Philadelphia's Hand-to-Hand Circus Festival Returns

PHIADELPHIA, PA - Get ready for a thrilling showcase of contemporary circus arts! FringeArts and Circadium School of Contemporary Circus are teaming up again to present the sixth annual Hand to Hand Circus Festival, taking over the FringeArts theater from May 31 to June 2, 2024. This beloved festival has become a highlight of Philadelphia's vibrant spring arts scene, celebrating our city's circus performers' incredible talent and daring artistry.

Philadelphia's Hand-to-Hand Circus Festival Returns
Philadelphia's Hand-to-Hand Circus Festival Returns

Two Unique Events Designed for All Ages

This year's Hand to Hand Festival offers audiences two ways to experience the magic of contemporary circus. First, prepare to be enchanted as Circadium's talented students take the stage in Begin Again (May 31 - June 1), an original production exploring the nature of time and the artist's journey. Witness breathtaking feats of juggling, aerial artistry, acrobatics, clowning, and more in a show that will leave you questioning the limits of the possible.

Then, on June 2, Test Flights gives you a sneak peek at the future of Philly's circus scene! This showcase features works-in-progress from some of the city's most exciting established artists, who blend circus disciplines with theater, dance, and other art forms in daring new ways.

"We're pushing the boundaries of contemporary circus with this year's festival," says Shana Kennedy, Executive Director of Circadium. "We're especially thrilled to have Oregon-based Artistic Director Ty Vennewitz creating an original work for our students, inspired by the book 'Einstein's Dreams.'"

"The Hand to Hand Festival is a joyous celebration of the artistry and athleticism that defines contemporary circus," adds Mikaela Boone, Programming Manager & Artistic Producer at FringeArts. "This festival invites families and audiences of all ages to experience the wonder of circus together."

Don't Miss This High-Flying Spectacle

Mark your calendars for the Hand to Hand Circus Festival, and prepare for a weekend where the extraordinary becomes real. Tickets are on sale now at or by calling the FringeArts Box Office at 215-413-1318. Be sure to follow @fringearts and @circadiumschool for updates and glimpses behind the scenes.