Sheffield enters the ring as Circus City

Greentop Circus clowns advertsing their next show
Greentop Circus clowns advertsing their next show

IT calls itself the City of Sport and it made the shortlist for UK City of Culture.

Now, under the banner Sheffield Circus City, local circus charities Swamp and Greentop have teamed up with the council to celebrate the city’s role as a national hub for circus arts.

Greentop Circus chief executive Craig Gamble Pugh said: “Many Sheffielders may be unaware that there are more circus performers and artists in the city than any other UK location outside Bristol and London, making us one of the top three UK circus cities.”

Jules Howarth, company manager at Swamp Circus Trust, which is based at the Magna Centre, Templeborough, said: “Circus plays an important role in the cultural fabric of the city and the wider region.

“We want to promote the idea of Sheffield Circus City to remind people of the long-standing role circus has had here.”

Also in the area are circus artist co-operative Jamboree Circus Arts, the longest-established and largest university juggling society, The Flying Teapots Circus, street theatre company Piff-Paff and a large number of small companies and freelance circus and street artists.

Amy Carter, the council’s head of arts and culture, said: “This celebration of Sheffield’s unique cultural roots in circus and street arts will bring something unique to Sheffield.”