National Institute of Circus Arts - National Circus Centre

NICA is a national not-for-profit arts training organisation registered as a cultural organisation and primarily funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts. Auspiced by Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, NICA is the only training institute of its kind in Australia.

With the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Melbourne Fringe, and the City of Stonnington, the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) will become a Circus Hub for the 2023 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Taking place between Thursday 5th – Sunday 22nd October, NICA for the first time will support independent artists and small to medium companies, to present works within NICA’s renowned venue in Prahran. Operating for 2.5 weeks, multiple shows will be programmed daily as part of the festival.

NICA will offer a bespoke venue for emerging and established artists otherwise unavailable at Australian fringe festivals, with fixed venue hire costs waived in favour of a 60% box office split in two of their custom built spaces. Start your application below.

Events at National Institute of Circus Arts - National Circus Centre

  • Apricity

    Directed by  Jesse Scott

    Genre: Circus

    A symphony of aerial apparatuses, ground-breaking acrobatics, and graceful movement.

    more less
    More Information
    Past Event
  • Head Count

    Created and Performed by  Company 23

    Genre: Circus

    A transfixing Vaudevillian cabaret by Australia's emerging contemporary circus artists.

    more less
    More Information
    Head Count
    Past Event
  • Mr. III 三 III

    Presented by  Melbourne Fringe

    Genre: Circus

    When the drums sound, the game officially begins!

    more less
    More Information
    Mr. III 三 III
    Past Event
  • The Dumtectives in Cirque Noir

    Presented by  Dummies Corp

    Genre: Circus

    From the internationally acclaimed Dummies Corp comes a killer circus comedy unlike you’ve ever seen.

    more less
    More Information
    The Dumtectives in Cirque Noir
    Past Event
  • Wheelchair Accessible

    National Institute of Circus Arts - National Circus Centre is wheelchair accessible.

    There are two parking spots along Green St that are designated to permit holders

  • Accessible Bathroom

    This venue has toilets which are accessible for wheelchair users.

  • Step-free access

    This venue has no stairs or all stairs can be bypassed via a ramp, lift or elevator.

  • Assistance Dogs allowed

    Assistance dogs are allowed into all parts of this venue.

39-59 Green St

Prahran VIC 3181

Get directions
  • Tram Route

    5 - Melbourne University/Malvern

  • Nearest Train Station


  • Parking

    There is some on street parking, limited times prior to 6pm and permit zone. Parking stations are a short walk away off Chapel St.