Projects

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

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.

Korea–Nordic Connection (2017–18)

Korea-Nordic Connection creates forms of collaboration between performing arts professionals focusing on young audiences, based in the Nordic countries and South Korea. The project includes background research and two study trips, which offer participants in-depth opportunities to get acquainted with potential collaboration partners. Eight Nordic and seven Korean artists are participating in the program, which was launched in October 2017 with a networking trip to Performing Arts Market Seoul (PAMS).

The partner organisations of the Korea-Nordic Connection program in addition to CircusInfo Finland are Korea Arts Management Service, Assitej Korea, Swedish Arts Council, Assitej Sweden, Performing Arts Hub Norway, Scenekunstbruket, Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces, Teatercentrum, Dance Info Finland and Assitej Finland.

Crossing Missions for Young Presenters in Circus Arts (2018–2019)

Crossing Missions for Young Presenters in Circus Arts, a project by CircusInfo Finland, La Tohu from Canada and Subtopia from Sweden, brings together young 25–35-year-old performing arts producers from Finland, Canada and Sweden. In meetings organised within the project’s framework the participants have an opportunity to exchange their experiences, ideas and know-how and strengthen their international networks. In addition to developing their professional skills, the project aims to bring young producers in touch with the development of circus art. The participants are two young producers from Finland, two from Sweden and four from Quebec, Canada. The meetings are held at performing arts showcase events CINARS (Montreal 2018) and Subcase (Stockholm 2019). The Nordic producers’ networking is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Canadians’ by the Provincial Government of Quebec. The Crossing Missions project is coördinated by CircusInfo Finland.

NuoraNORD 2018

NuoraNORD project is aimed at 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 during the year 2018. In total four workshops will be arranged, one in each partner country. From each country, two producers or artists will 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 >>

A worldwide platform for circus arts research: Circus Arts Research Platform

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 Circus Arts Research Platform is an initiative of Centre national des arts du Cirque (France), École Nationale de Cirque (Canada), Circuscentrum (Belgium) and CircusInfo Finland in collaboration with researchers all over the world, for widening the reachability of knowledge regarding academic research in circus arts. The platform can now be searched online at CircusArtsResearchPlatform.com.