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Bath Spa students and Invisible Circus teamed up to create two areas at Boomtown festival

Bath Spa students and circus collective Invisible Circus collaborated to create two areas at Boomtown in August 2018: Oldtown, and the newly devised Paradise Heights.

The project is part of a long-term partnership between Bath Spa and Invisible Circus to create new performance opportunities for students from two of our schools of study: the former College of Liberal Arts (now split between several new schools), which encompassed the fields of music, performance, writing, film, and digital creativity, and Bath Business School.

"Working with Invisible Circus at Boomtown has provided our students with a stepping stone in the professional world of festival production. We delivered an amazing immersive experience that created a true impact at the festival."

Jon Savage, Technical Demonstrator, Bath Spa University

The project

Students of Dance, Acting, Theatre and our Events courses formed part of the Invisible Circus team in both areas, and a University film and photography crew created rich media content for the Boomtown story that characterises each year of the festival.

Our festival partnerships

This collaboration is one of a number. Our partnership with Glastonbury Festival gave Creative Music Technology and Fesitvals and Events students the chance to run the Glade Area under production company Hot Cheeks.

With the aim of springboarding talent into the performance and production sector, such partnerships aim to allow new work to be developed, while producers and artists from each organisation can come together to share expertise, talent and facilities across a range of events.

"The Bath Spa University students were a great asset to our team. They were reliable, dedicated, enthusiastic and positive and an absolute pleasure to work with. Their help was invaluable in delivering what was our most successful and ambitious production at Boomtown to date, and we can't wait to work in collaboration with the team again in the future."

Sarah Fielding, Associate Director, Invisible Circus

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