Established in 2013, Le Cirque de la Nuit / Cirque Nuit Arts Foundation is Western Canada’s leading non-profit Circus and Performing Arts organization, bringing to life the spectacular world of the night circus! Specializing in innovative performance productions and events that provide inclusive, immersive and inspiring entertainment experiences for audiences while providing a supportive, collaborative artistic platform for creativity, growth and employment to emerging and professional artists working in or supporting the circus arts locally and across Western Canada.
We are committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in circus arts and entertainment with our innovative and immersive, multi-dimensional performances and event productions that are designed to be more than just entertainment; they are awe-inspiring experiences that stay with you long after the final curtain call. Our talented artists bring their skills to life in a way that is theatrical, immersive, and unforgettable, pairing perfectly with our elaborate themes and storylines, intricate costumes, stunning set designs, and innovative special effects and props to create a world of wonder and intrigue!
For the last decade, we have produced more than 25 distinct Cirque Nuit events and bespoke performance productions, entertaining a diverse range of audiences at various Festivals, fundraising galas, corporate events, nightlife soirées and conventions throughout Canada.
In 2020, Le Cirque de la Nuit (LCDLN) embarked on a transformative journey towards becoming a non-profit organization to better support the needs of our local circus arts community. By March 2021, this transformation led to the birth of the Cirque Nuit Arts Foundation (CNAF), which now serves as the primary governing body for our beloved Le Cirque de la Nuit brand. CNAF is dedicated to providing an all-embracing, sustainable platform for community, creativity, growth and opportunity to artists working in or supporting the Circus arts both locally and throughout Western Canada.
The impact of Covid-19 in 2020 significantly reduced all operations for LCDLN, leaving us uncertain about the future market for events and performance opportunities. The fear that our artists would not have enough employment opportunities to continue their path in the Circus Arts was overwhelming. As a leader in the Circus arts community, we realized the need to inspire hope and stability for the future of our industry and the arts community.
Our mission at Cirque Nuit Arts Foundation (CNAF) is twofold: to provide continual performance opportunities for artists working in or supporting the circus arts to learn, practice, collaborate and grow their talents professionally, fostering stability and growth within the circus arts community, and to push the boundaries of what is possible in circus arts and entertainment to create inclusive, innovative, immersive and inspiring experiences for our artists and live audiences.
We don’t just accept diversity — we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our artists, staff members, performances, events and most importantly the community at large here locally and beyond!
In the spirit of reconciliation, Le Cirque de la Nuit acknowledges that we live, work and create on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. They were the original occupants of this land and continue to be here to this day. Le Cirque de la Nuit is grateful to have the opportunity to present in this territory.