To celebrate World Circus Day, we take a look at the 4 decade journey of the 'Fruities', as they are affectionately known.
Based in Albury-Wodonga, the Fruities started out in big top circus tent in Hovell Tree Park in 1979. Since then, they have toured extensively in Australia and their alumni are part of some of the world's most prestigious circus acts including Cirque du Soleil.
There are activities throughout the year to celebrate the anniversary, including a regional tour of their award-winning show JUNK.
Later in the year, the performers will also return to the park where it all began for 'Back in the Big Top'.
'It will be a great opportunity for our current students, all 80 of them, to perform in this celebratory show,' said Richard Hull, Flying Fruit Fly Circus Executive Director. 'We'll also be inviting alumni from around the world to be part of this special event in early December.'
'It will be an opportunity to celebrate with the people of Albury-Wodonga. We are extraordinarily fortunate here at the Fruit Flies to have such a supportive community that's grown up with us over the 40 years. I think because we're regional there's a particular family spirit that exists here.'
Watch our video to hear more about the Fruities 40 year journey:
In another exciting development the Flying Fruit Fly Circus now has Circus House – a new artist accommodation, which includes 2 adjoining self-contained units within minutes of the Circus' premises. The accommodation is primarily for visiting artists and trainers from interstate and overseas.