Nouveau Centerfold Cirque

Roll up, roll up and welcome to the Circus!

St John's College is proud to present its triennial Commemoration Ball, guaranteed to be a night you will never forget.

On Friday the 23rd June 2017, St John's College shall open its doors into a world of wonder. You will not want to miss it.

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Escape the everyday with the most hypnotic of rhythms and the most mesmerising of melodies. Dance hand in hand by the light of the moon to a veritable smorgasbord of acts, spanning critically acclaimed DJs to internationally renowned headliners. Lay yourselves bare to the musical chiaroscuro from dusk until dawn, and let the silent disco usher you in to sunrise. With everything from jazz to techno to afrobeats, there will definitely be something for everyone.


The St John's Commemoration Ball is recruiting staff to work on the night of the Ball. We are looking for capable and enthusiastic people for a variety of roles on the night, including working in the bars and cloakrooms, and general maintenance. The ideal candidate will be friendly, want to provide a fantastic experience for attendees, and happy to work in a busy environment.

There are a number of options for employment: You can apply to work half the night, either in the first half or the second half of the Ball, and earn a reduced ticket price for the other half of the ball. Alternatively, you can work the full night and receive payment in return.

All work will be assigned by preference but this will not guarantee your first choice will be given. Please note you will be required to attend a training session prior to the ball, which is likely to take place towards the end of Trinity term.

More information regarding working tickets shall be provided soon so please fill in this application form if you would like to be notified when applications for work open.


We are committed to minimising our environmental impact as far as possible, by reducing the energy consumption, carbon emissions, physical and chemical harm to the environment, and waste generated by the ball.

We plan to recycle as much waste as possible and use fully compostable cups in our bar. Local companies and those with excellent environmental policies are being chosen where possible.

We are also pleased to announce that all of our printing will be done exclusively by a zero-waste printing company, the Oxford-based Seacourt, with its waterless printing technology.

Proceeds from the ball shall also be donated to two charities, namely WWF and Mind. Visit their webpages for more information on the important work which they do.


Feast your eyes as well as your stomach on our theatrical culinary offerings. The sights, smells, and tastes of the circus can be embraced at food stations throughout or focus your appetites on our street-market inspired food village. Fuel up with gourmet re-imaginings of fast food from around the world and satisfy your sweet fantasies with topsy-turvy variations of pudding classics. Let the circus carry you through new flavours and textures, to emerge finally for a restorative hot breakfast after an unforgettable show!

What is more, why choose between quantity and quality when you can have both? At the Nouveau Cirque, an artisanal beverage will always be round the corner, matching the feats of the circus troupes with delicious liquid creations. Relive childhood circus excitement with an alcoholic milkshake or smoothie; allow yourself to be transported to foreign lands with a Negroni or a Bellini; or simply feast on a variety of freshly created cocktails at our bespoke cocktail bar.


At the circus, it is not just the music that captures your imagination. Be enchanted by contortionists, acrobats, fire eaters, and all manner of circus entertainers. Magicians will carry out spellbinding illusions before your eyes, while the prognostications of fortune tellers will reveal your future...

There will be attractions to delight the child within but, if the thrill of the fairground gets too much, relax in the shisha tent, or sit back and admire extraordinary feats of gymnastic skill. Alternatively, experience the performance first hand as you are taught tricks of the circus trade. One thing is for sure: you are in for a hell of a show!


Tickets for the Ball will be available through the website, with tickets for St John's students available from Sunday 13th November 2016 (6th Week MT16). General release shall go live on Monday 16th January 2017 (1st Week Hilary term). Current students and alumni will be able to purchase up to four additional tickets each. Non-Johnians will be able to buy up to two additional tickets each.

Please register for an account on our ticketing portal.

St John's:

Non-Dining Tickets: £170.00

Dining Tickets: £210.00


Non-Dining Tickets: £180.00

Dining Tickets: £220.00

More information about tickets will be available on purchase. Please contact us with any further queries.


The triennial St John's Commemoration Ball is one of the most anticipated social events of the Oxford calendar. Thus, it is the perfect event at which to advertise your products or promote your brand to bright students looking for graduate opportunities. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

We are proudly sponsored by: