Festival Info

March 10, 2013

General Information

MadSkillz Vancouver is hosting its 7th annual Flow, Juggle and Spin festival June 23-26th, 2016 with all ages workshops and games at CircusWest on the PNE grounds.

This year will feature three big shows: the Emerging Artist Showcase, featuring some of Vancouver’s best up and coming talent; the Renegade Show, a 19+ event where artists try out their more risqué acts, not yet ready for the main stage; and our largest Gala Show ever on Saturday June 25th, 2016 at the York Theatre featuring some of Vancouver’s finest performers and a few special international guests.

This show will delight, confound, and amaze the crowd with spectacular feats of prop manipulation, circus arts and more!

As with every year, 2016 will include a Prop Battle on Thursday night at CircusWest. Be sure to bring your props and dancing shoes for a night of fun and an amazing display of some hidden talent in the circus community.

Day Passes – Adults: $35, Kids 12 & Under: $17.50
Full Festival Pass – Adults: $100, Kids 12 & Under: $50

Gala Show Tickets – Adults: $24, Kids 12 & Under: $17

Dates:CircusWest logo

Thursday June 23     6:00pm – 11:00pm Open Gym @ CircusWest followed by Prop/Dance Battle 8:00pm

Friday June 24     10:45am – 7:00pm Workshops @ CircusWest, 8:00pm Emerging Artist Showcase @ Circus West, 10:30pm Renegade Show @ Croatian Cultural Centre

Saturday June 25     10:45am – 7:00pm Workshops @ CircusWest, 8:30pm Gala Event at The York Theatre, 11:30pm Late Night Jam @ CircusWest

Sunday June 26 10:45am – 5:00pm Workshops/Games @ CircusWest, 3:00pm Raffle Draw




Due to unplanned maintenance, the PNE will not be opening parking gates PNE Map2 and 15 during the MadSkillz festival. Instead, drivers should use gates 6 or 9 at the north-east and north-west corners of the PNE grounds, and then navigate their way down to the parking lot behind CircusWest (see big map below).

Driving to CircusWest? Go north on Renfrew from Hastings and turn right using Gate 6 into the PNE grounds. Continue down Miller Dr., past the race track and turn into the large parking lot on your right. From here you should be able to turn right out the far side of the parking lot, taking the next left into the parking lot behind CircusWest. Parking space is very limited, be prepared to walk from one of the more distant lots, or use the lot across Hastings from Gate 15.

Bussing to CircusWest? Take Transit to “The PNE”, get off at the corner of Renfrew and Hastings, then use Gate 1 to stroll to the Garden Auditorium building – the entrance faces the administration building next door!


The Croatian Cultural Centre Friday night’s Renegade Show at 3250 Commercial Drive

The York Theatre Saturday night’s Gala Show at 639 Commercial Drive



Year One: June 11-13, 2010

Our first year saw attendees gather at the WISE hall on Friday for work2010 Workshop on Table Jugglingshops and the traditional Renegade show later that evening, then we headed out to the Student Union Building at UBC for Saturday and Sunday. Workshops filled the Ballroom and other spaces throughout the venue, including table juggling in the courtyard!


The Rio Theatre hosted our Gala show on Saturday night, where we filled the seats with festival participants and members of the general public who were ready to be entertained by our lineup of local and international guests. Read the Vancouver Sun article here.

Again, only Better! June 22-24, 2011

We found our perfect match for a daytime venue at CircusWest on the PNE grounds. Already used for circus traAriel performs in 2011ining, their space and layout suited our needs perfectly, and three days of workshops and Open Gym time filled the gym, stage and hallways.


Friday night’s Renegade Show took place in the hotel across the street from the PNE forums, and while we had tried to prepare our hosts for the style of entertainment expected at a Renegade Show, concerns expressed by hotel guests cut our evening slightly short! Saturday’s Gala show at the Russian Hall included some spectacular carnival-style sideshow acts along with our beloved prop manipulators and flow artists.

Third Time is the Charm: June 22-24, 2012

This year we added a new venue: the Sideshow Studios! Several members of the Madskillz crew had gotten together to lease this wonderful space, and it now features special events and weekly prop jams throughout the year. Friday night started with a potluck dinner and socializing time for festival particMadskillz Vancouver Workshopsipants, followed by a brilliant Youth Showcase that featured a number of performers from the CircusWest school, and then our beloved Renegade show was able to go wild and crazy at Sideshow.


Back at CircusWest for workshops, this year’s record number of attendees filled the space to its farthest corners for classes and Open Gym time. Saturday’s Gala Show was 19+ event at the WISE hall, and we ran into unfortunate technical glitches in our attempts to livestream the event back to CircusWest for our younger participants. Lesson learned, we now prioritize all-ages venues!

Year Four, on the floor! June 20-23, 2013

New features in 2013 included a Fire Gala on Friday at the plaza in Athletes Village followed by a dance and prop battle at Sideshow, and then a pancake breakfast on the PNE grounds with an open air jam in the morning sunshine!

Thursday night kicked off the festival with a potluck dinner and social before the lovely Emerging Artists Showcase and the hysterical adults-only Renegade Show. Saturday’s Gala Show at the Russian Hall featured spectacular performances from local and international artists, and the late night afterparty saw attendees playing into the wee hours at CircusWest. The event wrapped up with Sunday’s games, raffle draws and a long running session of volleyclub by the jugglers.

More recent history coming soon!