Count Down To The British Juggling Convention 2012



The British Juggling Convention celebrates its 25th birthday by the seaside in Southend. As usual we’re brimming with excitement and we hope you are too. We’ve been snooping around the BJC 2012’s website and Facebook page to see what they’ve got lined up for us this year.


As normal there will be a whole host of traders there, including us, to show off their gear. If you would like us to bring anything specific for you to have a look at then drop us a line via the contact page.


One of the most exciting things about this year’s event is the return of the parade. The team this year have secured the council’s permission for 100s of jugglers to march through the streets of Southend-on-Sea in the lead up to the juggling games to be held in the town centre. The parade is always loads of fun and it’s great to be able to say thanks to the public of the host town by treating them to this spectacle.


To celebrate the BJC’s maturity there will be a special exhibition of all the BJC’s gone by. The team are busy amassing stories, old passes, t-shirts, photos and video of the convention’s 25 year history. If you’ve got anything you’d like to contribute you can contact the team via the official website or their Facebook page.


Of course, there will be a vast array of workshops to attend. Many, many skills at all levels will be catered for and the list is already starting to look mouth-wateringly good with many more to be added once the convention starts. Here’s a taster of what’s in store, check out the BJC workshop page for more:


- Jon Peat is running a beginner three ball workshop.

- Rueben is running a series of more advanced ball juggling workshops including Mess Variations and Box Variations.

- Club juggling workshops are being organised by Passout, the international passing convention.

- There are some extra special guests to run diabolo workshops too. Marko and Samuli from Finland and have both been successful in Finnish diabolo contests. Ken Carlile and Ceri-Anne Van De Geer are also running interesting diabolo sessions.

- Robbert Hu is set to provide instruction on beginner’s contact juggling and body rolls.

- Chazz Parham is teaching basic and intermediate contact staff.

- Joff Jarrett-Kerr is running an all levels poi workshop on “silly” tricks, which sounds like fun to us!

- As usual Pete Gamble is running whip workshops.

- Other interesting workshops include: cigar boxes, string tricks, board games, ukulele, origami, yoga and photographing jugglers.


The British Young Juggler of the Year (BYJotY) competition returns for its eighth year. This is always an amazing opportunity to see the best British jugglers of tomorrow (and in some cases today these nippers are so good!) But will anyone secure a Gold Award this year? Other prizes include silver and bronze award and the judges’ choice.


There will be a few smaller shows at this year’s event including an Open Show filling the gap between Renegade-style acts and gala show acts. The gala show for this year looks amazing already. Compered by Donald Grant and Luke Wilson the show will include juggling greats like:


- Gandini Juggling!!!! Check out their videos.

- Tony Pezzo, an IJA Individual Champion and he’s only 18 years-old!

- Françoise Rochais, one of the world’s best female jugglers having won many accolades including an IJA Gold Medal, an Award of Excellence and a Guinness World Record.

- Tigris – technical and acrobatic hula hoop with added contortion. To quote the BJC website: “Hula hoop in its most masculine, and coolest, form!”


Of course, there are more acts to be announced but we reckon the line-up is already looking pretty sweet. Keep your eyes on the BJC 2012 website for more details.


If that’s not enough to get your convention juices flowing I don’t know what is! We can’t wait to see you all there – and remember to give us a shout if you want us to bring any specific props for you to look at.