Flipside Circus Opens Brisbane Circus Centre, Its New Home At Northshore Hamilton

Youth company Flipside Circus, the largest youth arts organisation in Queensland, has opened Brisbane Circus Centre, their new home located at Northshore Hamilton.

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The newest circus training centre in town is expected to welcome around 110,000 visitors a year, and is now Queensland’s largest circus centre.

Flipside Circus officially opened the Brisbane Circus Centre in March 2023, with a celebration attended by members of the community.

Photo credit: flipsidecircus.org.au 

Flipside Circus Creative Director and CEO Robert Kronk said they wanted a space that was big and bold and playful and this newly opened facility ticked all the boxes.

“The building is like a bit of circus apparatus in itself; it’s playful, it opens out, there are cantilevers jutting out in all directions and we have some really cool plans to break out of that building in novel ways and hang people off walls and overhangs,” Mr Kronk said.

Photo credit: Flipside Circus/Facebook

Flipside Circus’ new home is made from shipping containers and prefabricated materials, which was designed based on Northshore Brisbane’s values of adaptability and future-proofing.

The new centre offers a variety of classes, aerials like lyra, silks and trapeze, mini-trampoline, hula hooping, juggling, and devil sticks.

Mr Kronk finds it exciting that the Brisbane Circus Centre will not only help the organisation expand their training program but the capacity to create and perform shows to share with audiences at home.

The centre is supported by the Australian Government, which contributed $1 million towards its construction through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development’s Community Development Grants Program. 

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Flipside Circus is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to empower communities through circus. To learn more about their programs, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

Published 12-March-2023

Flipside Circus on Track for 2022 Opening at Brisbane Circus Centre

A successful fundraising event puts Flipside Circus right on track to open at its permanent home at the Brisbane Circus Centre in Northshore’s Riverfront Event Space this 2022. 

Flipside Circus celebrates the successful holding of its inaugural Giving Day – a 12-hour fundraising event that was organised to help fund the construction of its new purpose-built centre – held on 4 November 2021. As donations and messages of support came pouring in, generous supporters matched each donation, doubling the amount raised that day to $115,240. 

The Australian Government also invested a total of $1 million for the project through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development’s Community Development Grants Programme. Whilst an additional $290,000 in funding was also received from the State Government through the Arts Queensland’s Strategic Infrastructure Fund. 

Photo credit: Flipside Circus / flipsidecircus.org.au

The project, located at 221 MacArthur Avenue in Hamilton, will create an estimated 48 jobs and a further 25 jobs once operational. The state-of-the-art space is poised to become the largest circus centre to be built in Queensland, enabling Flipside Circus to train more than 55,000 participants and accommodate around 110,00 visitors a year.

Photo credit: Flipside Circus / flipsidecircus.org.au

Also, the custom-built centre will be unique in form and function in that it will utilise modular, prefabricated materials, shipping containers and canvas.

“Both the form and the function of the space will revolve around circus, and we’ll be able to put it up and build it in stages. So we can be using it straight away because of the fact that it’s modular and flexible, and that marriage of form and function is really exciting for us,” Kronk said.

Brisbane Circus Centre – Flipside Circus new home from Flipside Circus on Vimeo.

You can still donate and help the organisation complete the Stage 1 construction of the Brisbane Circus Centre through this link.

About Flipside Circus

Flipside Circus is a not-for-profit organisation that was established in 1998. Starting from community-based workshops run by circus artists and families, Flipside Circus has since grown to be the largest youth arts organisation in Queensland.

It offers a variety of classes and workshops, catering to ages 18 months old to adults, from all skill levels, and all abilities. There is also an artistic program of performances created by, for and with young people.

The organisation also offers workshops for Outside School Hour Care providers and school excursions and incursions and provides support for upcoming and professional circus artists. Their current circus space is located at 33 MacArthur Avenue, Hamilton.