Press release from the Asheville Juggling Festival:
Jugglers from all around will once again come together and attempt to defy gravity at the 9th annual Asheville Juggling Festival. The festival is free and open to the public, with a large indoor juggling space, variety shows, workshops, and a “Construction Zone” where the non-juggler can receive instruction from a seasoned practitioner on the basics of three-ball juggling.
The festival kicks off on Friday, Sept. 27, from 6-9 p.m. at the Stephens-Lee Community Center, located at 30 George Washington Carver in Asheville. It continues from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the same location, and will include numerous workshops ranging from beginner to advanced skill levels, covering a variety of props.
One of the highlights of the festival is the Saturday Evening Variety Extravaganza, which will be taking place at Rainbow Community Center, located at 60 State St. in West Asheville. This all-ages, family-friendly show will feature numerous juggling and variety acts from both local and national talents. This year’s headliner is Geoff Marsh, a fun and energetic entertainer that has won both the International Jugglers Association Busking Competition and the People’s Choice Award. In addition to Geoff, Asheville’s own Tom “Professor Whizzpop” Hughes will be our Master of Ceremonies, bringing his unique blend of comedy and magic to the stage. The doors open to the public at 7 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m., and the cost is a $10 suggested donation (but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds).
On Friday evening, a free “Renegade” show will take place at Sly Grog Lounge at 271 Haywood Street at 10:30 p.m. This show is a type of “open stage” for performers to try new material and expand the boundaries of their craft. This show is recommended for audiences 18+.
The Asheville Juggling Festival is a not-for-profit event put on by the Asheville based juggling troupe, Forty Fingers & A Missing Tooth. Their mission with this festival is to share their passion of juggling and object manipulation, providing a fun environment that people can share and learn new skills. Learn more at www.ashevillejugglingfestival.com.