European Juggling Convention

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EJC 2006, Millstreet, Ireland.

The European Juggling Convention (EJC), is the largest juggling convention in the world, regularly attracting several thousand participants. It is held every year in a different European country. It is organised by changing local organisation committees which are supported by the European Juggling Association (EJA), a non-profit association founded in 1987 in Saintes, France.[1] Like most juggling conventions, it features a mix of workshops for jugglers, a "renegade" performance performed for participants, games, performances and a public show, usually spread out over a period of a week in the European summer. Accommodation is usually in the form of tents provided by participants.

History[edit]

The first EJC was inspired by the IJA Festival and organised by jugglers who didn't want to travel to the USA.[2] The IJA helped by giving the organisers a list (known as the roster) of IJA members living in Europe.[3] It was also known as the "first European IJA mini-convention" and had an attendance of 11 jugglers from 5 countries.[4] EJC has now grown much bigger than its inspiration and has much less focus on competitive juggling, but is more about the sharing of juggling.

List of European Juggling Conventions[edit]

No. Location Year Dates Attendance Organiser Link
1 Brighton, United Kingdom 1978 April 15 - April 16 11 Lynn Thomas [1][2][3]
2 Newport-on-Tay, United Kingdom 1979 April 14 - April 16 25 Lindsay Leslie [4]
3 London, United Kingdom 1980 March 28 - March 30 42 Tim Batson [5]
4 London, United Kingdom 1981 September 18 - September 20 100 Tim Batson [6]
5 Copenhagen, Denmark 1982 September 10 - September 12 110 Jonglorer md Tyngdekaften [7][8]
6 Laval, France 1983 September 16 - September 18 200 L'Institut de Jonglage [9]
7 Frankfurt, Germany 1984 September 13 - September 16 400 Schwerkraft Na Und [10]
8 Louvain la Neuve, Belgium[5] 1985 September 5 - September 8 550 Cirque de Trottoir [11]
9 Castellar de la Frontera, Spain 1986 September 18 - September 21 350 Javier Jiminez, Hermann Klink, Fritz Brehm, Toby Philpott
10 Saintes, France 1987 September 17 - September 20 1000 L'Institut de Jonglage [12]
11 Bradford, United Kingdom 1988 September 22 - September 25 1000 Sam Scurfield [13]
12 Maastricht, Netherlands 1989 August 31 - September 3 2000 Stichting 12th European Juggling Festival [14]
13 Oldenburg, Germany 1990 August 30 - September 2 2500 Verein zur Förderung des Freizeitsports e.V. [15]
14 Verona, Italy 1991 August 29 - September 1 2300 EJA: represented by Jules Howarth, Pippa Stockting, Doug Orten
15 Banyoles, Spain 1992 August 20 - August 24 1500 Sue Hunt
16 Leeds, United Kingdom 1993 September 1 - September 5 1800 Up in the Air Ltd.
17 Hagen, Germany 1994 August 2 - August 7 2000 EJA (Deutschland) e.V.
18 Gothenburg, Sweden 1995 August 11 - August 18 1100 Snöbollen
19 Grenoble, France 1996 August 12 - August 18 2200 Association Entre ciel et terre
20 Turin, Italy 1997 September 1 - September 6 1000 Just for Joy European Association
21 Edinburgh, United Kingdom 1998 August 3 - August 8 2000 EJC98 Ltd.
22 Grenoble, France 1999 August 12 - August 18 2300 Association Entre ciel et terre
23 Karlsruhe, Germany 2000 August 5 - August 12 2750[6] Pyramidaler Kleinkunst-Verein e.V.
24 Rotterdam, Netherlands 2001 August 4 - August 12 3500 Stichting EJC2001
25 Bremen, Germany 2002 August 8 - August 16 2200 Zirkuswerkstatt e.V.
26 Svendborg, Denmark 2003 August 5 - August 13 2300 E.J.C. 2003 Svendborg [16]
27 Carvin, France 2004 July 25 - August 1 4487 Ch'ti Cirq [17]
28 Ptuj, Slovenia 2005 August 14 - August 20 3550 Rokodelci Juggling Association [18]
29 Millstreet, Ireland 2006 July 9 - July 16 2252 JCEvents Ltd. [19]
30 Athens, Greece 2007 July 30 - August 5 2300
31 Karlsruhe, Germany 2008 August 2 - August 10 6800[7] Pyramidaler KleinKunst-Verein [20]
32 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain 2009 July 4 - July 12 4200 [21]
33 Joensuu, Finland 2010 July 24 - August 1 1200 Sirkus Supiainen ry [22]
34 Munich, Germany 2011 August 6 - August 14 7200 EJC 2011 e.V. [23]
35 Lublin, Poland 2012 July 28 - August 5 1540 Fundacja Sztukmistrze [24]
36 Toulouse, France 2013 July 27 - August 4 4500 L’association Par Haz’Art [25]
37 Millstreet, Ireland 2014 July 19 - July 27 2345 Circus Events Ltd. [26]
38 Bruneck, Italy 2015 August 1 - August 9 4042 [27]
39 Almere, Netherlands 2016 July 30 - August 7 5417 Stichting Europees Jongleerfestival 2016 [28]
40 Lublin, Poland 2017 July 22 - July 30 Fundacja Sztukmistrze [29]
41 Azores Portugal 2018 July 28 - August 5 Associação Cultural de Artes Circenses dos Açores - 9'Circos [30]
42 Newark, United Kingdom 2019 August 3 - August 11 Red Hat Events [31]
43 Leipzig, Germany 2020 August 1 - August 9 [32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Stichting European Juggling Association". European Juggling Association. 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
  2. ^ "Thoughts, Philosophy, History by Toby Philpott". European Juggling Association. 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  3. ^ "Report on Brighton IJA Convention April 15 & 16, 1978 by Lindsay Leslie". International Juggling Association. 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-28.
  4. ^ "First European IJA Mini-Convention Brighton, England". International Juggling Association. 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  5. ^ http://www.kaskade.de/fileadmin/downloadarchiv/1-44e/003%20e%20Kaskade%201985_04_21.pdf#5
  6. ^ "The European Juggling Association". European Juggling Association, list of EJCs. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  7. ^ "European Juggling Convention 2008". Pyramidaler Kleinkunst Verein. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-04.

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