Vertical Circus provides social circus opportunities to impoverished young people so that they may break their cycle of poverty through earning an income in the circus arts or other industries, utilising skills they have learnt as part of participating in Vertical Circus’ programs.


Vertical Circus in collaboration with Glebe Youth Service and Umbilico, Space for Movement have successfully received financial support from the City of Sydney through their community grants program. Circus director Catherine Daniel together with circus artist, Brendan Irving and social worker Luke Chesworth, will lead a group of 18 young students, experiencing disadvantage, through an eight week program in which they will learn ground based and aerial, trapeze and rope circus skills, social skills and communication skills.  Together with professional artists and Umbilico, Space for Movement students, the group of 18 young people will perform for family, friends and the general public in 2016. Professional theatre technician and long time Vertical Circus volunteer Penny Campbell will provide lighting and sound for the show.

If you are interested in participating or know anybody from the City of Sydney local Government area between 13 and 17 years old, who would be interested in participating please contact Glebe Youth Services.

Read More about the people involved in the project in our "People" Link below.


In the second half of 2014, the Vertical Circus team was hosted by two major Indian circuses; Jumbo Circus and Gemini Circus to build capacity, modernise acts, bring higher production levels,  improve the confidence and presentation of artists and build brand new contemporary style acts.

Read the Jumbo and Gemini Circus Project Report!

Read about our other successfully completed projects

See more Past Events