Calgary Clown Festival

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Submit your show and join our festival – Deadline: March 30, 2020

Calgary Clown Festival

The submission deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Calgary Clown Festival is coming in October 2020 and the deadline to submit is March 30, 2020.

Calling all clowns, street performers, burlesque, contortionists, magicians and yes even jugglers! We want you to join our clown car.

That’s right folks, the Pumphouse Theatre and the Calgary Clown Society are teaming up yet again to present the Calgary
Clown Festival. The festival will be held at the Pumphouse Theatres in October 2020. We will be accepting submissions
from January 10 until March 30, 2020, from any a clown with a dream and a show.

What are we looking for?

  • A wide variety of acts that exhibit elements of clown, physical theatre and comedy. This could include, but is not
    limited to; circus, puppetry, improvisation, dance and even burlesque and drag acts.
  • A wide variety of acts ranging in length of performance (10 to 90 minutes). Shorter shows may be paired with another
    short show to create a single event.
  • The festival is also looking for shorter works for our cabaret nights (five to seven minutes).
  • We are looking for all kinds of experiences for all ages. We want some kid-friendly fun, we want performances
    everyone can enjoy, we also want some entertainment for a more mature audience.

What we need from you to be considered for the festival:

  • A brief synopsis of your show or idea.
  • Show length.
  • Bios of the artists involved.
  • Your media package (photos and video if available).
  • And all other questions answered in our form.

For more information or to apply, visit

Deadline to submit is March 30, 2020.

A jury will review all submissions and selections will be made in early April 2020.

Remuneration will be dependent upon granting; all artists will be paid a minimum fee and not subject to box office split.

International and non-local (Calgary) artists are welcome to apply. However, travel and accommodation reimbursement
are subject to funding and not guaranteed.

The Calgary Clown Festival endeavours to be an inclusive and diverse festival. We encourage submissions from all
ethnicities, gender orientations, cultural and societal backgrounds.

If you face any barriers in applying in this format or have any questions or concerns regarding the application
process or festival at large please contact or 403.263.0079 ext 100.

Thank you all in advance for your application. We look forward to a fantastic festival!

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