How do I sign up for paid workshops?
Advanced and professional development workshops are open to both VIVA Fest competitors and members of the general public. You can register for workshops HERE. You will be prompted to pay for your workshop when you register. Registration priority will be given to VIVA Fest competitors. If you have any difficulties signing up for a workshop, please do not hesitate to contact us at: and please title your email WORKSHOP.
Can I get a refund for a cancelled workshop?
If your workshop overlaps your competition time - you will receive a refund for a cancelled workshop. Please contact to confirm cancelation and coordinate reimbursement. Unless you provide VIVA Fest with a medical note, all cancelations for workshops made by after November 1st, 2021 will not be refunded. NOTE any approved cancelations made after November 1st, 2021 (conflict or medical note) will be reimbursed after November 20th, 2021
What is the NOVICE competition category?
This category gives individuals who are 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 piece.
Please note the registration price for novice competitors is reduced as it DOES NOT INCLUDE A REHEARSAL BLOCK. 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 6” and on the aerial silks participants will be required to remain under 18’. Registration includes the same perks offered to all participants which includes a pass to view all daytime competitions, priority paid workshop registration, early registration perk, a free t-shirt, and feedback from 3 judges.
What are the sizes of the stages?
For the 2021 edition of the VIVA Fest, all acts will compete on one half of the large VIVA Fest stage (divided with a curtain). The final schedule will reflect the side of the stage on which you will be competing.
The stage for flying aerial acts is 32' width X 25' depth.
The stage for static aerial acts (aerial silks, aerial rope, and some ground acts) 32' width X 19' depth
Acts that require the use of the full stage for safety reasons (Cyr wheel, German wheel, etc . . ) should note the dimensions of 44' width X 32' depth.
How do I have my equipment inspected and approved?
Please see our rigging guideline page for information regarding equipment inspection and safety.
Do I need to have my coach onstage with me?
If you are 12 years of age and under and you are performing any discipline other than manipulation, you are required to have your coach onstage with you.
If you are under 18 years of age you will need to have a parent, guardian, or coach in the festival tent with you during both your registration and your performance. The VIVA fest will be very strict with backstage passes, your coach MUST be registered with VIVA fest in order to have access to the backstage area during your competition. Please make sure we have your coach’s name and email so that we can ensure to provide them with backstage credentials. If you forgot to include their name on your registration, please email us
Can my coach spot me onstage?
We ENCOURAGE spotting and it will not affect your score when used for safety. Spotting should not be utilized as an aid to complete skills above the participants' current ability.
What is the Pro-Fest - World Circus Arts Championship?
The professional component of the VIVA Fest is a cabaret style show featuring some of the worlds top variety entertainers. They will be competing in the Vegas International Variety Acts Festival. Unlike the novice, student and emerging artist competitions, the Pro-Fest World Circus Arts Championship performers will be selected by the VIVA Fest steering committee. Application for the Pro-Fest will remain open until August 15th, 2021.
Can I perform more than one act?
Yes, you can perform more than one act, however you will need to register accordingly. A discount is available for multiple act registration but each act needs to be registered and paid for individually. The option to register for more than one act is available on the online registration form.
What is early registration?
Early registration allows the festival to plan for a set number of participants months in advance. Early registration perks will be announced soon. The early registration cut off date for the 2021 edition of the festival is August 15th, 2021.
Can I film my act?
If your parents or friends wish to be inside the big top during your performance or rehearsal, they must buy a day pass to attend your performance, they may film and photograph your act. No flash photography will be permitted and filming must only take place within the designated spectator area but professional equipment like tripods IS NOT PERMITTED. Day passes for your guests will be available. Click HERE (after festival) to purchase professionally edited footage of your act available for purchase.
Can my family and friends watch me perform?
Day passes for non-competitors to attend all novice, student, and emerging artist competitions will be available at the entrance of the tent. In and out privileges will be granted to day pass holders. If you are a registered competitor you will be granted access to observe the competitions and rehearsals at no charge, simply present your VIVA Fest badge to access the spectator area. If you loose your badge you will be required to purchase a day pass. A special 'all week access' pass will also be available - this will also grant observation privileges to all workshops.
Can I watch workshops?
Yes, fees for workshop observation will be announced soon.
When can I rehearse my act?
The VIVA Fest will be releasing a tentative rehearsal schedule mid-October, 2021. Every act registered to compete (EXCEPT NOVICE COMPETITORS) at the VIVA Fest will be given a 5 minute rehearsal time slot, there are no exception to this rule.
What is the Pro-Fest World Circus Arts Championship Opening Act?
Every year a school is selected to open the 'PRO-FEST World Circus Arts Championship' show. For more information please contact .