Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show

LIVE Every Monday Night at 8:00pm ET – returning with season 3 on January 25!

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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is now accepting submissions for the 10th Annual Bindlestiff First of May Award – a $500 to $2,000 development grant for full-length circus and variety arts productions. For 2021, Bindlestiff introduces another level of support for new works in our medium – the  First of May Creation Residency. This year, we are thrilled to launch the First of May Creation Residency at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. More information at

Dear Friends,

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus joins thousands of other arts organizations, sports teams, educational institutions, businesses, and agencies in the effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Effective immediately, all live events are postponed indefinitely. We will honor advance ticket purchases when the events are rescheduled, or please contact your your original ticketing purchase platform for other options.

If you would like to donate to Bindlestiff, we are sincerely grateful. Please visit

All Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School programs will be moving to a privately accessible YouTube channel so that children and families in our NYC and Columbia County sites can have twice-weekly doses of DIY Cirkus fun to try at home.

Trust that we will be continuing to do what we love, so that when we all get together again we’ll be able to bring the joy and wonder back at full blast.

Love from our family to yours,

The Bindlestiffs