Excellent entertainment for every event!
2011 NYC Regional AYCO Festival
Posted on Sep 19, 2011

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Playful Productions
are pleased to host the
2011 NYC Regional American Youth Circus Organization Festival!

Come try awesome circus stuff. No experience necessary!

  • Four 75-minute workshops—trapeze, juggling, acrobatics, clowning, unicycle, wire walking, and more
  • Lunch
  • Showcase performance by circus kids 21 and under. Be a circus star or watch kids your age perform!
  • Closing party

Participation is limited to 150 people, so sign up before we sell out!

Spread the word. See you October 16!


Playful Productions founder Viveca Gardiner is festival director.
Email Viveca@PlayfulProductions.com with any questions.


October 16, 2011


Circus Warehouse
53-21 Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11101


All information, registration, pricing, and other details on americanyouthcircus.org

How Much

Festival pass: $50
AYCO member festival pass: $45
Non-participating chaperone pass: $15
$5 discount for early registration


After selling out our initial capacity, we worked with the venue to safely accommodate a crowd beyond our greatest forecast--100 children and teenagers each got to participate in four intensive workshops (the kids got to choose among 32 workshop options); enjoy snacks, lunch, and a pizza party; and watch (or perform in!) a terrific showcase of 12 circus acts presented by a cast of dozens of kids.


Playful Productions gratefully acknowledges several key players who helped make this day such a success:

  • The American Youth Circus Organization for trusting us to produce NYC's first youth circus festival
  • Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts Inc., the event's co-producer and our frequent (and favorite) partner
  • Circus Warehouse for providing an exciting, accessible, and safe venue
  • The 50 adult workshop presenters, volunteers, and chaperones who made this fun day possible
  • The event's corporate sponsors who generously donated financial and in-kind support for the festival.

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Super fun. We're definitely planning to make this an annual event!