GLOW Fest: A Circus Arts & Lifestyle Gathering

GLOW Fest is a new circus arts and lifestyle event that launched in March 2021, in the relaxed surf town of Crescent Head on the mid-north coast of NSW. It offered 117 circus and flow arts workshops, showcase performances, fire spinning circles, children’s activities and entertainment, and art installations, performances and displays.

Bringing together the best parts of a circus arts festival with Burning Man culture and creativity, this was truly a multi-faceted arts event. Family-friendly and community-driven, it also includes a strong focus on sustainability, participation, inclusion and connection.

The daytime program featured workshops, discussions and performances from some of the top flow and circus artists across the Tasman. Nightly showcases delivered mind-blowing skills and feats of amazement, uniquely programmed and presented just for GLOW Fest. A custom art bus served as the stunning centrepiece for arts, entertainment and aerial performance through the event.

GLOW Fest recently announced a new partnership with not-for-profit Humanitarian Clowns, a unique and exciting opportunity to develop and foster its ties with the circus arts communities across Australia and abroad. Click here to watch the full announcement from GLOW Fest 3IC Timbadim Pixie.

Stay tuned to this page and the GLOW Fest community Facebook group for updates.


Photo credit: Iqram Anver (@friqueclicks)

NEXT EVENT: 19-21 November

The Ethos of GLOW


Each individual creates the GLOW community. What you bring in – spiritually, physically and emotionally – forms the fabric of what GLOW is all about. Entering the site with a positive mindset and a willingness to try new things will ensure that you enjoy all that’s on offer during this very special gathering.


Get involved, embrace the idea of communal living and be open to sharing your GLOW journey with everyone else on site. Standard GLOW Fest passes are offered at a reduced price including 1 x 4-hour volunteer shift, so this event is more affordable for everyone. Plus, you can use this opportunity to meet new people and be an important part of the GLOW story (option available for anyone wanting to forgo the volunteer shift – see ticketing page for more details).


This means respect for yourself, each other, the arts, the crew, the event and the land. Treat others as you want and deserve to be treated.


With respect comes consent. Remember to respect other people’s boundaries and experiences, as well as your own. Exercise the habit of asking first before touching, embracing or heavily conversing with your GLOW friends. Understand that everyone has the right to say no.

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

As part of GLOW’s commitment to sustainability, we ask everyone to consider what they’re bringing on to site and what they’re taking away with them. Avoiding single-use plastic, using recycled materials/equipment and disposing of rubbish in the correct bins will mean we are reducing our carbon footprint and taking care of the beautiful site.

Did you know…?


This was the first year for GLOW Fest and was the first event of its kind – bringing together a comprehensive skill-sharing program with Burner arts culture – in Australia.


More than 100 workshops were presented over 3 jam-packed days of programming, teaching skills including aerials, flow arts, ground-based circus skills and professional development.


Waves Campground is proud to have less than 3% carbon emissions, thanks to a dedicated process for on-site rubbish management. GLOW Fest joins in its commitment to sustainability.

The organisers of GLOW Fest acknowledge that this event is being held on the traditional lands of the Dunghutti people, and we pay our respects to Elders both past, present and future. We recognise the past atrocities against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this land and that Australia was founded on the genocide and dispossession of First Nations people.

Sovereignty has never been ceded. It always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

Event organisers

GLOW Fest was created by Sophie deLightful and organised with the assistance of Marnie Lane and
Timbadim Pixie.

Waves Campground

954 Point Plomer Road
Delicate Nobby, Crescent Head
NSW, 2440
Phone: 02 6566 0144