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Open Fire Jam

June 26, 2021 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Hello all you wonderful circus folk! We are super happy to announce that on Saturday, June 26th we will be hosting our first open fire jam of 2021! As restrictions continue to lift it is time for our wonderful fire twirling and wider circus community to come together, enjoy a night of fire twirling under the beautiful night sky and share in the love of all things circus. Everyone at Open Source Arts and Yorkshire Circus are proud to bring a new opportunity for fire and light twirlers of all abilities to get out, show their skills and be a part of the fantastic circus community.

We have worked hard to make these open fire jams more enjoyable, safe and accessible than before. We will have not one but two fire performance areas for people to enjoy and show their skills as well as a whole new LED + Glow props ‘have-a-go’ area.

Of course, we are super excited about being able to move forward with our community activities, however, we must also do what we can to keep each other safe. We do ask that if you plan on attending this event to please check in with our safety team on arrival, and either sign-in with NHS Test + Trace or fill out a manual slip with your contact information. Information regarding the use of masks is dependent on the government guidance that is applicable at the time, if we receive any update we will make sure to let you all know! Full information of how we are ensuring our fire jam sessions are as COVID secure as possible can be found on our risk assessment. (link: https://opensourcearts.co.uk/covid-19/covid-19-safety-measures/)

We are asking attendees to please plan to walk or cycle to Open Source Arts when attending our events. Not only is it friendlier to our environment and less disruptive. We also will have extremely limited parking on site due to our new layout, parking spots are only available for those with additional accessibility needs so please be respectful of that before planning your trip. 

The event is using our Collaborative Finance Model!

Collaborating, also known as open sourcing, involves making the source code (of some instructions or design) accessible to anyone to use, modify and take inspiration from, according to what they wish to do! We believe money is a resource, and like other resources, the way it is used defines the impact it creates. We want to pay people properly for their time and keep money flowing in our community.

£30p/hr space hire and venue manager x 2: £60

£10/hr admin, marketing, space prep, insurance: £60

Total: £120

To make this activity start to become sustainable for all who are involved, if 12 people come, that divides to £10 each, or £5/hr. If 20 people come, this divides to £6 each, or £3/hr.

Now you know how much it costs for this activity, it is entirely up to you how much you wish to contribute!

If you plan to come for the first time and perform fire or any other circus fun then we please ask that you fill out one of our disclaimers (Link:  https://forms.gle/ftoPaytNrLkqmtx79) BEFORE attending.

Fire twirling is dangerous. By coming to this space, we expect you to be respectful, safe and careful, to yourself, others and the environment. You will be responsible for your own activity here, and you take part and watch at your own risk. Our safety crew and fire marshals will be on hand and brief you with all the important stuff, they are also there to answer your questions so please don’t be shy they don’t bite (mostly)

If you have any questions or queries in the meantime please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. We can’t wait to see you all again and hope you are excited as we are to be back twirling fire under the night sky.


FAQ’s for Spectators.

Do I need to bring anything with me?
Please, non-alcoholic refreshments will be available from our cafe, any light or glow props that you may want to bring and twirl. Please try and bring only essential things so we can keep the amount of bags and equipment to a minimum.

What do we do when we arrive?
When you arrive you will be greeted by a member of our safety crew who will give you a quick brief and show you to our seating area. 

When can I get up to move around?
If you need to use the toilet or order from the bar, please head inside following the path marked for spectators and not through the performance area or dipping space. If you want to have a go with some of your glow props then you can follow the path behind the seating to all the flashing pretty lights!

If you have any questions not answered above please don’t hesitate to get in contact with one of our team: hello@yorkshirecircus.co.uk 

FAQ’s for Performers:

What do I need to do before I arrive?
Please make sure if you plan to perform or practice with your fire props you fill out the disclaimer (Link: https://forms.gle/ftoPaytNrLkqmtx79) before attending Fire Jam.

What should I bring with me?
Please make sure you bring all fire equipment you intend to use on the night, your own fuel and containers to dip your equipment. PLEASE NOTE: we are unable to provide any containers or fuel so please make sure you have everything required to use your props safely. Please also ensure you bring a mask and of course your wonderful self!

What do I do when I arrive?
When you arrive you head over to the desk by the front door,  you will be greeted by a member of our safety team who will give you a quick brief and show you where you can set up your equipment. Once there one of our fire marshals will go over where to dip, where to spin-off and rules for going on + off stage. Please note: if you are not performing or dipping equipment then please grab a seat in the spectator area so we can keep the dipping areas as clear as possible.

What do I do when it’s my turn to prepare and perform?
We are trying to keep the foot traffic of performers in the backstage area to a minimum. Please only prepare one piece of equipment at a time. If you are performing multiple props please let our fire marshalls know and we will arrange for you to have more time as the evening progresses. Preferably have your fuel labeled with your name, as this will be kept backstage with one of our fire marshalls. Once you have finished dipping your equipment please spin-off and place equipment on the ‘ready’ towels provided, decant any unused fuel back into its container and return your fuel to the fire marshalls.

I would like to practice X/Y move that I have never done before…
We ask that all performers follow correct and safe practices whilst attending our fire jams. Please only rehearse moves you are confident with and have either performed on fire previously or un-lit multiple times. The LED area is perfect for practicing new moves in a safer manner! Please respect that fire is dangerous and be respectful of yourself, others and the space which you are using. Fire Marshals are there to help if you are unsure of something please contact us before the event or talk to one of our safety team.


June 26, 2021
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Event Category:


Yorkshire Circus
0113 246 8975
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Open Source Arts
Unit 1A, Aire Place Mills, 143 Kirkstall Road
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS3 1JL United Kingdom
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0113 246 8975
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