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Circostrada is a European network for street arts and contemporary circus, dedicated to information, observation and professional exchanges. Representing today 65 members from 22 countries, the network is working to develop the structuring and recognition of these sectors in Europe. HorsLesMurs, French national information centre for street arts and circus arts, is the general secretariat of the network. Created in 1993 by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, it supports artistic activities through observation, documentation, training, expertise, research and publishing.


News of the network: 2014-2017 project


In this section, you will find a selection of updates on the circus and street arts, including upcoming festivals, recent publications, institutional news, calls for projects, as well as a great deal of other information.

FRESH STREET#1, September 9-10-11 2015, Barcelona/Tàrrega (Catalonia, Spain)

Discover the online pre-programme and start registering! 

From September 9 to 11 2015, Circostrada Network will organise in Barcelona and Tàrrega the first edition of FRESH STREET, European seminar on the development of street arts, in partnership with FiraTàrrega and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Catalonia and the Institut Ramon Llull. 

Find out the pre-programme with the names of the key witnesses and speakers attending this not-to-be-missed event of the sector. 

Registrations open to FRESH STREET#1 on FiraTàrrega website (Free registration subject to availability)

More news > N.I.C.E Award – A European Award for Innovations in Culture and Creativity

The Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (N.I.C.E) Award promotes innovation in culture and creative industries.

Every year, the call looked with a wide scope for cultural projects generating spillover effects. The topic for the year 2015 is « Solving the World’s Major Challenges - A Call for Innovations ».

Eligible projects to the N.I.C.E. Award can be single individuals, or organisations such as companies and public institutions or agencies, non-profit foundations as well as research institutions. 

Deadline to submit a project: July 1st 2015. More info here. 

Members’ News

Find here the current news of our members: workshops, festivals, seminars, publications or professional meetings. The members of Circostrada Network participate in the vitality of street arts and circus arts in Europe.

Members news > Croatian Circus Information Centre - Mala performerska scena publishes “Conversations on Circus Teaching”, by Finnish author Tomi Purovaara.

This new edition is one of the first attempts of outlining the current educational practices in the field of circus arts.

It contains a brief history of the evolution of various circus schools and a collection of interviews made in the course of one year, in five countries, with fourteen teachers, artistic directors and other key persons in circus education. 

The orders are available via e-mail. For more information please consult here.

Members news > Flemish Culture Prize rewards Circus artists for the first time!

Good news from Flanders!

After more than 10 years existence of the Flemish Culture Prizes (e.g. for theatre, dance, photography…) there is now also a Culture Prize for Circus. With this new award, the Minister of Culture explicitly recognizes the vivid and growing circus sector in Flanders. The laureate will be announced on Friday 26 June at the contemporary circus festival PERPLX (ex-Humorologie), member of Circostrada Network. 

Our Publications

You will find in this section our latest publications. You can download them free of charge in different langages (.pfd version). Previous publications may be downloaded from the section Presentation > Background.

Publication : Public Policies supporting Circus and Outdoor Arts in Europe. 8 European Profiles

Circostrada Network organized four European seminars for Policy Makers working in Arts Councils, Ministries in charge of Cultural Affairs or institutions promoting Arts & Culture abroad. The objectives were to give these officers and decision makers the opportunity to know more about political traditions and contexts in Europe and expose them to a series of policies and schemes made available to support the outdoor creation and contemporary circus.

These successful gatherings, organized each time in close partnership with a Member State, allowed experts to explore new connections, compare work methods and exchange good practices to provide the necessary conditions for a sustainable development of our emerging sectors.

This publication, commissioned to the researcher Cristina Farinha, is a first step in collecting information regarding existing support mechanisms, as interesting examples to inspire other European regions or countries.

You can download the publication here.


Under this heading, you will find the programme for upcoming activities organised by the network as well as events in which the network has officially taken part.

Events of the network


9-11 September 2015 - FRESH Street, in partnership with FiraTàrrega and with the support of the Department of Culture of the Catalan Government and Institut Ramon Llull (Barcelona/Tàrrega, Spain)

Don’t miss the first edition of FRESH Street - European seminar on the development of street arts - which will bring together more than 200 professionals, artists, policy makers and researchers from all over Europe for a key focus on Street Arts.

Find out very soon information on this network flagship event on our website!

July 31th - August 2nd 2015 - Summer University of the Network, in the framework of Spraoi Festival, and in partnership with ISACS - Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (Waterford City, Ireland)

Let’s meet for 3 days tailored program for an in-depth experience of the festival and of circus and street arts in Ireland, with exciting chats with artists and programmers, time for peer learning and discovering the Irish artistic trends. Summer university open to the members.

14-16 May 2015 - General Meeting of Circostrada Network in the framework of the festival of Cirko, Center for New Circus (Helsinki, Finland)

The next Circostrada General Meeting will take place in Helsinki in the frame of the 10th edition of Cirko Festival, organized by Cirko – Center for New Circus

It will gather members inside workshops, workgroups and plenary sessions to reflect on the network’s projects and discuss key issues for the development of our fields. This General Meeting will also offer an inspiring and warm environment to discover the Finnish local circus field and enjoy all together the artistic programme of Cirko festival!

20 March 2015 - Focus Meeting "Circus and music: from sound illustration to musical creation", Festival Spring (Cherbourg, France)

In the framework of Spring Festival organized by La Brèche - Pôle National des arts du cirque de Basse-Normandie/Cherbourg-Octeville and in relation with the Rencontre cirque proposed by Onda - Office national de diffusion artistique, Circostrada Network organized the first Focus Meeting of the network.

Looking at the relationship between circus and music, this meeting was the opportunity to analyse how these disciplines interact and influence each other inside circus creations. New format imagined by Circostrada Network, the Focus Meetings aim to develop in partnership with members of the network cross-sectorial topics. 

This meeting will be followed by a publication available online soon on our website.

6-8 March 2015 - SAWA #4 (Maribor, Slovenia).

It’s in Maribor, at the foot of the Slovenian mountains, where the 4th edition of the Street Arts Winter Academy took place. During 3 days, this seminar brought together 40 professionals and students through workshops focusing on the issue of training in street arts. It resulted in the creation of EFETSA - European Federation of Education and Training in Street Arts.

A publication on SAWA#4 is coming soon on Circostrada website.

8-9 February 2014 - a look back at the 4th edition of the "European Capitals of Culture and Circus Arts" seminar (Marseille, France)

The 4th seminar focusing on « European capitals of Culture and circus arts », held in Marseille last 8-9 of February has been a great success. It gathered 30 people with 6 former and future ECoCs represented to reflect on the place of contemporary circus in the program of the ECoCs.

This seminar took place in the frame of the first Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque which is the first event created during Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture to be continued in the long-term, offering during 1 month a wide range of contemporary circus world premieres shows.

A publication will be available soon on Circostrada website.

21 October 2014 - Off the Record Session - Festival Circa (Auch, France)
Off the record session with the FEDEC, in the framework of the CIRCA Festival in Auch, France: a meeting between circus schools and professionals on the issues of professionnal integration.

14-16 October 2014 - General Meeting - Village de cirque (Paris, France)
This General Meeting hosted by 2r2c in the framework of their annual festival “Village de cirque” kicked off the 2014-2017 program of activities of the network with creative workshops on key topics, a rich and diverse artistic program, and an conference entitled “Cooperation and Social and Solidarity Economy in the performing arts, a concrete process”, in partnership with UFISC and the Ville de Paris.

12 September 2014 - Off the Record Session - FiraTàrrega (Tàrrega, Spain)
Circostrada Network, in partnership with FiraTàrrega, proposed international presenters from and outside the network to meet and exchange information on on-going artistic works and future productions. This year, the session focused specifically on works developed by emerging artists.

Online Information

In this section you can find a list of links to useful online ressources providing contacts and documents.

Project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

Circostrada Network receives the support for European networks in the framework of the Creative Europe Programme (sub-program Culture) 2014-20120.

 Circostrada Network is coordinated by the centre of resources HorsLesMurs

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.