About Festival

Room 100

About Festival

City of Split will host its first, small, but proud, contemporary circus festival in September 2020. Peculiar Families Festival will bring together artists from three countries through six performances that will showcase the finest tricks of circus families from all over Europe in an intense four-day program. It is not by chance that this caravan stops in Split. They know about the city through 10 years of work of the contemporary circus collective ROOM 100 and 5 years of work of HALA 100, a residency venue for the contemporary circus that has so far hosted 60 artists and more than 50 different programs. The first edition of the Festival is an opportunity to celebrate these anniversaries with the widest possible family. And that is just the beginning.

Through its program selection, the Festival is a gathering place for artists and audiences looking for high quality, innovative, critical and engaged contemporary circus performances. The venues of the Festival, Youth Center Split, city center and the mountain Mosor will serve as a place for creating an intimate relationship between the artists and the audience, the existing and the new ones, which will become aware of the world of contemporary circus art, its history, development, significance, genres and trends.
The Festival is called “Peculiar Families Festival”, referencing the creative and complex community of circus artists and their audiences. Contemporary circus art is much more than just an art form. The specific requirements for physical capacity, the character of the interdisciplinary between performing and conceptual art, as well as the conditions of production, often characterize not only the work but also the life of circus artists. For these reasons, vigorous, intimate and trustworthy cooperation between the members of the collective is created. The magic of the circus is when that energy is transferred to the audience. Festival’s goal is to create precisely that effect and break down borders between the audience and artists, the city and the circus tent, the family as a community and a necessity. The boundaries of body and mind are common to all; circus artists are just turning those boundaries into a creative process, expressing through them the metaphors of everyday life. With its name, this Festival recognizes the complexity and intimacy of everyday human relationships and wants to talk openly about all the different aspects of life choices that ultimately make us all the “circus artists” in our environments.

Antonia Kuzmanić, artistic director

About us

ROOM 100 is an internationally awarded contemporary circus collective from Split founded by Antonia Kuzmanić and Jakov Labrović in 2010. ROOM 100 produces and distributes contemporary circus performances and other artistic works of the collective, manages HALA 100 – residency venue for research in contemporary circus art, hosts international contemporary circus artists for performances, residencies and workshops, realizes a program of film screenings “Kino Cirkus” in several Croatian cities and implements a number of other projects for the development of the audience in the contemporary circus sector. ROOM 100 is a partner in the projects “Circus Without Circus” and “circusnext PLaTFoRM” which are co-financed by the European Commission through the Creative Europe program and is a member of the Circostrada network (Antonia Kuzmanić is a member of the Circostrada Steering Committee since 2018).

Who is who?

Antonia Kuzmanić
Artistic director and executive producer

Jakov Labrović
Production and program selection assistant

Anja Ostojić
Production assistand and industry office

Antea Vrdoljak
Hospitality office

Ana Nevešćanin
Hospitality office and kids program coordinator

Franko Sardelić
Main festival's technician

Vanael Marin

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Visual identity

Trli Brli kolektiv
Visual identity

important notices

You can purchase tickets at WEBshop, in Entrio stores or an hour before the performance (20:30 - 21:30) at the festival's office.

Please pay attention to physical distance measures and avoid creating crowds.

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Extra program

11.-13.9.2020 / 11:00h / festival's office
Coffee with the artists

The day after the performance, we will hang out with the artists over coffee and croissants – come, ask them anything you want to know about the life of circus artists!

11.9.2020 / 11:00h / Beton kino
Pitch session with Creative Europe Desk - Culture Office Croti

Get familiar with Croatian circus artists and their on-going projects / productions through short presentations!

11.9.2020 / 17:00h / Youth Centre Amphitheater
Round table

In collaboration with Cirkorama we will talk about contemporary circus scene and cultural policies in Croatia.

11.9.2020. / 18:00h / Beton kino
Circus kids movie "Ernest & Celestine"

Bring your kids to this beautiful animated movie! Book your places: here


Tickets can be purchased through the Entrio system – through webshop or stores: Dancing Bear (Dioklecijanova 6) and Ghetaldus (Marmontova 8 or Trg braće Radić 10). If you are located outside Split, find the closest store at https://www.entrio.hr/outlets.

Due to the recommendations in preventing the spread of COVID-19 disease, we encourage you to purchase your tickets online.

The number of tickets is limited, and only a small number will be available for purchase at the entrance, an hour before the start of the performance.

The festival ticket is valid for all days of the festival and includes three performances with entrance fees – “Instable”, “Bubble” and “Homenaje”.

Online ticket sales: from 31 August 2020 at 08:00.