• 17 April 2021 •
On Saturday 17th April 2021, Zippos Circus is proud to help celebrate the 11th World Circus Day, organised by the World Circus Federation / Federation Mondiale du Cirque. Here is a video compilation of just some of the wonderful acts and performers who have appeared with Zippos Circus over the past 11 years.
• 7 January 2021 •
7 January 2021
Prestigious Performing Arts Accolade
for Zippos Circus Founder
Martin ‘Zippo’ Burton included in The Stage 100
Martin ‘Zippo’ Burton, Founder and Director of Zippos Circus and Chair of The Association of Circus Proprietors, has been included within The Stage newspaper's prestigious Top 100 as an exceptional voice that made a difference to the future of performing arts in 2020. He joins other influential voices including Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Bill Kenwright.
In the summer, The Association of Circus Proprietors warned that without support, many circuses would go bust. The body, with Burton as Chair, marched on Downing Street with costumed performers from UK circuses, urging the Government to act. It proved one of the sector’s most effective acts of lobbying.
By mid-July 2020 circuses were allowed to open and went on to become big recipients from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
Burton commented, "I am delighted that the work of myself and my fellow ACP members has been recognized within the performing arts sector. I have worked tirelessly on behalf of our members to get UK circuses (including my own) back on the road and eligible for receipt of the Culture Recovery Fund. Circuses are often forgotten by the Government and Arts Council and not recognized as an art form, this is no longer the case. We are determined to get all circuses back on the road as soon as we can safely do so in 2021.”
A public nominations process was run to vote for The Stage 100 with the final list created by the magazine’s editorial team.
Association of Circus Proprietors
In the summer, the Association of Circus Proprietors warned that without support, many circuses would go bust. The body, with Burton as chair, marched on Downing Street with more than 50 costumed performers from top UK circuses, urging the government to act. It proved one of the sector’s most effective acts of lobbying. By mid-July, circuses were allowed to open and went on to become big recipients from the Culture Recovery Fund.
• 31 October 2020 •
ZIPPOS CIRCUS SECURES LIFELINE ARTS COUNCIL GRANT
THE SHOW WILL GO ON!
Zippos Circus, the UK’s favourite touring circus, has been awarded significant funding in the latest allocation of grants from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, administered by The Arts Council England.
The vital funding of over £600,000 will enable the much-loved circus to continue to perform this year and get back on the road across the UK in 2021. Zippos Circus was unable to go out on tour for Easter this year and has been faced with many challenges including having artists from around the world stranded in the UK. The show managed to get back on tour in August, despite huge hurdles, with a critically-acclaimed new production ‘Rebound’ and has since then been touring England with a socially-distanced show and hugely reduced capacity. Zippos biggest annual gig at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will not go ahead as the whole event has been cancelled for winter 2020.
The 2020 tour will end in November and the funds will enable the 2021 production to be created ready for touring and provide much needed monies for the business’ infrastructure.
Martin Burton, Founder and Director of Zippos Circus, commented,
“This generous grant is a lifeline for us and gives our immediate future certainty after a devastating year even if social distancing measures remain in place well into next year. The circus is a hugely popular, accessible and affordable art form, appealing to a wide audience and for many children is their first introduction to live performance. We are delighted and hugely relieved to have received this grant which will secure our financial viability and set us up for our 2021 tour.”
Zippos Circus is currently touring England and will be at Blackheath, London from Thursday 22nd October until 1st November 2021. Further details on www.zippos.co.uk.
• 14 September 2018 •
On Friday 14 September 2018, a paving stone funded by Zippos Circus and commemorating Astley's Amphitheatre was unveiled at the garden of St Thomas's Hospital, London, on the south side of Westminster Bridge.