Circus Incubator (2015–17)
The European project Circus Incubator – EuropeS-AmericaS strategy for young artists was created by 7 European and American partners: La Grainerie (France), CircusInfo Finland, Cirko (Finland), Subtopia (Sweden), La Central del Circ (Spain), La TOHU (Canada) and Luni Produçoes (Brazil). The project aimed in one hand at sensitizing the young contemporary circus artists to the internationalization of their career and to the artistic research, and in the other hand to sensitizing the programmers to the young and emerging artists’ follow-up in the long-term. During the project, several to workshops were organized on the two continents. The project aimed at building capacity in the field and was funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. Read more on the project’s Facebook page >>
CASA – Circus Arts and Streets Arts Circuits (2016–17)
CASA was a European support programme designed by five arts organisations: MiramirO (Belgium), CircusInfo Finland (Finland), Cirqueon (Czech Republic), FiraTàrrega (Spain) and Subtopia (Sweden). Together organisations join forces to equip professionals from the contemporary circus and outdoor creation sectors to work and cooperate transnationally. CASA was co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Ministry of Education and Culture Finland and Swedish Arts Council. The project produced five inspirational multimedia market guides in the field of circus and outdoor arts. Read more on www.casa-circuits.eu
Big Muuv 2016
CircusInfo Finland was a partner in Finnish cultural project for children and youth called Big Muuv. The Finnish National Ballet coordinated the project and other partners included The Finnish Youth Circus Association, Association of Finnish Children’s Cultural Centers, Nuori Kulttuuri Foundation, and other cultural children’s and youth organisations. The project encouraged children and young people to be physically more active during the school days. The project promoted dance, circus and tricking as hobbies. Big Muuv was funded by Ministry of Education and Culture. More information in Finnish from www.bigmuuv.fi
Nuora – mentoring project for young circus artists (2015–2016)
In November 2015 CircusInfo Finland launched a new Nuora – a mentoring project for young circus groups in Finland. The one-year project offered groups expertise and direct resource to the stabilization and development of their production structures. The project aimed to increase and develop cooperation within the field and to improve artists entrepreneur–producer knowledge. This was accomplished by direct mentoring and open workshops. The project was funded by Ministry of Education and Culture.
CircusInfo Finland took part in FokusSirkus 2015–2016 together with Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Cirko – Center for New Circus and Circuscentrum. FokusSirkus was a support programme for professional circus practitioners and students in Finland, Belgium and the Netherlands. It offered considerable support to the ever-growing contemporary circus sector and it allowed professionals to discover the artistic and production opportunities available. The project aimed to facilitate collaboration that brought together practitioners from all three countries to discuss the future of circus and circus as an art form, and to develop new production practices.
TAIVEX2 was a cooperative project between Theatre Info Finland, Dance Info Finland, CircusInfo Finland and the cities of Helsinki, Turku, Tampere and Pori. The project was a work attachment programme that improved the expertise, managerial skills and international know-how of performing arts professionals. The programme had 30 participants. All participants carried out a work attachment period of 2 weeks – 2 months in a foreign organisation. The programme offered six training sessions over the course of the two years 2012-2013. The main theme of these workshops was management and strategic planning within performing arts organisations. TAIVEX2 increased cross-sector cooperation and networking in the fields of theatre, dance and circus, at home and internationally.
CircusInfo Finland was a member of the Effective Circus project’s steering group in 2011–2014. The goal of the Effective Circus project was to increase professional employment in the circus field by developing the potential of circus organisation as employers in the field of social and applied circus. The project organised social circus lessons in various communities in Finland, advances methods for researching the wellbeing effects of circus, sells workshops promoting wellbeing in the workplace and organises work seminars to assist the commercialising of circus wellbeing services. Effective Circus was an ESF (European Social Fund) project administrated by the Centre for Practise as Research in Theatre at the University of Tampere. The Effective Circus project was a continuation of The Social Circus project (2009 – 2011).
Unpack the Arts
CircusInfo Finland was one of the 9 partners in the EU-funded “Unpack the Arts: residency program for cultural journalists”, which ran between 2012–2014. Vlaams Centrum voor Circuskunsten, Ghent Belgium, was the project coordinator. Other partners include d CIRCa pole national (France), Crying Out Loud (UK), KIT (Denmark), Mala performerska scena (Croatia), Stichting Rotterdam Circusstad (The Netherlands), Subtopia (Sweden), Humorologie festival (Belgium) and Les Halles de Schaerbeek (Belgium). The project aimed to increase the knowledge and expertise of circus critics and writers across Europe by organising residencies for journalists during circus festivals.
CASCAS was a European project aimed at championing intercultural understanding. It provided opportunities for professionals in the fields of street arts and circus to explore different cultural contexts, share models of good practice, make new connections and challenge accepted wisdom. The project took place from May 2010–November 2011. The partners in the project were Subtopia (Sweden), Circus Development Agency CDA (UK), MiraMirO (Belgium) together with CircusInfo Finland.