Thursday, November 25, 2010

New documents for the bright future of MJC

Lots of work is being done to create strong foundations for the event into the future... here are some important guidelines we are putting into place:

Core Values:

Accessibility - Allow access to those who wish to experience all that MJC has to offer
Open - Operate with an open mind and be available for conversation, discussion, ideas or feedback
Connect - Foster connection within circus and the wider community on all levels
Honesty - Always speak the truth
Ethical - Treat others with the respect they deserve; treat others as you like to be treated yourself

Core Purpose:
Melbourne Juggling Convention is an annual event which aims to connect people with like minds and comparable interests within circus arts and physical theatre. Priding itself on broad accessibility, Melbourne Juggling Convention ensures that people of any age, background, ability and creed have access to and can benefit from all that the Convention offers. Through the common goal of learning, creating, experimenting and collaborating, the Convention inspires people to develop new skills for themselves, new connections with others and to hone their abilities within the world of performance. Through its assistance to individuals in developing their skills and connecting with peers, the Melbourne Juggling Convention also provides the broader arts sector with new artists and facilitators who have fresh ideas and a serious passion for working within the industry.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Post event wrap up

Without a doubt MJC2010 was a massive hit!
Thank you to the guests that put in hours and hours of their energy to make it happen:
Adrian Kirk, Ben Bryant, Bob Carr and Kim Potter.
To Luth Wolff for stepping into the role of 2IC. Without you, it simply wouldn't work.
To the numerous volunteers behind the scenes making bunting, signage, passes, the lamination station and the hours spent during the event making everything happen. By everything, I mean EVERYTHING!
To the Public Show crew - Ele, Dan, James, Cian, Adam, Luth. What a stonking great show!
To all the fabulous participants for coming and supporting the event, attending & running workshops, clapping, shouting and laughing during the shows.
To the participants of the Act Devising Program. Whether or not you performed in the Creative Edge, your enthusiasm has meant that the ADP will be available as part of MJC2011!!! This is a huge development for MJC and the future!
Thanks also goes to Little Devils Recreation for their continued and most valued support.

As a result of the AGM on Monday 20th September, we now have a 20-strong team of people based around Melbourne, Australia and the world. With Christian in Tasmania, running the event will be absolutely possible now. Thank you to each of you who put your name down to be a part of MJC2011.

Lastly, be sure to check out the new video - Christian Parr (Artistic Director) interviewed on JJJ, plus photographic highlights.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Press press press!

MJC is HOT on the PRESS.

Jugglers throw a party
IT might be an ancient skill but juggling is experiencing somewhat of a revival thanks to modern technology. The artistic director of the four-day Melbourne Juggling Convention Christian Parr (right) said juggling aficionados are learning new tricks off internet sites such as Youtube and Facebook. ''You just keep adding to your repertoire and then you want to learn new tricks.'' The convention drew more than 300 aspiring and accomplished jugglers from the age of six to in their 60s at Collingwood College yesterday. ''They are all here in the name of fun,'' Parr said.

JJJ interview with The Doctor

ABC Radio National - 774
Saturday Breakfast with Hilary Harper

Friday, September 3, 2010

Latest news update...

Exciting new developments for MJC 2010:
  • Stage in the small gym for the Couch Shows (Fri/Sun), Creative Edge Show (Sat), comes complete with colourful lights too!!!
  • Object Manipulation Research Lab, Saturday and Sunday!
  • Unique hand-printed passes for every participant.
  • Juggling Olympics banned! So we changed the name to Juggling Games instead (phew!)
  • Lentils serving meat dishes as well as veggies.
  • Look out for the fabulous hand-made bunting all over the place!
  • Environmentally friendly prizes for the Juggling Games
  • Act Devising Program - over 40 participants enrolled!
  • THREE bands playing at the not-so-secret after party on Monday night!
OH YEAH, get ready for the biggest bestest juggling event to date!

Monday, August 23, 2010

The photos speak for themselves. Our community is full of amazing generous people with much love for the world of throwing, catching, rolling, spinning, burning, twirling, isolating, bouncing, balancing, and other manipulations of objects. Thank you to all 17 people who attended this working bee.
Pictures taken by Christian Parr (in no particular order): Anna with her Pavlova; Briar working hard in the station of lamination; Ele and Lisa waiting patiently for soup; Staja, Cassie and Angela admiring the Dahl; Bob passing clubs behind the bunting; Nora fixing up the signs from last year;

Friday, August 20, 2010

Working bee #2 - food and jobs menu!

Jobs menu:
  • Finish off making the bunting
  • Make the 4th day of passes
  • Laminate signs
  • Laminate missing show tickets
  • Draw up workshop boards
  • Cut laminated signs
  • Having fun with the other awesome people
Food menu:
  • Carrot and ginger soup
  • Dahl
  • Quinoa rice
  • Salad
  • Bread
  • Dips
  • Cakes
  • Biscuits
  • Nuts

Friday, August 6, 2010

Working bee a success!

Eleven people attended, we ate and were very merry! 50m of bunting created, next bee is in a couple of weeks when we plan to make another 150m bunting, finish off the hand-printed passes, make the workshop boards and tie up any loose ends! Sounds like a whole lot of fun to me!

Pre-reg closed

Pre-registration has closed for 2010. You can still buy tickets online at the website, and this year you can pre-order your accompanying adult passes, show tickets and daily passes. CLICK HERE to purchase yours!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Flyers sent to print!

MJC flyers will be printed early next week... get in touch if you are able to distribute some to your networks, we'll send you a handful.

The convention strives to do things sustainably, the flyers are therefore printed on 100% recycled paper using vegetable based inks.

The flyers can be used to make a postal payment with cheque or postal order, and can be downloaded by clicking the image... print, fill out and post with payment. =:o)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

MJC Public Show - EOI for Acts

Two weeks left for MJC Public Show act proposals. Email your performance details to by the end of the month to be included in the selection process!

Friday, June 11, 2010

MJC Blog up and away!

Here it is... the brand spanking new MJC blog, for the most up-to-date info on your favourite juggling event!
More posts soon!