How do I sign up to compete as a novice, student, or emerging artist at VIVA Fest 2019?


Click here to register as a novice competitor

Click here to register as a student competitor

Click here to register as an emerging artist 

Please note you will receive a confirmation email from VIVA fest once you have registered. If you do not receive a confirmation email after registering, please contact us  check your junk mail.



How do I sign up for free workshops?


You have access to some free workshops that are included in your registration fee and have been co-ordinated by the festival. You will receive an email notification once registration for free workshops opens. Free workshops are only open to registered VIVA Fest competitors. 



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. You must first create a workshop profile, cancel your workshop online and then please contact to confirm cancelation and coordinate reimbursement. IF YOU DO NOT CANCEL YOUR WORKSHOP ONLINE before contacting us we can not issue a refund. Unless you provide VIVA Fest with a medical note, all cancelations for workshops made by after March 31st, 2020 will not be refunded. NOTE any approved cancelations made after March 31st, 2020 will be reimbursed after April 15th, 2020. 


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 still includes the same perks offered to all participants which includes a pass to view all daytime competitions, some free workshops, priority paid workshop registration, early registration free ticket, a free t-shirt, and feedback from 3 judges. 




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 - A Night of Circus Stars?

The professional festival will be 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 performers will be selected by the VIVA Fest steering committee. Application for the Pro-Fest will remain open until Jan 15th, 2020.



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. for this reason, we offer all early registrants one free ticket to the Pro-Fest competition. The early registration date for the 2020 edition of the festival is January 15th, 2020.


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 cost $15 per day for the competitions and $5 per day for rehearsals. Click HERE for 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 for $20 per day for competitions and $5 per day for rehearsals. 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 is available for $55 this will also grant observation privileges to all workshops.

Can I watch workshops?

You can observe a workshop for $10 or you can get an unlimited observation pass to all workshops for $30. 



When can I rehearse my act?

The VIVA Fest will be releasing a tentative rehearsal schedule at the end of February, 2020. 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. School blocks (applies only to individuals registered by their coach via roster) will be scheduled on the FIRST day of the festival which is April 7th, 2020, if you are a coach/studio owner and you are not able to have all your students onsite on the first day of the festival, you SHOULD NOT schedule a group rehearsal. You can not request a partial school rehearsal block.


What is a school block rehearsal?


A school block rehearsal is a time slot allowing all students from one circus school to rehearse at the same time regardless of their competition category. School block times are calculated at a rate of 5 minutes per act (a school with 8 acts would be given a 40 minute rehearsal block). As a head coach or studio owner, we encourage you to seriously prepare your rehearsal schedule by ensuring you group together all students performing in the same discipline and prioritize acts that you feel require additional rehearsal time. Please note during a school block it will be YOUR responsibility as a school owner to make sure you rehearse all your students within your allocated block - you will be asked to leave the stage as soon as your scheduled rehearsal time is up. NOTE if you have NOVICE students registered in your school block we will not be giving them a 5 minute slot in your total calculated rehearsal block - it will be left to the discretion of the school as to whether or not you find time for them to rehearse.


The school block also allows for a school to give certain acts more rehearsal time as they see fit (e.g. your aerial silk student is confident and the rig closely resembles what they are accustomed to using at their studio; you give them a 3 minute slot and you allocate the extra 2 minutes to a student who needs more time accommodating their Cyr wheel act to the dimensions of the stage).



What is the Pro-Fest Opening Act competition?


The pro-fest opening act competition is a group act competition that will be scheduled on the FIRST competition day of the festival. The winning group act will be selected to open the 'PRO-FEST A Night of Circus Stars'  professional show. For more information and rules regarding the competition and to sign up, please see the OPENING ACT COMPETITION sign up page. 

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