPPORT COMMUNITIES AND QUEENSLAND’S WORLD-LEADING CIRCUS ARTISTS
FLIPSIDE IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATION WITH A MISSION TO EMPOWER COMMUNITIES THROUGH CIRCUS

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

We are currently building Stage 1 of the Brisbane Circus Centre – a purpose-built contemporary circus space at Northshore to house Flipside Circus, support our communities, and support Queensland artists.

The Brisbane Circus Centre combines form and function, design and utility to create an iconic building that is uniquely circus. It is being created from modular, prefabricated materials, and shipping containers. 

Once complete, it will help us expand our programs, engage with communities, and support Queensland circus artists and companies. 

Stage 1 will make the space operational, we will then embark on a rolling fit-out project to realise the space’s full potential (Stage 1.5).  

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP?

The Brisbane Circus Centre is a game-changer for Flipside Circus. It will help us support our communities, support children and young people, and support artists. 

Like most arts organisations, the last two years have been challenging. Covid-related cost increases and delays, as well as geotechnical issues have impacted the project, but we have adapted, building work is progressing well, and we are on track to open the centre in mid-2022. 

Now we need your help to get over the line, join over 350 individual donors who are supporting Flipside Circus to finish Stage 1of our new home.

WHO WILL BENEFIT?

  • Families, children and young people

34,348 children and young people took part in Flipside’s programs in 2019 with another 10,000+ participants in regional and remote Queensland.

We delivered 127 programs for all abilities participants in 2019 including our Explore the Possibilities which brings parents, carers, occupational therapists, and circus trainers together with children with high needs.

  • Regional and remote Queenslanders

Flipside has delivered programs and residencies in 56 regional and remote communities over the five years working with over 8,000 children and young people. We have worked in communities from Normanton and Doomadgee, to Mt Isa, and Junda, to Eromanga and Cunnamulla.

  • Queensland’s world leading circus artists

Brisbane is a world-leader in circus, the 2nd largest circus hub in the world and home to some of the best circus performers on the planet. Over 1,000 artists train, create, rehearse, and perform at Flipside Circus each year.

  • Audiences

Over 1 million people have seen a Flipside show – help us reach another million. 

When fully functioning, around 110,000 people will visit Flipside’s new home- The Brisbane Circus Centre.

WHO IS SUPPORTING THIS PROJECT?

The Australian Government and Queensland Government have invested in the project, along with Creative Partnerships Australia, generous donors… and you! Our community is the backbone of this project. 

Stage 1 of the Brisbane Circus Centre is a $2-million project. Our partners and supporters have helped us raise the majority of these funds. 

Flipside is now raising the final $220,000 to complete Stage 1, we have raised $123,186.31 so far. 

Every donation brings us closer to a new home, a space for children and young people, and a space to support circus artists. 

The Brisbane Circus Centre is supported by:

  • The Australian Government through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication’s Community Development Grants Program;
  • Arts Queensland’s Strategic Infrastructure Fund and Economic Development Queensland; 
  • Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus 1;
  • Economic Development Queensland and Northshore; and 

BRISBANE CIRCUS CENTRE PARTNERS

  

BRISBANE CIRCUS CENTRE SUPPORTERS

Where is it?

Flipside Circus’s new home will be at Northshore 221 MacArthur Avenue, Hamilton 4007, QLD.

Image Supplied by Frasers Property and photographed by Aerial Advantage

“The installation and residency of Flipside’s Brisbane Circus Centre is strongly aligned with Northshore emerging as a creative arts and entertainment hub of Brisbane.  Northshore is Brisbane’s immersive riverfront offering distinctive outdoor spaces ideal for physical and large-scale experiences. Commercially the focus is on the provision of innovative spaces supporting entrepreneurial business.” Northshore Brisbane

What we’re up to?

  • In late June 2021 we broke ground on site;
  • In 2021 we redesigned the building to respond to geotechnical conditions, secured 28 shipping containers to form the walls, and started structural steel work in the containers;
  • The foundations of the Brisbane Circus Centre were completed in March 2022;
  • In April 2022 the shipping containers that form the Centre’s walls were painted ahead of installation on site;
  • And in May our containers were transported to our new home, giving the Brisbane Circus Centre walls.

 

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WHAT OUR COMMUNITY SAYS

TESTIMONIALS

Flipside fills a fundamental and necessary role in this industry that allows the propagation of new emerging artists, new art, and new ideas.

Having a purpose built dedicated space of their own is key to their growth and I believe vital to the sectors growth also.

Alex Mizzen

From the age of 10 through to even now as a 24-year-old professional circus performer Flipside has always been the organisation to support me. I have performed on stages all around the world representing Queensland artists globally and am still reliant on it now for my career.

David Trappes

Specialist spaces to make quality contemporary circus shows are difficult to come by.
Spaces like Flipside gives us independent artists the ability to train, create and make work.
Having a base or a creative home like Flipside has given Casus the ability to create freely. Proudly much of our work that was born in Flipside grace stages all around the world.

Natano Fa’anana