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Review: Melbourne International Arts Festival's Lexicon Circus

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A family circus adventure in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne

The following review is written by Jen Gurney.

The Melbourne International Arts Festival closes this Sunday.

A popular family event at the Festival - Lexicon Circus by UKs NoFit State also finishes on Sunday. We sent Jen along to review the show.

Lexicon Circus image c/o Mark Robson


Lexicon is a celebration of the past, present and future of circus - a world of magic and laughter inhabited by quiet misfits and furious poetry. Filled with all the circus treats you know and love such as jugglers, unicyclists, popcorn stands, aerial flyers, acrobats and more!

Lexicon Circus at the Royal Botanical Gardens


When I think of the circus I am reminded of fond Childhood memories of my Grandparents taking myself and my brother to see The Big Top. Although being a child of the 80's, I was unsure what a modern (animal free) circus would involve.

In between downpours of rain my family and I walked up to the Royal Botanical Gardens to a grand looking silver big top and an accordion player. Without any doubt we had arrived at the circus.

Welcome to the circus

The seating was not allocated. However, thanks to the well thought out seating plan, three rows of staggered seats circling the whole of the performance area, every seat had a VIP view.

About 10 minutes before the performance was due to start, some of the circus performers started to interact with different members of the audience. One was even throwing popcorn into the mouths of willing volunteers - which I must add is a lot harder to do than it looks!

The band started to play and the performers took the audience on a bohemian acrobatical journey. A mesmerising adventure filled with trapeze artists, fire jugglers, tight rope walkers, comedy, drama, music ..the list goes on and on. The whole audience was treated to an afternoon of incredible talent, skill, strength and energy. Lexicon really brought a piece of magic to everyone in that room.

With only one more show remaining and tickets still available, why not treat your family to the splendour that only the big top is able to bring.

The show runs for 2hrs15 mins with an interval. The bar inside the Lexicon Big Top is open 45 minutes prior to the performance: head in, grab a drink and get to your seat ahead of a thrilling afternoon of acrobatics and circus wonder.

Melbourne International Arts Festival's Lexicon Circus

Where: Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne
When: 3 - 21 October, 2018
Book: Here

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