• Taylor Glenn

Is the IJA Festival Worth it?


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The 71st Annual IJA Festival 2018



This year, the IJA Festival is in Springfield, MA (USA) from July 16-22nd. It’s a really fun festival full of lots of great stuff.

Is it worth it? That’s something only you can decide, but to help with that decision, I’ve laid out my highlights below, as well as provided a few resources to hopefully help make the experience cheaper if you’re hurting for cash!

I’m also giving away an IJA Festival package worth up to $280! Read till the end to find out how to enter.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE IJA FESTIVAL

THE GYM: Mass Mutual Center

-18,000 square foot gym -Open 24 hours -Good lighting -High ceilings -A/C = less smell -Close to the hotel -See amazing jugglers practice – omg they’re right there -Supportive attitude and community.

WORKSHOPS:

-Offered all day long, often multiple at the same time! -Special guests often teach high class workshops. -Variety of workshops offered. Ranging from different props to tricks to business.

THE VENDORS:

-Try the props before you buy them. On the fence of which new clubs to buy? Not sure what weight of ball you want? With so many vendors at the IJA, you’ll be able to find which props will be perfect for you before shoveling out all that dough. -Meet the people behind the props. Some of my favorite jugglers are the ones who make and sell the juggling props. They’re full of knowledge and are usually happy to help you find the best props for you. -IJA Festival discounts. Sometimes the vendors will offer special IJA festival deals and prices. Wooo!

THE COMPETITIONS:

Smaller competitions happen throughout the week, and the best part about them is that you usually don’t have to sign up before the fest! Whether you compete or just watch, the smaller competitions are always a great time.

-Numbers: Jugglers compete to throw and catch the most objects they can to break world records. It’s insane, and so much fun to watch. -Joggling: Who knew running and juggling could go so well together? The IJA knows, that’s who. Joggling is a fun and unique part of the festival. -Individual Prop: Rings, balls, clubs. Competitors present their best stuff in each category with short routines. Uniqueness and style really shine in this competition! -X Juggling: How extreme can juggling get? Extremely extreme! Jugglers take turns trying to nail their craziest, most extreme tricks. A really lighthearted and fun competition to attend!

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Jugglers from all over the world prepare high-class routines to compete in the IJA Stage Championships. Within the championship are three categories:

-Individuals -Teams -Juniors

THE CASCADE OF STARS:

The finale of the festival is a talent-packed show with some of the best performers from around the world.  This year the performers include (click their names to see their videos and get PUMPED):

Kyle JohnsonWes PedenGuillaume Karpowicz