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 August 15th, 2021 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

-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)