The World Circus and Cabaret Festival

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Roll up, Roll up. It’s here. The First Annual World Circus and Cabaret Festival is taking place nestled amount the picturesque hills of Daylesford.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of the Live Love Life Festival, the Daylesford and Macedon Tourism have got right behind this little festival that could and do they have a program that is set to wow. In the words of Australia's very own bard ‘from little things big things grow.’ And that’s exactly what they intend to do. Hepburn Spring’s iconic Palais will re-open its doors for the festival with an overflowing program celebrating all things cabaret. From side show to burlesque and everything in-between. The venue has received more than a face lift with Richard Fanale at the helm and when she reopens, this old girl is going to be more glamourous than ever.Melody and Sam Hryckow founders of Fish and Moo Productions and local Daylesford residents recently purchased a circus big top.

Sam who has been a circus artist for the last 20 years explains ‘When you’ve got three small children and a mortgage running away to join the circus is easier said than done. That’s why we bought our own.’ And so, the circus is coming to town with the first Big Top to appear in Daylesford in modern memory. The tent has been christened “The May Wirth”, after Australia’s very own superstar of the ring, famous Australian equestrian acrobat and first person to every perform both front and back somersaults on horseback. “In my mind, May Wirth who toured the world with Barnum and Bailey but came from humble origins in Bundaberg Queensland, epitomises the unsung strength of the Australian woman and tells a uniquely Australian story.’ says Melody, ‘It’s our goal to tell these stories and keep alive these voices through our circus cabaret productions.’

The World Circus and Cabaret Festival
15-18 November

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