Grimaldi Memorial May 31st

Come and join us on May 31st 2018 Celebrating Grimaldi’s life on the anniversary of his death. A long standing CI tradition. Grimaldi's Grave; Situated in the church yard of The Old St James's Church, Pentonville Rd. London N1. Clowns meet around his grave on his...

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....

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, bridesmaid...

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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