Census results are here!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the ANZCA Circus Census earlier this year. The response was phenomenal and we’re very excited to share the results of the individual circus census with you.


Below you can find a link to the PDFversion of results which outlines each question and responses for all New Zealand circus practitioners. You can also download the raw data yourself if you want to do a bit of your own analysis!

ANZCA Circus Census - Individual Results

ANZCA Circus Census - Individual Results - Raw Data

A few highlights include:

  • There were 856 respondents to the Circus Census who were involved in the New Zealand circus community as a practitioner in some capacity (as a student, teacher, performer, running a circus project or circus school, rigger, administration etc.)

  • 86% of Census respondents indicated that they mainly participate in community circus. 

  • Of our circus students, the most popular circus discipline to have participated in was aerials (82%).

  • The disciplines our performers do (including aspiring performers) are aerials (56%), manipulation (39%), acrobatics (31%), fire (23%), equilibristics (23%), clowning/mask (17%), magic (7%), sideshow (6%) and other (12%).

  • 20% of those working in the circus industry in the period between April 2018 and April 2019 were working voluntarily only.

If you have any queries or feedback about the Circus Census, feel free to contact us at aotearoanzcircusassociation@gmail.com and let us know.

*Note: not all the questions from the census are presented in these results to protect the anonymity of respondents.

Map of Companies Mentioned in the Census

This map shows the companies that individuals mentioned in their census responses.

Census Question: What organisations/ companies in New Zealand did you train at or work with in the period between April 2018 and April 2019?

Note: Not included on this map are sole traders, companies that have since closed down or companies that were unable to be located.