In 2022, Circa Cairns was established as one of 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, which features 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 Liftschitz, Harley and the Circa Cairns team already have a reputation for creating stand out critically acclaimed productions and are on track to pioneer the next generation of contemporary circus in Australia.
Culture and process are at the heart of what we do. We engage our communities to invite, excite and explore what is possible in circus.
Circa Cairns is based in Gimuy (Cairns) on the lands of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji people.
We acknowledge that art has been practiced here over many millennia, and that it remains a fundamental way of life for the traditional caretakers and custodians of the lands on which we work, create and perform today. We acknowledge that we are here as visitors, and accept the responsibility to respect and care for these lands and tread lightly. Always was. Always will be.