Creation of the Festival

In 2010, Lynn teamed up with other aerialists and took a portable aerial stand to the local Burning Man regional festival, Apogaea. This event sparked the dream of creating a festival where aerialists could perform and learn from one another. Lynn also traveled to Hong Kong to judge an aerial and pole competition. Her company, Aerial Fabric Acrobatics was a sponsor of this competition.

After researching standards of aerial and circus festivals around the world, Lynn reached out to a friend and former Cirque du Soleil coach, Marshall Garfield for his thoughts. Marshall provided consulting services along with countless hours of conversation in creating this first-of-its-kind event.

From the beginning, the Festival has had an energy of its own that has brought to itself what it needed. It has attracted not only aerialists from all across the U.S. and other countries, but it brought together experts and professionals in circus, music, lighting, rigging, graphic arts, photography, videography, financial backing from Aerial Fabric Acrobatics, and the dedication of hundreds of volunteers. Partnerships with venues were formed, a collaboration with the University of Colorado at Denver. And in 2015, the Festival partnered with the Millibo Art Theater.

The Festival has been inspirational to not only those who came to Denver to participate in the event, but to others who have been inspired to create their own Festivals.

Although the annual Festival shows will not continue, the goal of connecting the aerial community does continue. The future will bring new opportunity and Lynn will continue to follow her passions with a circus spirit of innovation and discovery.