Cavalcade of Youth!

The Circus Stars of Tomorrow Steal the Stage Today!
Sunday, November 6 at 4pm
Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Ave.
Brooklyn 11224
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Playful Productions present a special showcase for young variety performers, ranging from absolute amateurs to world-class professionals. Juvenile jugglers, diminutive dancers, adolescent acrobats, and a host of other majorly talented minors present a full show of vernal vaudeville.Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth features an amazing array of young talent. These are the future stars of Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Coney Island Sideshow, and television. Where else can you see young unicyclists, tap dancers, magicians, clowns, and contortionists share the stage with Broadway-bound singers and classically trained musicians?
$10 kids/$15 adults

Help Build the Future of Circus Arts!

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is currently seeking circus educators to present workshops at the 2016 NYC American Youth Circus Regional Festival on Saturday, November 12 at Circus Warehouse in Long Island City. The festival not only provides students ages 8-21 with a fun day of circus-arts workshops but is also an opportunity for presenters to connect with circus organizations around the tri-state area.

We are committed to creating a festival that provides something for everyone, regardless of age and skill level. We encourage creative workshop concepts that incorporate circus in any way, from stage makeup to choreography, from yoga to arts and crafts—in addition to traditional circus skills. Presenters will receive complimentary admission to the festival and will be welcome to distribute information and promotional materials about their circus teaching and activities.

If you are interested in presenting a workshop, please fill out and submit the online application by October 15th, 2016:

For additional information about the event, visit American Youth Circus Organization.

Questions? Please email Amy Chen at

2016 NYC American Youth Circus Festival – Early Bird Deadline October 15!

aycoBindlestiff Family Cirkus is pleased to host the 2016 NYC American Youth Circus Festival for the American Youth Circus Organization on Saturday, November 12 at Circus Warehouse in Long Island City, New York.

Youth aged 8-21 are invited to participate in a full day of circus workshops (from beginner to advanced), including trapeze, wire walking, clowning, partner acrobatics, juggling, stilt walking, unicycling, and more.  The day is capped off with a showcase featuring performances from the diverse and talented youth in attendance at the festival. Learn something new with us!

No experience necessary, so the brave and curious will have a full day to try new things, and advanced circus students will get to hone their skills with experienced professionals. Participation is limited, and previous years’ events have sold out, so pre-registration is strongly suggested. Early Bird Registration ends October 15.

Festival pass (includes four workshops, two meals, and one showcase): $55-$80; showcase ticket: $10

More information and registration at American Youth Circus Organization

If you would like to teach a workshop, please submit a proposal here:  Workshop Application

More information at American Youth Circus Organization or email

Perform in Cavalcade of Youth!

bindcavPerform in the Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth!

Performers under 21 are invited to take the stage in this special circus and variety showcase. Jugglers, clowns, aerialists, magicians, musicians, dancers, acrobats, or other performers, if you’ve got an act, show it off! If you’re thinking of pursuing a professional career, we can help you develop and promote your act. If circus is just a hobby, that’s fine too.

There is no cost to participate (although coaching and act development may be available for an additional fee), and performers share the proceeds from a hat pass.

No audition necessary for ground acts! Aerialists, please send video. All acts will be required to attend a rehearsal earlier on the day of the show.

When: Sunday, November 6, 2016, 4pm
Where: Coney Island USA, Brooklyn, NY

To find out more or sign up to perform, email Viveca Gardiner, For tickets, please visit

We look forward to seeing you in the spotlight!

2016 HONK NYC! Festival

The 2016 HONK NYC! Festival
10th Annual International Street Band Explosion
Tuesday, October 11 to Saturday October 15
All Shows $20 or Less – Most Shows Free
This year’s HONK NYC! includes a day in Staten Island, with a HONK NYC! Pop-Up at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, and an evening concert at Everything Goes Café.  HONK NYC! will also present its 3rd annual HONK! for More Gardens Parade on the Lower East Side, co-presented with More Gardens.
An artist-run festival, primarily underwritten via crowd-funding and small individual donations, the annual cavalcade brings a sense of anarchic, joyful, participatory celebration to audiences. HONK NYC! weaves together musicians and performers from around the globe who share a passion for playing and preserving the grassroots global tradition of street music.
HONK NYC! 2016 is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and also in part by a DCA Premier Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. HONK NYC’s 2016 programming is presented in conjunction with the following organizations: Ariana’s List, More Gardens!, Rubulad and WFMU Radio’s Transpacific Sound Paradise.
For complete festival details, including information on the Festival’s closing night show, community events and school programs related to the HONK NYC! lineup, ticket sales, venue information and lineup changes, visit the HONK NYC! website, the official HONK NYC! Facebook page or the HONK NYC! Kickstarter.
Partial Lineup follows.  For more information about the HONK NYC! Festival, for press tickets, additional media, and to arrange interviews with artists or Festival organizers, please contact Oriana Leckert with HONK NYC! at

Visual Artists of the Cirkus – Michael Samuel/Unicycle Festival T-Shirt Sale!

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Michael Samuel is a Bay-Area-based graphic imagedesigner whose corporate clients have included global corporations, magazines and typeface design firms. Along with his talents as an artist, Michael has a penchant for unicycling and juggling. Prior to relocating to San Francisco, he was a supporter and friendly face around the NYC Juggle This festivals and NYunifest-2012-logo-color-ver1unifest 2015 modifiedC Unicycle Club gatherings. It’s through these networks that Bindlestiff first connected with Mike and asunifest 2016 circlerevised jpgked him to design logos for the NYC Unicycle Festivals. Starting in 2010, Mike has now contributed seven great logos. As a special tribute to Michael’s talent, we’re offering a 2-for-1 discount on collectible NYC Unicycle Festival tee shirts from past years. Gotta get ‘em all!

For Unicycle Festival tee shirts, visit our Gift Shop at


Summer Cirkus Camp


Free for Hudson City School District youth

 Summer Cirkus camp age 8 and up - photo by David Lee

Summer Cirkus camp age 8 and up – photo by David Lee

Department of Youth 18 S. 3rd Street, Hudson.
Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12
9:00 am to 12:00 noon

SUMMER CIRKUS youth will ALSO participate in the Black Arts and Cultural Festival Family Day Parade and event on Saturday, August 13 with a free performance of their skills at the Riverfront Park.

Monday – Friday August 8-12 9 am – 12pm
Saturday, August 13 – parade lineup 1:30 pm at 7th Street Park, Hudson

FREE for all youth in Hudson City School District
$100/ week for youth outside Hudson City School District; sibling discount for 2+ family members $50 per child.

Hudson City Skywalkers Stilt Team at Black Arts and Cultural Festival Family Day Parade

Hudson City Skywalkers Stilt Team at Black Arts and Cultural Festival Family Day Parade

Skills we explore: scarf juggling, ball juggling, diabolos, tumbling and human pyramids, unicycling, and aerial acrobatics.

Download and print permission slip below, and return to:
210 Tanners Lane, Hudson 12534
Oakdale Staff at 6th Street recreational facility

Call 518-828-7470 or email

Summer Cirkus for ages 8 and up, Hudson, NY

Hudson City Skywalkers Stilt Team training week for ages 13 and up – no prior experience necessary!

Permission / Registration Form for Summer Cirkus and Stilt Walking Workshop


A Night at Niblo’s Garden

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On the evening of Saturday, July 16, Green-Wood Cemetery will transform into a 19th-century pleasure garden and theater, to celebrate its permanent resident William Niblo (1789–1878). The one-of-a-kind outdoor show and picnic at the site of Niblo’s grand mausoleum will feature entertainment curated by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, a vaudeville and performing arts powerhouse. Arrive early, as guests are invited to play Victorian amusements including graces, shuttlecocks, and wooden rolling hoops. The performances begin with a grand procession of stilt walkers, penny farthing riders, dancers, and circus performers. These outdoor performances have the 19th-century flair of Niblo’s theater:  guests will be dazzled with fire eaters, jugglers, acrobats, contortionists, a hot air balloon fantasy, and much more. Music will include harp solos, hurdy gurdies, and novelty song sing-alongs. The picnic and rollicking show will surround one of Green-Wood’s beautiful glacial ponds, in front of Niblo’s stately mausoleum. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, picnic dinners and beverages as they step back in time with author, historian and Niblo expert Ben Feldman. After the show, Niblo’s mausoleum will be open for candlelit exploring.
William Niblo himself visited his Green-Wood mausoleum regularly before he was interred there. His combination pleasure garden and theater, Niblo’s Garden, was the Radio City Music Hall of its day. It featured acrobats, vaudeville, dramas, musical concerts, and operas and was the destination for entertainment in New York City. Niblo’s was the site of America’s first work of musical theater. The fashionable theater-garden, located in Manhattan on Broadway between Prince and Crosby, seated 3,200 persons. It was demolished in 1895.

Visual Artists of the Cirkus – Ashleigh Talbot



Artist, illustrator, and purveyor of oddities Ashleigh Talbot’s artwork first came into our world when we purchased a copy of “Circus of the Scars”, Jan T. Gregor’s look at the Jim Rose Sideshow’s tours, trials and travails. Madame Talbot’s illustrations brought the text to life, giving soul to the aesthetic of the sideshow revival – part Victoriana, part old-school sailor tattoo, part Tarot, part dark whimsy.

Through our friendship with Tim Cridland, Rose’s Human Pincushion and a Sideshow historian and legend in his own right, we asked Ashleigh to design a poster for the 2002 production Buckaroo Bindlestiff’s Wild West Gender Bender Jamboree. Find out more about this amazing artist at

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum 75th Anniversary


Roosevelt Library & Museum Turns 75!

Join us in celebrating the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum’s 75th anniversary

Family Fun Festival! Join us on the Library’s Great Lawn for a day of free activities, including performances by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, live swing music (bring your dancing shoes!), food trucks, a dunk tank, face painting, raptor shows and more!

For more information:

The FDR Library is located at 4079 Albany Post Rd in Hyde Park, NY.