CircusInfo Finland actively participates in several international and domestic collaboration projects, which focus on creating opportunities for professionals on the field.

On-going international projects

SZENEfrei 2017–2019

SZENEfrei is a three year project promoting Finnish circus, dance and performance art in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2017–2019. Projects supports Finnish performances visiting German-speaking Europe, boosts expert visits to Finland and organizes networking events for Finnish performing art professionals.

SZENEfrei is coordinated by the Finnish Institute in Germany (Finnland-Institute in Deutschland) and its partners include CircusInfo Finland, Dance Info Finland and Eskus – Performance Center. The project is supported by Kone Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

NuoraNORD 2018

NuoraNORD project is aimed for young Baltic and Nordic circus companies struggling in becoming established. Coordinated by CircusInfo Finland, the project focuses in providing the young circus companies with knowledge and skills on strategic thinking and planning as well as long-term sustainable development. Other project partners are Pievilcigas pilsetvides biedriba / Re Riga! Festival in Latvia, Menu spaustuve / Arts Printing House in Lithuania, Manegen in Sweden and Baltic-Nordic Circus Network.

The project is carried out through workshops and mentoring sessions during year 2018. In total four workshops will be arranged, one in each partner country. From each country two producers or artists from two different companies will be selected to take part in all the workshops. The project creates new international connections between participating producers and artists, thus, it lays a solid ground also for future collaboration.The project is supported by Nordic Culture Point.

Other projects

NuoraMentors 2017–18

The project “NuoraMentors” tackles the everyday problematics of independent circus companies working without permanent funding in Finland. The project is targeted both for artists and producers alike and strives at strengthening the networks within the field. The backbone of the project lies in artistic or productional mentoring for young circus companies. NuoraMentors is based on the good practices of a former project in 2015–16. NuoraMentors is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Read more >>

Web portal of circus research: Circus Arts Research Platform, CARP (2017–18)

CircusInfo Finland together with three other resource centres of circus, participates in an international project, that develops accessibility to information on circus research worldwide. The project is designed as a resource platform for scholars, students, and professionals interested in circus arts studies. It also mediates information regarding academic circus arts research for anyone interested. The partners in the first phase of the project are Centre national des arts du Cirque (France), École Nationale de Cirque (Canada), Circuscentrum (Belgium) and CircusInfo Finland. The project collaborates also with academic institutions and their circus research projects.

Nordic Women in Circus Consortium

Established in 2017, the Nordic Women in Circus Network wants to create a connection between the women in circus arts. The Network aims to raise awareness on the challenges related to the status of women in circus and by extension to the role of women in society at large. The network organizes activities that give opportunities to female circus artists and other interested parties to share, discuss, gain knowledge, develop and strengthen critical reflections on the agency of women in circus and other related topics. The Network has members from 23 countries. Its activities are organized in the Nordic countries with support from the Nordic Culture Fund and the Nordic Culture Point in 2017–18. CircusInfo Finland co-operates in the activities organized in Finland. Women in Circus Consortium