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Walthamstow Youth Circus

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Walthamstow Youth Circus

Walthamstow Youth Circus

Walthamstow Youth Circus By Walthamstow Youth Circus

We are crowdfunding for an aerial training and performance space within Waltham Forest, the Borough of Culture, to grow and secure our participatory circus offer over the next 3 years and beyond

Waltham Forest Idea stage

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Walthamstow Youth Circus is a local group of gravity defying young people who love to fly, dance and spin through the air, on trapezes, hoops and silks. The Walthamstow Youth Circus is founded by local artist and Shunt co founder Layla Rosa whose work as a circus and theatre maker has animated many of Londons most unusual spaces and reached audiences across the globe from Bridport to Brazil. Our project aims to design, build and deliver a purpose built rig to install into a Meanwhile space, put on training sessions twice a week and a drop in session for new interested children over the weekend. Based on demand, we can look to increase sessions and invest in more equipment to support the development of our sessions.

What we'll deliver:

  • Purchase, build and install a new rig for acrobatics within a new meanwhile space
  • Put on 2 evening sessions a week for Circus training and acrobatics, and drop in sessions for Saturday mornings
  • Help put on a program for events for next year's Waltham Forest Borough of Culture
  • Work with Waltham Forest Council to help develop a purpose built space

Why it's a great idea:

Waltham Forest and particularly Walthamstow and even as wide as East London does not have any circus provision. This new space can be a The Flagship program to support Youth Circus in London and grow our next generation of performers. Our situation has become precarious after having to leave our existing space as a result of being evicted by the Landlord.

Steps to get it done:

  • Scope and make safe meanwhile space for high acrobatics
  • Fit out building
  • Plan and publish training sessions
  • Buy new circus equipment
  • Create H&S Plan and Risk Assessment
  • Establish Storage area for equipment
  • Secure site with Alarm detection system
  • Decorate space

We have the support from the Arts Council, Waltham Forest Council and the NCCA (National Centre for Circus Arts). We have the support of the local community, the st james street big local, the roundhouse trust. all our parents and our audience.

Location Waltham Forest

About the space

Custom Location


London Borough of Waltham Forest

How will the money be spent?Total £20,090

Session support for Apprentice for the year - £5,000 (25%)
Rig Equipment - £2,500 (12%)
Crash Mats and floor equipment for Circus - £2,500 (12%)
Security - £2,000 (10%)
Paint/Materials for Decoration - £1,000 (5%)
Website Design - £1,000 (5%)
Struictual Engineer imput - £1,000 (5%)
Rig design - £1,000 (5%)
Circus Outfits for students - £1,000 (5%)
Rig Install - £1,000 (5%)
Other - £2,090 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Session support for Apprentice for the year
Rig Equipment
Crash Mats and floor equipment for Circus
Paint/Materials for Decoration
Website Design
Struictual Engineer imput
Rig design
Circus Outfits for students
Rig Install
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • Risk Assessment
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Extra sessions for community members, more equipment and scope to increase events outside of the Walthamstow Garden Party

Total £20,090

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