Performer - Joe Ferguson - Fire Whip Cracking
Stephanie McWilliams
17 Sep 2021
29 Oct 2021
Yorkshire Circus Fire Jam: Performers + Twirlers Only
Adults only
Event organiser:
Open Source Arts

Calling all fire twirlers! Yorkshire Circus and Open Source Arts are offering a new opportunity for fire and light twirlers of all abilities to get out, rehearse their skills and be a part of the fantastic circus community.

We are super excited about being able to move forward with our community activities, we have released a new batch of training evenings on different days of the week throughout September and October that are open to performers and individuals to come train any fire and LED related shenanigans.

Please note this is not an instructor led session or performance. This will be an open session for fire and light twirlers only, allowing performers to continue training, try new moves and develop new routines in a space without the pressure of an audience. If you are a fire twirler that has been many times before, or a new member of our community we want you to feel welcome and included. Please feel free to ask us any questions either by email, phone, or by speaking to our team around on the night. Our team has a wide variety of circus knowledge and experience, from 10+ years as performers to just starting their journey. We are all there to help each other and hope to see you there!

We are asking attendees to please plan to walk or cycle to Open Source Arts when attending our events. Not only is it friendlier to our environment and less disruptive. We also will have extremely limited parking on site due to our new layout, we hope to reserve the parking spots available for those with additional accessibility requirements, so please be respectful of that before planning your trip.

Please also respect other attendees whilst in attendance, sanitize on arrival and be kind and welcoming to all who attend. We will be asking everyone that visits Open Source Arts to please sign in at our desk which will be at the front door.

If you plan to come and perform fire or any other circus fun then we please ask that you fill out one of our disclaimers below BEFORE attending and email along with any relevant personal insurance documents you have personally to our CIrcus Development Officer Joe on

Performer DIsclaimer:

Fire twirling is dangerous. By coming to this space, we expect you to be respectful, safe and careful, to yourself, others and the environment. You will be responsible for your own activity here, and you take part at your own risk. Our safety crew and fire marshalls will be on hand and brief you with all the important stuff, they are also there to answer your questions so please don’t be shy they don’t bite (mostly)

If you have any questions or queries in the meantime please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. We can’t wait to see you all again and hope you are excited as we are to be back practicing twirling fire together again under the night sky.

FAQ’s for Performers:

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Please make sure if you plan to practice with your fire props you fill out the disclaimer below before attending Fire Jam and send any relevant insurance documentation you may have to our Circus Development Officer Joe -

What should I bring with me?

Please make sure you bring all fire equipment you intend to use on the night, your own fuel and containers to dip your equipment. PLEASE NOTE: we are unable to provide any containers or fuel so please make sure you have everything required to use your props safely. Please also ensure you bring a hot drink and a snack if you like and of course your wonderful self!

What do I do when I arrive?

Once you arrive you will be greeted by one of our fire safety team, they will show you to our dipping area and give you a brief on where to dip, where to spin-off and the safe areas for when you are not twirling. We have two performance areas so there will be plenty of chances for you to practice. Just make sure that you're dipped and have spun-off ready for when someone already performing puts theirs out.

I would like to practice X/Y move that I have never done before…

We ask that all performers follow correct and safe practice whilst attending our fire jams. Please only rehearse moves you are confident with and have either performed on fire previously or un-lit multiple times. Please respect that fire is dangerous and be respectful of yourself, others and the space which you are using. Fire Marshals are there to help if you are unsure of something please contact us before the event or talk to one of our safety team on site.

Can I bring a friend?

Performer-only fire jams are a safe space for new and already established fire performers to practice new routines and material in a situation without a live audience. Having said that if it would make you feel more comfortable to bring along a friend for support or maybe you need help transporting equipment then yes, we want everyone to be comfortable in the setting and will not turn anyone away. But please try and limit extra numbers to these sessions, please see our Open Fire Jams where we open out to the general public and please do invite as many people as you can!

Open Source Arts

Open Source Arts
Unit 1A, Aire Place Mills, 143 Kirkstall Road
United Kingdom

53.801855, -1.571485

    17 Sep 2021 - 29 Oct 2021
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    Fri 29 Oct 2021
    8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Ticket price


    The downstairs level, including toilets, and outdoor space are accessable by wheelchair. The upper level where the dance studio and cafe are situated is not. Upstairs space will not be used for this event

    Wheelchair access

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