Thanks for a great 1st season with Circus PaZaz!

Our bigtop tent is now packed away for winter, its been a fantastic & challenging first season touring Circus PaZaz! looking forward to summer ’14

Read more & see some photos here   IMG_0853 Thank you to everyone that helped, performed, & came to see Circus PaZaz!                                                       We are now booking dates for summer ’14, for more info on booking  our little Circus experience for your school, family event or festival contact us here

Inside life – Clown Zaz filmed & directed by Long Sui

Inside Life – Clown Zaz
Directed & filmed by Long Sui for Brighton University MA Degree 2013.
This 20min documentary looks into the life of Matt Zaz who has been a clown since he was a child & lives in Brighton UK.

Back in April I was contacted by chinese film student Long Sui, he is here in the UK studying for his MA degree at Brighton University. Long was interested in the Clown & wanted to follow me at various gigs film & edit into a mini documentary. For his degree Long needed to use many filming techniques & created this story line based on my work as clown Zaz.

Playgroup festival 13′ kidz tent pics

Here are some pics from last weekends Playgroup festival Nr Lewes E.Sussex 15/8/13 A colourful small & friendly festival We supplied our circus tents for the Little Bugs Kidz & family area. Over the weekend kids & families enjoyed making stuff in the little craft tent, poi passion circus skills, drumming workshops, Kidz disco & shows in the bigtop from Zaz, Dotty Spotty Socks & Bodger & Badger http://www.playgroupfestival.com/531882_678882725475106_1701403281_n1176318_678882382141807_483637009_n

Glastonbury kidzfield 2013

Were back home & all washed up after another great Glastonbury festival. Zaz was invited back to perform for the 3rd year! Now Europe’s largest FREE children’s festival the Kidzfield is bursting with colour, bigtop tents, peace & love, & just about everything a child could dream of. This year we felt even more at home as our own newborn baby Zac could enjoy all the fun along with the thousands of other children… Each morning we would go to the big top as baby Zac is an early riser. African musician Seikou Susso plaid traditional West African Kora music for all the field to wake up to. Zac happily watched us both as I practised my hat juggling to his beautiful music. So much hard work goes into the Kidzfield by a fantastic team of hundreds of good people from all over the UK. Everyone has a part to play from the Baby help tent to the sand in the sand pits, Set at the the top of the field is the giant helter skelter which can be seen from far. In the performance tent as usual were a mix of cool kidz performers including the CBBC presenters. Each night fun guy Alex Winters read bed time storys & on the Sunday night everyone danced as the tent closed with a massive family kidz disco! Zaz’s shows were fun in the huge bigtop, a fantastic line up of hand picked kidz performers, puppeteers, story tellers and musicians. Well done to all that made the kidzfield 2013 happen it is vital that such a big festival has a space for children and here the parents are at ease. We saw the Rolling stones but Izaac’s highlight must have been the many flags seen through babys eyes…..     

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On the road again….

Hi everyone, just catching up with Zaz’s blog before we set off for Glastonbury festival. So far this summer we have visited quite a few primary schools with more to come. Last week we visited Giffards in Essex, a sentimantal gig as this is the school where Fred & Chi chi performed as freds flying circus for the last time & our 3rd visit. This school are especially nice & always thrilled that we take the time to visit them. We like to arrive after school & build up the tent with the help of the pta ready for all to see in the playground next morning. The school bell rings, soon after the first year3 class are sat on the grass sketching the tent whilst taking registration. Each year Giffards primary year 3 choose circus as a project. After playtime the class and teacher join us in the circus ring for the rest of the school day.  Together the class learn their own show to perform at showtime after school. These workshops are a inspiring & interesting tool help to increase play, concentration, team work & self esteem levels not forgetting fantastic happy memories for all the family. Both classes of children did a fantastic job together we hope there parents are proud of them and everyone enjoined the 2 fantastic after school community events. Here are a few snaps to see….

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Now we head south west to Glastonbury country! Zaz is pleased to be part of the Kidzfield the biggest free children’s party in Europe. Zaz will be performing in the kidz tent with some of the coolest crew including the CBBC presenters & many more! If your at Glastonbury with your children come say hi you won’t want to leave the Kidzfield! click here for lots more info bye for now, Zaz

Summer is finally here!

At last summer is here! Zaz & friends are all busy making the fun happen!            Circus PaZaz whilst entertaining is helping PTA’s to raise funds at many school fetes this year. We perform & teach children’s shows in our circus tent for all the families entertainment. We are also happy to be part of some great family events & festivals again this summer. Locally the Kemptown carnival was a great start to the sunshine season, Zaz did well to keep Oswald the Ostrich under control in the massive carnival crowds as he’s a lively bird!

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Zaz is happy to be confirmed for Glastonbury Kidzfield again this year.                   If you are at Glastonbury with your children come and say Hi!                                                   here is the fantastic line-up in the Kidzfield BigTop  favourite events more local like Dromos, Lawnfest, & Hampshire water festivals. Looking forward to meeting friends new & old this summer! To keep updated on where Zaz & Circus PaZaz will be this summer follow him on facebook or twitter we will keep you updated with info on some cool events for kids to take part this summer!

Baby Izaac’s Circus Christening day

DSC_5989In addition to zaz’s usual half term & kids party fun We’ve had a busy Feb/April getting final visits & arrangements in place for the summer season.                       My new project Circus Pazaz with the help of Fred from Fred’s flying circus is taking shape. One big job that was needed before opening was to wash the tent. By circus standards our tent is a baby to,  but still, washing a 50ft tent is an operation. With that in mind I had arranged a spot in the farmers field to do this. We had a water tap in the field, all that was needed was sunshine, help from friends & lots of sponges. Most of our friends have kids, but due to work commitments they don’t see ‘Zaz’ that often sadly…..Drying the tent meant putting it up completely.  We thought that it would be a perfect chance to celebrate the birth our first baby, Izaac & let our friends children & family enjoy a day at our new little circus. The farmer liked the idea & offered us a fantastic field set in the beautiful Sussex South Downs & we invited clown vicar Rev Roly Bain to perform, christen Izaac & bless our new tent in a circus way but still by the Church of England. Saturday the 20th April was confirmed & it truly was a day we will always remember. We invited friends & family for a midday service in the tent followed by BBQ games, family disco, ending the day with showtime! Some performer friends came as guests but also generously performed too. The weather was perfect, baby Izaac was so good & seems very at home under the canvas. When he is older we will show him the photos & tell him about his circus christening on world circus day. Photos thanks to Steve Jacks & Rob Shone

 

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Bognor Clown festival ’13 – my write-up

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When I was a child this is the place I first saw clowns, lots of them! Of course there was the local clown heroes from my town that I would help & follow all year round but only at a clown festival do you see at least 100 the biggest in 1991 there were around 800, as the US World Clown Association joined forces with the UK’s Clowns International. Sadly for Bognor Regis, this year was to be the last to be held within Butlins resort. With endings often bring new beginnings & Butlins must be thanked for their continued support over the years. The show must go on! & 2013 Clowns weekend was one of the best since restarting in 09. This time Zaz wasn’t just on the list for shows & the usual fun but was one of the organisers & yes it’s a tough job organising 100 clowns! After many plain clothes visits to Bognor for meetings with both Butlins & the Town Council it was great to see it all happen & fall in to place. We the organising team were lucky that we already had a good formula in place set by the previous organisers & could then add to that. I arrived in Bognor Monday morning & the school tours were under way. We dealt with any press interested in the clowns event. Over the weekend I spoke to, spirit fm, meridian news, the local Bognor observer & the Sunday times, all very interested lets hope the coverage helps to find a new venue for a UK clowns festival? Once all had arrived we enjoyed a social/training day with workshops of interest to us clowns. Butlins began to fill with guests to the maximum with some great families visiting from all over UK. This year we put on 2 shows at the local Regis centre theatre. A tea time children’s show & our evening gala show. On the Monday I had met with the theatre box office to see how the tickets were selling, as we had hoped that a low price children’s show would appeal to many local families. Only! 80 had been sold. Time for plan b, with the help of some junior clowns we went to the schools at home-time to see mum direct……as parents picked up their children we reminded them that it was In fact clowns weekend & there was lots of stuff for the kids to do & see! This must have worked & 180 came to the tea time show. Zaz was first on stage & truly wonderful feeling to be performing to many children, in the theatre that I had watched so many clowns performing myself aged 7-12. Like a flash my time was up & I handed over to my other performing clown friends for 3 more different acts including Toto who had come all the way from USA be part of the festival.

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295626_567655056586782_1252922767_nDSC_3181482846_567653926586895_446811539_nDSC_3127photos thanks to Bethany harris. Up & out for an early start sat morning to set-up the mini circus in the skyline for short clown shows & the highlight being the juniors clowns show! A good mix of different aged “clown Kidz” & they all did a really great performance! As they all live in different parts of the country they individually did there acts, just like real clowns do! If they continue like this they will become great clowns when they are older. With so much happening in Butlins Saturday went fast! One of my faverate clowns Hal Brooks, now retired but still putting smiles on kids & parents faces even with-out a clown face. He has written a book about his life as a clown. He always tells me….Write it down Zaz!! Write it down!! I hope he reads my blog, Hal is probably my oldest friend on Facebook I’m proud to say! That evening awards were given out to some including me, yes I was awarded the sunflower award for helping & being a long standing member of CI, each year the club makes a new pin badge. As part of this award I must design next years badge …clowns ARE Cool perhaps?! Sunday morning clown vicar Roly arranged the usual clowns church service and the sun came out just in time for the Parade. A fantastic 25 piece samba band drummed its way through the streets of the town followed by the clowns. The public had really come out to show their support for perhaps the last ever clown parade in the town who knows?

Let’s hope Bognor never forgets the time the clowns came to stay….. over the years the festival has promoted the town, given many happy times to the local people & holiday visitors. Not forgetting all those that were inspired enough to wanna be real clowns as a life & career, like myself & Clumbsy who now is touring with John Lawson’s Circus. Thanks Bognor Regis & all those who took part it was fun!

not long till’ Clowns festival in Bognor Regis

1st weekend in March sees the return of clowns convention held mostly in Butlins holiday centre Bognor Regis. Family Clown fun can be found at events both in Butlins & around the town. This year we are putting on 2 shows at the regis centre theatre!

CI Clown show posterclown Toto from USABognor Regis Town mayor Jim Brooksfinishing off the weekend with a colourful parade along the beach road & into town on Sunday 3th March, starting from butlins (beach gate) at 2pm.               Why not come and join us in Bognor for a great day out for the family!                For more info click here

for some Clown convention history & my story in photos click here                        See you soon Bognor Regis!

67th Annual Grimaldi church service

This Sunday clowns will mark the 67th clowns church service in East London. Traditionally the first Sunday in February clowns gather to celebrate the life of father of clowns, Pantomime clown Joseph Grimaldi & remember those loved clown performers who have past.
Here is last years news coverage to see….. Our clown Rev Roly bain will lead service & each year after the service there is a free family clown show for the local children. Click here for all the details.

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