Since 1999, HorsLesMurs coordinats and animates Circostrada Network, a European partnership network which contributes to the dynamics of the developement of circus and street arts on a European scale. Supported by the European Union from 2000 to 2001 in the framework of the programme Connect and from 2003 to 2005 within the budget line A 30-42 of the European Parliament, HorsLesMurs has multiplied its international activities, notably thanks to the activities of its network Circostrada. Composed of four members in 1999 the network grew to 13 members in 2003, 33 in 2008 and counts 52 member organisations originating from greater Europe in 2011.
The originality of this network anchors in the divers nature of its members: information centres (HorsLesMurs - France, Sirkuksen Tiedotuskeskus – Finland, etc.), street arts and circus festivals (Ana Desetnica–International Street Theatre Festival – Slovenia, MiramirO – Belgium, etc...), venues and schools (La Villette – France, Subtopia – Sweden, etc.), representation structures (Circus Development Agency – UK, etc.), consultants or independent experts (Ute CLassen Kulturmanagement – Germany, etc.). All of these partners have been chosen because of their knowledge and expertise in street arts and circus, and their activities in favour of the developement of these sectors in the respective countries.
> Febuary 2009, Stradda Dossier #1 "Circus in Europe Avanti!" "Cirque en Europe Avanti" (no longer available)
> April 2009, Stradda Dossier #2 "Barcelona, the counterpoint", "Barcelone, le contrepoint" (no longer available)
> June 2009, Stradda Dossier #3 "Adventurous Terrains. Composing for and with the territory",
> August 2009, Stradda Dossier #4 "Beyond Walls, Sound"
> October 2009, Stradda Dossier #5 "Artists Speak Out"
> Febuary 2010, Dossier Stradda #6 "Danser l’espace"
> May 2010, Dossier Stradda # 7 "Magie nouvelle, the emergence of a contemporary art"
> October 2010, Stradda Dossier #8 “Artists’ impressions”,
> December 2010, Stradda Dossier #9, “How do you spell circus?”
> May 2008, "Festivals des arts de la rue et du cirque", directory in French
> July 2011, update of "Street arts and circus: professional organisations in Europe", guide in English
> September 2008, European two-day seminar, Fresh Circus, for the developement of contemporary circus on the occasion of POP’s, festival pour des arts turbulents, in Paris. Report in French and English.
> October 2009, Arts Writers & Circus Arts [vol. 1]
> August 2010 Arts Writers & Circus Arts [vol. 2] - focus on circus bodies
The organisation of seminars and conferences is vital for the developement of a common idea about the practice, the aesthetics and the challenges of street arts in Europe. They are generally organised in partnership with the festival that welcomes them. The speakers (10 in average) are either professionals or academics, all chosen for their knowledge in the topic of the meeting.
> September 2007: one-day-conferece Diversity of Street Arts in Europe as part of the festival FiraTàrrega.
> September 2008: european seminar Fresh Circus for the development of contemporary circus as part of the Pop’s Festival, at the Parc de la Villette.
> June 2009 : Arts Writers & Circus Arts 1, Paris, France. Seminar for journalists, editors and critics in partnership with the festival Des auteurs, des cirques (Parc de la Villette, Paris) and the festival Solstice (Théâtre Firmin-Gémier, Antony).
> May 2010: Arts Writers & Circus Arts 2, Helsinki, Finland. Seminar for journalists, editors and critics in the framework of the Cirko festival.
> January 2011: European Seminar for Public Policy Makers (Arts Councils Officers), London, UK. Seminar for policy makers as part of the London International Mime Festival, with the support of Crying Out Loud and Arts Council England.
> Febuary 2011: Street Arts Winter Academy, in Pokljuka (Slovenia) in partnership with the festival Ana Desetnica.
> May 2011: European Seminar for Public Policy Makers (Arts Councils Officers), Helsinki, Finland.
> November / December 2011: Seminar for Secretary Generals of organisations active at European level in the field of Culture; Valetta, Malta
> April 2012: Fresh Circus #2, European seminar on the sustainable developpement of circus arts, Paris, France, on the occasion of the Focus Cirque (Institut Français) and the festival Hautes Tensions (La Villette).
The organisation of three professional meetings per year helps coproducers and bookers from different countries to get in touch with artists. An average of thirty professionals takes part in the reunions; part of the transportation and hotel costs are being covered. A first meeting is held in spring, a second one during the summer, and a third one in autumn, always in the framework of a cultural event. The members choose themselves where the meetings in the following year are going to take place. The meetings are held on two consecutive days. The informal moments outside meetings are very much appreciated by the members.
Circostrada Network has organised the following meetings for its members and colleague organisations:
> November 2005 on the occasion of the inauguration of La brèche in Cherbourg (France)
> January 2006 on the occasion of the festival Janvier dans les étoiles in La Seyne sur Mer (France)
> May 2006 on the occasion of the festival Trapezi in Reus (Espagne)
> March 2007 on the occasion of the festival La Piste aux espoirs in Tournai (Belgium)
> May 2007 on the occasion of the festival Circo Circolo in Liempde (Netherlands)
> September 2007 on the occasion of the festival FiraTàrrega in Tarrega (Spain)
> May 2008 on the occasion of the festival Leuven in scene in Louvain (Belgium) ;
> September 2008 on the occasion of the festival "Pop’s, festival pour des arts turbulents" in Paris (France).
> April 2009 on the occasion of the festival City Circ in London (UK)
> August 2009, seminar on professional organisations in Europe on the occasion of the festival ViaThea in Görlitz (Germany)
> November 2009 on the occasion of the festival Novog Cirkusa in Zagreb (Croatia)
> May 2010 on the occasion of Subcase in Stockholm (Sweden)
> August 2010: on the occasion of Festival Theater op de Markt in Hasselt (Belgium)
> May 2011: on the occasion of Cirko festival in Helsinki (Finland)
> July 2011: ’ETC - Explore Third Countries’, satellite meeting on the occasion of the festival Montréal Complètement Cirque, Montreal (Quebec, Canada)
> August 2011: Festival Letni Letna in Prague (Czech Republic)
> Feb / March 2012: ’ETC - Explore Third Countries’, satellite meeting in Australia on the occasion of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Australian Performing Arts Market.
> July 2012: Network meeting in Glasgow (UK) on the occasion of Surge Festival
> October 2012: Network meeting in Auch (France) on the occasion of the CIRCa festival