In 2022, Circa Cairns was established as one of the few First Nations-led professional circus ensembles, committed to creating great art from the nexus of culture and place. Based in Regional Far North Queensland, Circa Cairns is supported by Australia’s leading performing arts exporter, Circa, which has brought Queensland creativity to the world.
Fuelled by values of thrilling, challenging and connecting, Circa Cairns’ diverse team (featuring a majority of First Nations artists) creates, presents and tours new circus productions and innovative engagement programs. Led by proud Wakka Wakka man, Harley Mann, the company tells urgent First Nations stories that are created with community on country.
Supported by Circa and Yaron Lifschitz, Harley and the Circa Cairns team already have a reputation for creating stand-out, critically acclaimed productions, and are on track to be an influential force in Australian contemporary circus.
Culture and process are at the heart of what they do. They engage their communities to invite, excite and explore what is possible in circus.