The Shows

YOUNG STAGE unites the world’s elite of young circus artists, who present their great skills to an enthusiastic audience in a versatile, spectacular and emotional stage show. In a targeted selection process, hundreds of applications are sorted each year in order to finally invite the most talented and innovative artists to Basel. Every year in May, six breathtaking shows take place in the Event Hall of Messe Basel. Tickets are available from December!

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.

Networking Events

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.

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.