Sophie deLightful

Circus & Physical Theatre

GLOW Fest 2020: A Circus Arts Gathering

A family-friendly and community-driven circus arts gathering aimed at restoring tourism to regional Australia, and employment/engagement of the arts sector, following the bushfires and CV19 pandemic.

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A creative arts gathering bringing together the circus, flow arts, performance and visual arts communities to network, socialise and share skills, 20-24 August 2020. The event will encourage participation from the local community, joining together with the larger arts communities, and re-igniting tourism and business back to regional Australia. It will also provide work for artists following loss of business due to CV19.

Family-friendly and community-driven, it will offer a comprehensive program of workshops (open to everyone), shows and fire spinning from top-level performers, a kids workshop program, a chillout art space, a dragon art bus stage, communal meal times, group site rubbish clean-up and inclusion of the local Indigenous culture.

Attendees will buy supplies from local shops and engage local services, and GLOW Fest will contract local suppliers where possible, stimulating the economy. Discounted day tickets will also be available for locals to attend events Friday-Sunday.

* Regional Australia already suffered from the bushfires – the area GLOW will be held in lost 18,000 sq km of wildlife habitat and 176 homes. Waves Campground, GLOW’s venue, experienced their worst summer season ever, with only a quarter of the usual business.
* 44c of every tourism dollar goes to regional Australia (Tourism Research Australia) – it is vital we bring back business and tourism to these areas.
* The current drought, now considered the worst in history (NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment) has made another substantial impact on regional Australia.
* Artists are some of the hardest hit by CV19 cancellations – this will revive jobs and interest in the sector
* The circus community has long been a place where people of all ages and experience can join together to play, create, motivate and excite without judgement. This could be the gateway to opening up NSW and QLD to broadening their arts culture and fostering talent amongst city and rural folk alike.

Funds raised through ACF will contribute to the overall budget of GLOW Fest, which at approximately $60,000, needs all the help it can get! Costs include infrastructure, crew and performer wages, and hiring the dragon art bus.

This project is an initiative by Sophie deLightful, an independent circus arts producer and performer. Sophie’s income is based on earnings from the arts, which has been receiving less governmental support over the last year, and has also been impacted heavily by the bushfires and now CV19.

The driving factors behind continuing to plan this event through CV19 are to:
Give artists a light at the end of the tunnel
Support the arts
Be ready with a fully planned event once the pandemic passes

The end result? A wonderful space where people can come together after the hardship of the bushfires and CV19 to celebrate the arts, feel a sense of community and re-invigorate regional Australia.

Find out more at www.facebook.com/sophiedelightful or email sophiedelightful@gmail.com.

Sophie deLightful is a versatile performer and renowned producer, with a natural wit, cooling demeanour and an unnerving cheek.

First starting burlesque in London in 2009, she performed in newcomer competitions and showcases, and soon started to attract stand-alone gigs at various events and bars around the iconic city. Following several years travelling the globe, she returned to Melbourne to forge a name for herself in the cabaret scene as a hardworking producer and performer.

Adaptable and reliable, Sophie has entertained audiences at festivals including Wide Open Space (Alice Springs), Burning Seed (NSW), Rainbow Serpent (Victoria) and Boom Town (England). In collaboration with her creative (and thirsty) friends, she runs biannual boutique alcohol-tasting cabarets, is a driving force behind the vaudeville collective, The Odditorium and is involved with the Melbourne-based queer creative collective Scratch. In the summer of 2018/19, she joined a troupe of international performers as part of the first ever Wandering Circus tour through New Zealand, and recently produced the first troupe’s first Australian tour for five weeks along the East Coast. Recently she launched GLOW, a circus arts wellbeing collective offering school holiday programs and a circus arts gathering later in the year.

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Yvonne Wilson

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