Israeli Juggling Convention
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.
- Since 2000, the convention has been located in the Gan HaShlosha National Park in the north of Israel near Beit She'an.
- 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.
- 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 with any prop. Winners are voted for by the audience and cash prizes are sponsored by the Rosenberg family.
- The Special Show is a full theater show that varies between artistic, theatrical, technical, and comedy.
- Smaller shows include an open stage, a fire show, renegades, juggle jam, kids shows, a closing show, and sometimes others.
- 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. Since 2015, it has been held in the Roman amphitheater of the Beit She'an National Park.
- Other competitions held at IJC have included Fight Night and IJA IRC.
- Many years had an Israeli Show showcasing many of the best Israeli performers.
- 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.
- IJC hosts special and disadvantaged groups to visit the convention and take part in workshops and activities every year.
|Number||Year||Main Organizer||Guest Artists||Attendance||Location|
|23||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) Guest Info||~2,000 * (Limited attendance)||Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)|
|22||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). Guest Info||~1,500 * (Limited attendance)||Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)|
|21||2014||Ron Atazky||Michael Davies, Kyle Johnson, Miguel Gigosos Ronda, Samuel Youde, Guillaume Martinet & Eric Longequel, Roxana Küwen, Guillaume Karpowicz and Daniel Sánchez Rodríguez.Guest Info||~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 Mardinet 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||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)||~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)||864||Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)|
|10||2003||Kulu Itsik Orr||Vova and Olga Galchenko (Russia), Denis Paumier and Les Objets Volants (France)||775||Gan HaShlosha National Park (Sachne)|
|9||2002||Kulu Itsik Orr||Tom Murphy (after a last minute cancellation by the Gandini Project)||400||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||Francois Volet and Rena Penna (Australia)||100||Hebrew University, Givat Ram, Jerusalem|
|--||1996||Raphael Harris||Yosef (Jonathon) Rosenberg||100||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
- 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).
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