Israeli Juggling Convention

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The Israeli Juggling Convention (IJC) takes place each year during the Passover Holiday. The IJC is the second biggest juggling convention in the world (after the EJC) with around 2000 participants each year.


Israeli juggling conventions started in the late 80s and then took a break before continuing regularly from the mid-90s. Since 2000, the IJC has been on the same site and has used a consistent format:

  • The convention takes place during the intermediary days of Passover.[1]
  • Since 2000, the convention has been located in the Gan HaShlosha National Park in the north of Israel near Beit She'an.[1]
  • It is a camping convention and the main activities take place in a large on-site gym. There are vendors, workshops, and general practice space available for juggling and many other circus skills.[1]
  • The first evening traditionally has a juggling competition named in memory of Avi Rosenberg. For many years it alternated between 3 ball and 3 club opens, but since 2014 it has been a best trick competition[2] with any prop. Winners are voted for by the audience and cash prizes are sponsored by the Rosenberg family.[1]
  • The Special Show is a full theater show that varies between artistic, theatrical, technical, and comedy.[1]
  • Smaller shows include an open stage, a fire show, renegades, juggle jam, kids shows, a closing show, and sometimes others.[1]
  • Starting in 2015, IJC has had a successful parade through the city of Beit Shean.
  • The Juggling Olympics is usually one of the last days or nights of the convention. Numerous juggling games and contests are presented. Highlights have included 5 ball endurance, shekel juggling, the "Tournir Yoni" 3 tennis ball combat, club combat, and unicycle combat. In 2015 and 2016 it was held in the Roman amphitheater of the Beit She'an National Park.[1]
  • Other competitions held at IJC have included Fight Night, IJA IRC and volley club.
  • Many years had an Israeli Show showcasing many of the best Israeli performers.[1]
  • The International Gala is on the final evening and is a high quality variety show with about a dozen world-class performers brought in from around the world.[1]
  • IJC hosts special and disadvantaged groups to visit the convention and take part in workshops and activities every year.
  • Workshops: In 2019 there were over 220 workshops at levels for beginner, intermediate and advanced. There are 10 designated locations, including a covered filed in pool area (3), a shaded ampitheter (2) and the gym (4 + 1 Passing Zone)

Past conventions[edit]

Number Year Main Organizer Guest Artists Attendance Location
-- 2021 IJC Team ??? Zoom
-- 2020 IJC Team 7pm Opening Show, 8pm JugTed (Ted Talks), 9pm Olympics, 10pm Quiz Game, 10:30pm Big Toss Up ~110 Zoom
26 2019 Dekel Azulay Guillermo Leon De Keijzer, LPM (Lucas Castelo Branco, Hannes Bauhofen, Andrés Torrez), Lucas Zileri, Kellin Quinn, Raul Cañas, Ezra Weill, Mounâ Chan, Pen Zen ~2,000 * (Limited attendance) Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
25[3] 2018 Dekel Azulay Delaney Bayles, Ron Beeri & Itamar Glucksmann, Francesco Caspani, Edward Cliffe, Cirque Democratique (Gab Dondewel & Sander De Cuyper & Bram Dobbleberre), Joe Fisher, Juliette Hulot & Emmanuelle Legros, Nelli Kujansivu, Sebastian Landauer, Ariane Oechsner & Partner ~2,000 * (Limited attendance) Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
24[4] 2017 Dekel Azulay and Ron Atazky Juan Duartemateos, Chihhan Chao, Lu Yu Cheng (Lucas), Yang Chin Yao, Chan Yi Kan, Onni Toivonen, Thom Wall, Doreen Grossman, Olena Biambasuren, Sveta Kolodiy, Christine Oymann[5] ~2,000 * (Limited attendance) Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
23[6] 2016 Ron Atazky and Dekel Azulay Joseph Viatte, Alexis Levillon, Yosuke Ikeda, Lucas Castelo Branco, EAEO (Eric Longequel, Sander De Cuyper, Bram Dobbleberre, Jordan De Cuyper, Neta Oren), Jonglissimo (Manuel Mitasch, Dominik Harant, Daniel Ledel)[7] ~2,000 * (Limited attendance) Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
22[8] 2015 Ron Atazky Dan Holzman (USA), Alexandra Soboleva, Patrik Elmnert (Sweden), Wes Peden (USA), Bogdan Illouz, Gon Fernandez, Emil Dahl (Sweden), Solvejg Weyeneth, Matthew Poki McCorkle (USA).[9] ~1,500 * (Limited attendance) Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
21[10] 2014 Ron Atazky Michael Davies, Kyle Johnson, Miguel Gigosos Ronda, Samuel Youde, Guillaume Martinet & Eric Longequel, Roxana Küwen, Guillaume Karpowicz and Daniel Sánchez Rodríguez.[11] ~1,300 * (Limited attendance) Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
20 2013 Ron Atazky Lorenzo Mastropietro, Mikel Ayala, Mael Tabibi, Jordi Querol, Steven Ragatz, Gustaf Rosell, Anni Kuper, Laura Von Bongard, Mario Danee, Arata Urawa, Antoine Terrieux, Julien Mandier. ~1,900 Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
19 2012 Ron Atazky Paul Ponce, Eric Bates, Tony Pezzo, Luis Sartori, Etienne Chauzy, Marianna De Sanctis, Riccardo Tanca, and Petter Wadsten. ~1,700 Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
18 2011 Ron Atazky Ines Brun, Stefan Sing & Cristiana Casadio, Matt Hall, Shake That (Hans Vanwynsberghe, Joris Verbeeren, Sander De Cuyper, Nino Mertens, Gab Bondewel), Cie Ea Eo (Eric Longequel, Sander De Cuyper, Jordaan De Cuyper, Bram Dobbelaere), Florent Lestage ~1,300 Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
17 2010 Ron Atazky Pol & Freddy, Joelle Huguenin, Jacob and Nate Sharpe, Jorden Moir, Jeanine Ebnöther, Mathieu Moustache, Pavel Evsukevich, Isabella Du Bois, Cyrille Humen and Daniel Shultz ~1,200 Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
16 2009 Ron Atazky Matthias Romir, Lena Köhn, Mike Rollins, Ronan McLoughlin, Luis "Toto" Villesca, Le BoTrio, DeFracto (Guillaume Martinet and Minhtam Kaplan), Carlos Muñoz, Alexander Kulakov. ~1,200 Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
15 2008 Ron Atazky Wes Peden, Lorenzo Mastropietro, Frida Odden, Sean Blue, Look Sharp (Peter Aberg and Viktor Gyllenberg), Fred Normal, Nicolas Longuechaud, Audrey Decaillon and Fraser Hooper ~1,100 Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
14 2007 Ron Atazky Erik Aberg (Sweden), Morgan (France), Marco Paoletti (South America), Jan Oving (Holland), Luke Burrage and Pola Braendle (England/Germany), Tempei Arakawa (Japan) ~1,000 Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
13 2006 Ron Atazky Maksim Komaro and Markus Lahtinen, Matt Hall (USA), Tr’espace, the German/Swiss Diabolo Duo, La Petit Travers (France), Get The Shoe ~1,000 Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
12 2005 Ron Atazky and Kulu Itsik Orr Pas En Rond (France), Jean Furry (France), Markus Furtner (Germany), Stefan Sing and Philip Mayhofer (Germany), Thomas Dietz and Mark "Schani" Probst" (Germany/Austria), Bob Cates (Canada)[12] ~900 Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
11 2004 Kulu Itsik Orr and Ron Atazky Thomas Dietz (Germany), Peter Gerber (Germany), Mark "Schani" Probst (Austria), Tony Duncan (USA), Vincent Berhault and Compagnie Du Singulier (France)[13] 864 Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
10 2003 Kulu Itsik Orr Vova and Olga Galchenko (Russia), Denis Paumier and Les Objets Volants (France)[14] 775[15] Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
9 2002 Kulu Itsik Orr Tom Murphy (after a last minute cancellation by the Gandini Project) 400[16] Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
8 2001 Kulu Itsik Orr Luke Wilson (England) and Ilka Licht (Germany), Tomas Dahlen (Sweden) 300 Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
7 2000 Kulu Itsik Orr Pepretuum Mobile (Israel), Isaac Orr and Amir Levi (Israel), Ofer Blum (Israel), Mikhail Staroseletsky (Israel). 200 Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)
6 1999 Guy Lev Rod Laver (England), Bim Mason (England) 140 Yafit, Jordan Valley
5 1998 Guy Lev Flying Bob (Canada) 120 Kibbutz Tuval
4 1997 Scott Seltzer[17] Francois Volet and Rena Penna (Australia)[17] 100 Hebrew University, Givat Ram, Jerusalem[18]
-- 1996 Raphael Harris[19] Yosef (Jonathon) Rosenberg 100[15] Hineni Center, Downtown Jerusalem
3 1990 Omri Bar-Lev Lee Hays ~70 Eilat
2 1989 Roni and Rusty ~70 Eilat
1 1988 Roni and Rusty Eilat

Run by volunteers[edit]

  • IJC is backed by a certified non-profit organization, The Non-Profit for the Advancement of Juggling and Circus in Israel. The convention is run mainly by volunteers (except for some small roles such as security and registration).

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Avi Competition - The Israeli Juggling Convention 2014".
  3. ^ "פסטיבל הלהטוטים הישראלי - Israeli juggling convention - IJC - כנס הלהטוטים הישראלי".
  4. ^ "פסטיבל הלהטוטים הישראלי - Israeli juggling convention - IJC - כנס הלהטוטים הישראלי".
  5. ^ "Guest Artists IJC 2013 Israel Juggling Convention - The Israeli Juggling Convention 2017".
  6. ^ "פסטיבל הלהטוטים הישראלי - Israeli juggling convention - IJC - כנס הלהטוטים הישראלי".
  7. ^ "Guest Artists IJC 2013 Israel Juggling Convention - The Israeli Juggling Convention 2016".
  8. ^ "פסטיבל הלהטוטים הישראלי - Israeli juggling convention - IJC - כנס הלהטוטים הישראלי".
  9. ^ "Guest Artists IJC 2013 Israel Juggling Convention - The Israeli Juggling Convention 2015".
  10. ^ "פסטיבל הלהטוטים הישראלי - Israeli juggling convention - IJC - כנס הלהטוטים הישראלי".
  11. ^ "Guest Artists IJC 2013 Israel Juggling Convention - The Israeli Juggling Convention 2014".
  12. ^ "11th I.J.C - Kaskade Magazine Review". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  13. ^ "11th I.J.C - Kaskade Magazine Review". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  14. ^ "10th Israeli Juggling Convention ( IJC 2003 ) Video". YouTube. 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  15. ^ a b "Juggling in Israel". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  16. ^ "9th I.J.C - Financial Report". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  17. ^ a b "49-4,p32". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  18. ^ "48-4,p15". 1997-04-01. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  19. ^ "48-4,p10". Retrieved 2013-11-22.

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