The Association of Circus Proprietors of GB
The ACP was formed in 1932 to promote the highest possible standards and ideals within the circus industry. Its members are leading circus proprietors in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its function is to discuss with local Government, Local Authorities and other bodies the issues that affect the circus industry and make the decisions that will ensure its continued development as a vibrant, exciting and popular art form.
Circus in the UK is thriving as never before
More than thirty touring circuses each visit up to forty towns, cities and villages every year, giving some 1200 communities the opportunity to experience high quality, affordable live entertainment in their area.
The audience for circus is significant
Circus is a visual entertainment unaffected by language barriers, which appeals equally to all ethnic groups. The most recent pilot study carried out by the Social Survey Division of the Office for national Statistics indicates that over a twelve-month period, 18% of respondents had attended circus. The survey also shows that there were ‘no noticeable class difference in attendance for circus’.
Young people are increasingly interested in learning circus skills
Arts Council England reported that during 2007 , in excess of 50,000 young people engaged in circus activity through outreach programmes in their schools, youth clubs or community settings, learning skills that are accessible and inclusive. These skills nurture experiences in personal development and can lead to a career in the circus industry as a performer or technician.
Combining traditional and contemporary circus
Whether traditional or contemporary, circus companies and practitioners are producing a wider breadth of work, developing innovative and exciting circus productions that frequently mix old and new. The best international circus companies make regular visits drawing a wider audience to a greater range of circus experiences.