In 2013,the Nimbin Community Centre received a Sports and Recreation Participation Grant. This grant was obtained on behalf of local circus & flow arts group, Rainbow Flow Arts, who have been organising weekly circus skills workshops and meets since 2012. The grant will be used to purchase equipment, pay for venue costs, and assist group volunteers in accessing further training.
Rainbow Flow Arts is a community run group that has been developed by a dedicated team of Nimbin locals who love all things circus. They have been doing performances around Nimbin over the last 12 months.
Rainbow Flow Arts started their current Circus Project in early 2013, organising weekly Circus meets and workshops. They approached the Nimbin Community Centre to auspice a grant to help fund this project. In August 2013 they found out they had won the grant, and financial assistance for their project has now been provided by the NSW Government through the Office of Communities, Sport & Recreation. The grant is only a portion of the overall costs of the project, which will run until December 2014 and includes considerable volunteer hours and funding contributed by Rainbow Flow Arts. However, getting this grant has allowed Rainbow Flow Arts to purchase equipment and access training they would otherwise not have been able to afford. It has strengthened moral and the sense of purpose within the group.
The idea behind the project was to provide free weekly workshops/skill shares for all members of the Nimbin Community, in particular those who struggle to afford sporting or recreational activities. The benefits of this project include providing a number of weekly activities that are physically active, social, recreational, entertaining, and teach people new skills. All members of the community are invited to attend the activities and will find they cater to all ages and abilities. The project aims to enhance participants’ physical health, fitness and skill level, which will lead to greater self-confidence and empowerment.
The group has some diverse circus skills to share, including hoop, poi, staff, juggling, skipping, ribbon-dance, slack line, and various fire twirling disciplines. They will be learning more skills thanks to the grant funding, and everything they learn will be passed onto the Nimbin Community for free.
Currently there are 2 free weekly activities you can participate in:
Thursdays in the Community Centre grounds from 5pm-7.30pm:
This is a free flowing skill-share space, with lots of circus toys to play with and skilled people to teach you. This is a drug and alcohol free, family -friendly event with a great atmosphere, so come out and play, be entertained or entertain! The skill-share goes until dark, and there is generally a fire show after dark by donation. Children welcome.
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