Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival

The mission of the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival is two-fold: to educate the American circus artist by bringing them to the level required for competition internationally and to elevate the perception of and promote the artistic view of circus performance in America.

Just like every other industry has an annual convention to improve upon the skills and knowledge of its participants, we hope the CCCF will encourage American artists to explore what the world of circus is in other countries and develop a deeper artistic process. By attending professional development workshops and seminars, the level of professionalism, skills and business understanding will help the artist to compete in the global marketplace.

The CCCF believes that we can encourage an appreciation of all arts through the discovery of contemporary circus. This will ultimately lead audiences and artists to search out and support a greater variety of arts, be it classical or modern art, dance, music, theater, or cinema.​​