YOUNG STAGE Circus Festival Basel

Messe Basel
19:30 (Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday); 11:00 and 18:00 (Sunday)

The YOUNG STAGE festival is an international circus festival that offers young professional artists from all over the world a platform to present their work to the public, to experts, and to a professional jury, showing them what “contemporary circus” means. It is one of the most important circus festivals worldwide and the largest in Switzerland. YOUNG STAGE stands for a new, innovative, contemporary circus, which is becoming more and more popular in Switzerland. It is well known for its world-class performances, for a contemporary show that rocks, for its hospitality, and for the professional organization.
For this 13th edition, performed at the Eventhalle at Messe Basel, 14 acts from nearly a dozen countries—including France, USA, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, Russia, Finland, Great Britain, Japan, and Austria—were invited after a rigorous selection process. They will proudly present a variety of acts, including aerial straps, duo Cyr wheel, Chinese pole, slack wire, antipodism & foot juggling, juggling, diabolo, hand-to-trapeze, yo-yo performance, hand-to-hand, hand-to-hand & Icarian Games, and double Korean cradle.
The young artists perform their acts in each of the six shows: the premiere on Friday night (19:30), a show on Saturday night (19:30), a matinée (11:00) and a late-afternoon show (18:00) on Sunday, a show on Monday evening (19:30), and the final show on Tuesday evening (19:30) that ends with the presentation of the awards and prizes (monetary prizes as well as engagements in well-known circuses and variety- and TV-shows). This last presentation is an exciting mix of energy and emotion as it culminates in life-changing awards for many of the young artists, but be aware that because of the award presentation, it will last about an hour longer than the other shows.
In addition to the competition for young professional artists, a national circus convention, an open-air circus spectacle, and a circus parcours for kids will take place again this year on May 21 and 22.
Tickets for the evening shows are CHF 49–82 (students get a 10% discount when ordering by email at; tickets for the matinée are CHF 38–66 for adults and CHF 19–39 for children up to age 12.


Messe Basel
Messeplatz 10
4005 Basel

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