The first ever World Sideshow Festival was presented LIVE in the Minerva Space and Humffray Room at the 1869 Ballaarat Mechanics Institute over 3 nights, May 21,22 & 23 in 2015.
The World Sideshow Festival is a celebration of all things Sideshow. The genre has come of age and as a type of performance is experiencing a huge surge in popularity worldwide.
This event was the creation of Australian Sideshow legend Mr Shep Huntly who has toured the world working and networking with the cream of the crop of Sideshow performers. This year he assembled a stellar line-up of performers at the forefront of Sideshow performance in the World with:
The Lizardman – Lilikoi Choas (Circus Oz) – Elle Diablo, Captain Ruin, Bam Bam, Samora Squid, Dirty Pat, The Great Gordo Gamsby, The Space Comboy, Zoe Lamore, Aerial Manx in 5 full shows over 3 nights.
The events were a collaboration with FedUni-Live – students studying Live Production at Federation University Australia, SMB Campus in Ballarat.
FedUni-Live staff member Rex Hardware saw the chance to create a unique opportunity for students, performers and audiences to share in this Festival. Staged at Ballarat’s magnificently restored Mechanics Institute, the events were recorded and webcast live around the World (to 7 countries)
Audiences were ‘wowed’ with everything sideshow: mime artists, hoola hoopers, sword swallowers, glass walkers, body piercers, jugglers and death defying stunts!
See The World Sideshow Festival Website for a performer list,
Follow links here to Images and Video from the Events
The Festival will hopefully be back in Ballarat in 2016 – so stay tuned for all the details!
LinksWorld Sideshow Festival Website
World Sideshow Festival - 2015 Performers
Image Gallery of The Opening Night Cabaret
Image Gallery of The League of Sideshow Superstars Here
Image Gallery of Students setting up this event
Live Webcast Pages