The National Circus Festival (formerly the Mullum Circus Festival) today announced its return in 2022, to be hosted from September 26 – October 2 at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds. To celebrate its return, the festival today revealed that it will become the first event in the NSW Northern Rivers to host The Famous Spiegeltent.

The Famous Spiegeltent, the most beautiful and original of the last remaining Belgian Spiegeltents, is a unique travelling venue that has made regular appearances at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. It has hosted some of the world’s greatest performing artists, including German singer Marlene Dietrich, who famously performed “Falling in Love Again” during the 1930s.

As part of the National Circus Festival, the Famous Spiegeltent will bring excitement and colour to a region that has been through COVID Shutdowns and once in a lifetime floods over recent months. A venue for book readings, cabaret, new works, musicians and kids’ shows, the Spiegeltent will be a place to bring the community together to celebrate and connect.

National Circus Festival’s General Manager and Creative Producer, Alice Cadwell, said that although the community has been through so much over the recent year, the festival will be a beacon of light for those in the region.

“It’s been a long 12 months for the Northern Rivers and National Circus Festival. The festival was cancelled due to COVID in 2021 and then ravaged by the Northern NSW floods in February 2022, which saw its home at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds, including storage sheds and training facilities, inundated with up to a metre of muddy water.” Said Ms Cadwell

“Three months on from the floods and countess helping hands and a whole community behind us and the National Circus Festival is preparing to deliver another amazing festival of circus from September 26 – October 2 and we are excited to see the community come together and celebrate with us!”

The National Circus Festival hosts a dual program with two distinct streams, including a four-day National Training Program from September 26 – 29, assembling the nation’s best performers in one location to collaborate, trial new shows and develop existing works.

Following the training program, the weekend of September 30 – October 2 will see the festival go into full swing, with a program of more than 100 events set to take the five stages over the three-day event.

To celebrate its return in 2022 festival organisers have announced a limited run of early bird tickets available via the National Circus Festival website –

National Training Program
Monday 26 – Thursday 29 September

Festival Weekend
Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October
Mullumbimby Showground, NSW

For further information and tickets: