About YOUNG STAGE
YOUNG STAGE is the biggest international circus festival in Switzerland, it belongs to the most important festivals worldwide and to the top-class events in Switzerlands’ calendar of events.Circus festivals, which offer a platform, are very popular events in the international circus and show community. YOUNG STAGE is one of the best in its field. It has made a name for itself nationally as well as internationally in terms of world class performances of young artists, its state of the art show, the highly professional organization and especially the true heart and soul which comes with it. The mission is to offer a platform to young professional artists from all over the world to present their work, to get the contemporary circus developed and presented in general, to enable networking and to inspire the next generation (kids and teenagers). Each year the show is also used as a tv-broadcast which is aired on SAT.1 (Schweiz), SRF – Swiss Radio & Television, Telebasel and other tv-channels.
YOUNG STAGE consists of various events and shows and other happenings that are also being held during the year.
The festival-show / the competition:
The festival is a competition and as well as a platform where young professional artists can present their work in a contemporary circus field. There are six public shows every year in Basel. An international jury team consisting of experts coming from the fields of circus, show, TV and professional sports assesses the young artists. At the gala show the artists have the chance to win various awards and engagements in circus- & show productions in Switzerland and Europe. There are hundreds of artist applications each year. Many international showproducers, directors, agents and bookers travel to Basel, to discover new talents at the YOUNG STAGE festival.
Open-Air Circus Spectacle:
A spectacular event for everyone. Since 2018 there is a freely accessible open-air spectacle downtown Basel to develop and support young, creative circus and to offer a platform for artists. Noumerous circus companies from Switzerland and abroad perform on several open-air stages. Moreover, kids have the chance to try out different circus disciplines for free.
There are several networking events each year such as panel discussions, business workshops, and the highly appreciated circus-speed-dating, where artists, bookers and producers have the chance to meet. These events are all freely accessible for all, who are in any kind involved in circus and show business.
National Circus Convention:
Around two hundred circus-experienced kids and teenagers get the chance to work a day with professional and experienced artists. They are being coached, trained and inspired by real professionals.
Circus Camps in Summer:
The first YOUNG STAGE circus camps took place in July 2020. A project that arose spontaneously during the time of the corona pandemic. The festival team wanted to contribute something active and meaningful to the current situation and within a few days they built the camps out of the ground. For two weeks, a total of 200 children and young people were able to spend day-vacations in the circus. They were coached by professional artists, could try to do the circus for a week and at the end of the week they were part of the final performances. The project has received so much attention and good feedbacks that it will take place every year from now on.