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 for the 2023 edition of the festival can be found HERE! Below is the overview of all show dates:

Première Do 11.05.2023 19.30 Uhr
Show Fr 12.05.2023 19.30 Uhr
Show Sa 13.05.2023 19.30Uhr
Family Show / Matinée  So 14.05.2023 11.00 Uhr
Show  So 14.05.2023 18.00 Uhr
Show mit Preisverleihung Mo 15.05.2023 19.30 Uhr


Information about the show

The show lasts about 2.5 hours and includes a break. On the last evening, the gala show including the award ceremony will follow as the highlight and conclusion of YOUNG STAGE 2023.

The artists

The artists will perform in all YOUNG STAGE shows in the Event Hall of Messe Basel. More information about the cast is available in March 2023.

The Host

No YOUNG STAGE without Max! Also in 2023 Max Loong is the voice and one of the old familiar faces of YOUNG STAGE. He is live presenter, entertainer and coversation partner in one and the connecting element in the festival show.


ÄL JAWALA – Arabic for “the wanderers” are exceptional musicians, on the road in terms of Balkan brass and hot beats. The Äl Jawala message is clear: “We are one, everyone belongs together, so dance together. Diversity is richness, let’s celebrate it.”

With this attitude, the band is a perfect fit for YOUNG STAGE and has been thrilling audiences for several years now!

Direction & Choreography
Nobody can do it better! Nadine Imboden is also on board this year and is – together with the artistic director – responsible for the direction of the shows. Together with Dimitri Lavrynenko, Nadine is also responsible for the choreography.

Our special guests: Gospelchor am Münster

The Basel singers are internationally known and maintain a lively exchange with other choirs and cultures. This is evidenced by various concert tours which have recently taken the choir to South Africa, Belgium, northern Macedonia and Kosovo. The locals are also present on the big stages of their home country. We are looking forward to the participation of the Gospel Chor am Münster in the YOUNG STAGE Festival 2023! Let them surprise you!