International Clown Festival 2017 in Bognor Regis

It's Official! International Clown Festival April 7th to 9th 2017 3 days of fun, learning, excitement and SMILES for LIFE! Clowns International are celebrating 70 years of clowning at our fantastic seaside home from home, Bognor Regis. Workshops and shows on Friday....
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Clown Wedding

  Our Chair, Clown Silly Tilly and the wonderful Jarl tied the balloon knot in the first ever clown wedding in Northern Ireland. The wedding was truly about International Clowns with red nosed bride  from Northern Ireland, groom Klovnen Jarl from Denmark,...
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Annual Grimaldi Clown Service

Sunday February 5th, 3pm All Saints' Haggerston, Hackney   Once a year, clowns gather in London to commemorate the life of Joseph Grimaldi, the father of modern day clowns and to pay our last respects to all those clowns who passed on to the big top in the sky...
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The origins of Clowns International stretches back to 1946/7 as the International Circus Clowns Club when  the majority of clowns were to be found in the various circuses of the time. Troupes of sometimes a dozen were employed in the larger shows.  In February of each year there were clowns who were negotiating contracts for the coming season and so it was at this time of year in 1947 that Billy Smart, proprietor of a circus of that name created some publicity for his Show by arranging for some of his clowns to attend Joseph Grimaldi’s grave in the churchyard of St. James’s church in Pentonville Road, London.  There they laid a wreath on the gravestone and afterwards decided to meet again the following year. 

A circus and clown enthusiast by the name of Stan Bult got to hear of this and as a result the gathering of clowns became the International Circus Clown Club with Stan Bult as its first Secretary/Organiser.  From the initial meeting arose the annual service of remembrance for Joseph Grimaldi which was initially and for many years after held at St. James’s church in Pentonville Road. In 1959 it moved to Holy Trinity Church in Beechwood Road, Haggerston, London and our annual service continues to be held there.

wp1372d4a7_05_06 By 1978 the survival of the International Circus Clown Club was in jeopardy owing to the diminishing number of clowns inside circuses and a growing number elsewhere.  So a decision was made to widen the membership of the club to include all clowns of every type and so the name of the club was changed to “Clowns International”.

 Originally membership was for professional circus clowns but nowadays membership is made up of clowns from all walks of life.  Join Now as a friend of clowns or a full clown member (if you are a clown).

Members come from around the world including UK, USA, Portugal, Denmark and France to name but a few.


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Play and Failure a Creative Retreat

Play and Failure a Creative Retreat

October 21, 2017, 10:00am - October 28, 2017, 12:00pm

In this week long creative retreat we will be working with, clown, bouffon, mask, ridiculousness, gesture and movement, authentic movement, somatic practices, ritual, mythology, and animal influences. In October 2017 we will get together in the Catalonian countryside to create, learn and evolve as a temporary clown community - under the canvas of a Circus Big Top, this retreat will revolve around idea's of using the body, clowning and mask, performance, ritual and all the different possibilities that emerge. The accomodation consists off: 3 bedrooms with 4 beds in each, kitchen, with utensils to cook dining room big terrasse 2 bathrooms, ( there´s also an ecological toilet outside ) hot water wifi wood fired heating Local river walks within 5mins and stunning outdoor spaces. We will play, we will fail and create. We will move with our bodies. Investigate the use of mask, look at our own social masks, We will awake our clown, and let loose our bouffon, This is an invitation for you, to join us on an adventure through Play and Failure, spending a week creating and sharing underneath the canvas of a wonderful Circus Big Top. Total cost for the retreat including accommodation is 350 Euros. For more details email: Places limited to 12 persons

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