Something very special is taking place in Ballarat next month. Stepping out for its first (of hopefully many) outing is the World Sideshow Festival, a celebration of all things sideshow. Once called the circus’ dirtier cousin, the popularity has once again surged in recent times – and ‘In the Loop’ territory has the front-row seat. Performers include Samora Squid, a Tasmanian who swallows swords, sings songs and bends his body upside down and inside out; Erik Sprague, aka ‘The Lizard Man’, a man known the world-over for his physical transformation; and Lilikoi Kaos, one of Australia’s biggest circus and sideshow stars. Ballarat – May 21-23. Hit worldsideshowfestival.com for more.