FluggleBurgh is a 3-day festival for all circus and skill arts hosted by Pittsburghs juggling, acro, and flow arts community (fluggle = flow + juggle). It will be held at the Winchester Thurston School in the heart of Pittsbugh (last year's show space) with the show on the nearby CMU campus. FluggleBurgh will provide a communal practice space with tall ceilings, classrooms with scheduled workshops all weekend, outdoor practice and fire space (weather permitting), object manipulation games/competition, and shows. All walks of object manipulation, circus arts, and movement arts are welcome.
In spirit, it is a successor of the Not Quite Pittsburgh Juggling Festival (2008-2015). For the first time, the festival is actually within the Pittsburgh city limits.
Our big goal of this festival is to bring the various communities around circus arts and other skills from Pittsburgh and beyond together, share workshops, and showcase the various skills in a show. We expect plenty of juggling, acrobatics, and flow workshops, as well as some clowning, balloons, and maybe even magic and unicycling.
Gym times (open practice, workshops)
Friday Oct 26 2018, 5pm-11pm
Saturday Oct 27 2018, 10am-11pm (gym closes during show)
Sunday Oct 28 2018, 10am-3pm
We ask for $5 per day for all activities in the gym to help offset the cost of the festival (rent, insurance, ...). Winchester Thurston students and their families can join for free, so can everybody with a valid CMU ID. We offer a discounted $20 weekend package that includes all three days in the gym and a ticket for the main show.
Fire Show (Friday Oct 26, 8pm, free)
The fire show will be outside on the school's grounds; it will be canceled or moved in case of heavy rain.
FluggleBurgh Gala Show (Saturday Oct 27, 7pm-9pm, Winchester Thurston -- Auditorium, tickets)
FluggleBurgh Gala Show (10$, free with CMU ID): The Gala show on Saturday will be at Winchester Thurston as well. It will feature juggling, flow, acro, and clowning acts. The lineup will include O’Ryan McGowan-Arrowroot (MC, Professional Weirdo), Steven Doutt (juggling), Andrea Noel (clowning), Jonah Digirolamo (multi staff), Danny Goldburgh (rope dart), and Jerimiah Jacobs (poi, clubs and hoops, manipulation).
Show tickets can be bought online, in the gym during the festival, or at the door for $10 (cash only); entrance is free with a valid CMU ID as long as tickets are available. Doors open 30 min before the show.
Saturday Nov 11, 2-4pm: Beginner workshops
Sunday Nov 12, 1pm: Games
We will have beginner workshops (no prior experience required, open to the general public) throughout the weekend with most of them around Saturday 2-4pm (yellow in the schedule).
Gym and Fireshow Winchester Thurston School: 555 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Parking is available on school grounds. The festival is in the school's gym and can be accessed from the parking lot. The school is in the heart of Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood and close to numerous bus stops (including 28X, P1, 71A-D, 75). There are many restaurants nearby, many of them in nearby Walnut Street. There are numerous hotels nearby; for more budget-friendly places to stay look at AirBnB or look for hotels in the outskirts of town toward Monroeville or toward the airport.
We greatly appreciate the sponsorship from the CMU Student Dormitory Council (SDC) and CMU Division of Student Affairs (DOSA). All activities are free for CMU students.