Yorkshire Circus Fire Jam for Performers & Twirlers

Sun 9 May - Sun 12 Sep 2021, 8pm

Open Source Arts Unit 1A, Aire Place Mills
143 Kirkstall Road

Circus Mixed arts Workshop / participatory


Booking information

You will be able to contribute on the night.

About the event

Calling all fire twirlers! Yorkshire Circus and Open Source Arts would like to bring a new opportunity for fire and light twirlers of all abilities to get out, rehearse their skills and be a part of the fantastic circus community.

We are super excited about being able to move forward with our community activities, heading forward the second Sunday evening of each month starting May 9th through the summer will be open to performers and individuals to come to train any fire and LED-related shenanigans.

  • The dates will be:
  • Sun 13 Jun 2021 – 8:00 pm
  • Sun 11 Jul 2021 – 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8 Aug 2021 – 8:00 pm
  • Sun 12 Sep 2021 – 8:00 pm

Please note this is not an instructor-led session or performance. This will be an open session for fire and light twirlers only, allowing performers to continue training, try new moves and develop new routines in a space without the pressure of an audience. If you are a fire twirler that has been many times before or a new member of our community we want you to feel welcome and included. Please feel free to ask us any questions either by email or phone or by speaking to our team around on the night. Our team has a wide variety of circus knowledge and experience, from 10+ years as performers to just starting their journey. We are all there to help each other and hope to see you there!

We are asking attendees to please plan to walk or cycle to Open Source Arts when attending our events. Not only is it friendlier to our environment and less disruptive. We also will have extremely limited parking on site due to our new layout, we hope to reserve the parking spots available for those with additional accessibility needs so please be respectful of that before planning your trip.

Please also respect other attendees whilst in attendance, respect social distancing and make sure you wash your hands on arrival, and sanitize regularly. In line with Test and trace, we ask everyone that visits Open Source Arts to please sign in at our desk which will be at the front door.

The event is using our Collaborative Finance Model!

Collaborating, also known as open sourcing, involves making the source code (of some instructions or design) accessible to anyone to use, modify and take inspiration from, according to what they wish to do! We believe money is a resource, and like other resources, the way it is used defines the impact it creates. We want to pay people properly for their time, and keep money flowing in our community.

£30p/hr space hire and venue manager x 2: £60

£10/hr admin, marketing, space prep, insurance : £60

Total: £120

To make this activity start to become sustainable for all who are involved, if 12 people come, that divides to £10 each, or £5/hr. If 20 people come, this divides to £6 each, or £3/hr.

Now you know how much it costs for this activity, it is entirely up to you how much you wish to contribute!

If you plan to come and perform fire or any other circus fun then we please ask that you fill out one of our disclaimers below BEFORE attending and email along with any relevant personal insurance documents you have personally to our Circus Development Officer Joe on [email protected]

Fire twirling is dangerous. By coming to this space, we expect you to be respectful, safe and careful, to yourself, others and the environment. You will be responsible for your own activity here, and you take part at your own risk. Our safety crew and fire marshalls will be on hand and brief you with all the important stuff, they are also there to answer your questions so please don’t be shy they don’t bite (mostly)

If you have any questions or queries in the meantime please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. We can’t wait to see you all again and hope you are excited as we are to be back practicing twirling fire together again under the night sky.

FAQ’s for Performers:

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Please make sure if you plan to practice with your fire props you fill out the disclaimer below before attending Fire Jam and send any relevant insurance documentation you may have to our Circus Development Officer Joe – [email protected]

What should I bring with me?

Please make sure you bring all fire equipment you intend to use on the night, your own fuel and containers to dip your equipment.
PLEASE NOTE: we are unable to provide any containers or fuel so please make sure you have everything required to use your props safely. Please also ensure you bring a mask, a hot drink and a snack if you like and of course your wonderful self!

What do I do when I arrive?

Once you arrive you will be greeted by one of our fire safety team, they will show you to our dipping area and give you a brief on where to dip, where to spin-off and the safe areas for when you are not twirling. We have two performance areas so there will be plenty of chances for you to practice. Just make sure that you’re dipped and have spun-off ready for when someone already performing puts theirs out.

I would like to practice X/Y move that I have never done before…

We ask that all performers follow correct and safe practice whilst attending our fire jams. Please only rehearse moves you are confident with and have either performed on fire previously or un-lit multiple times. Please respect that fire is dangerous and be respectful of yourself, others and the space which you are using. Fire Marshals are there to help if you are unsure of something please contact us before the event or talk to one of our safety team on site.

Accessibility Info

The downstairs level, including toilets, are accessible by wheelchair. Disabled toilet facilities are available. The upper level where the dance studio and cafe are situated is not. The event will be hosted outside in the yard, disabled parking slots are available on request.


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