This category gives individuals new to circus a platform to compete in the festival. The maximum routine limit is 3 minutes but we encourage participants to perform a shorter routine if they do not have enough material to fill their slot or if they do not yet have the stamina to perform a 3 minute act.


Please note the registration price is reduced as it DOES NOT INCLUDE A REHEARSAL BLOCK. For the novice category participants will not be permitted to include motor lift cues in their routine; their acts must remain static. On the aerial hoop participants will only be lifted to a height that allows their feet to clear the mat by no more than 6”. On the aerial silks participants will be required to remain under 18’ for the duration of their routine.

(see example Novice category routines in video below)

Paid registrations received before January 15th, 2022 will receive 1 free ticket to the Pro Fest Competition.  

All competitors receive:

VIVA Fest T-shirt

Priority access to paid workshops

Ticket to Pro Fest (early registrants only)

Personalized feedback from 3 judges

THE VIVA FEST ORGANIZATION BELIEVES IN THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF THE COVID 19 VACCINES. In the coming months we expect vaccines to be accessible and authorized for everyone 5 years of age and over. FOR THE SAFETY of the VIVA Fest staff and participants, VACCINATION WILL BE MANDATORY FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS. Details on how to register your vaccination card will be available in January 2022.

-Novice competitors are allowed a maximum performance time of 3 minutes

-Participants will not be penalized if they do not use their full allotted performance slots

-In Novice, only solos are permitted in the following disciplines: Aerial Hoop, Aerial Silks, Juggling, Contortion, Object Manipulation)