Catapult is the meeting point for metropolitan, regional and remote youth circus practitioners and also the meeting point between youth circus and adult professional circus and physical theatre.
Catapult plays a vital linking and networking role in a field where participants have previously not been able to meet, share skills and processes or develop national benchmarks and accreditation.
This well loved national festival, launched in 2005, was the first festival in Australia to showcase the skills of young circus and physical theatre artists. Since 2005 Catapult has developed and grown, and each year more youth circus groups from around Australia make the journey to Bathurst to share in this amazing experience.
Catapult's mission is to support an ethos of sharing amongst the youth and professional circus and physical theatre industry and in 2009 the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association (ACAPTA) endorsed Catapult as the National Youth Circus and Physical Theatre Festival. Catapult consults with artists, community members and the industry peak body ACAPTA, to ensure this festival delivers programs and projects that are relevant and inspiring to a new generation of artists, while supporting the development and exploration of industry practice, art form development and community cultural development.