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Circostrada Network

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.


Job offer: Communications and project manager for Circostrada Network


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.

It is with a profound sorrow and a deep shock that does not fade away that members of the network have learned the death of Georg Daxner, founder and director of the Winterfest festival in Salzburg, Austria, member of Circostrada.
We honor and remember his intelligence, his vision, his force of conviction and his sense of sharing, that he demonstrated again very recently inside the Steering Committee of the network that was involved in the last and successful European application of Circostrada.
It is a real loss for the circus field in Europe, and we hope that the foundations that he contributed to build in Austria will go on. Our thoughts especially go to his family and his wife.


Circostrada selected in the framework of Creative Europe!

Circostrada is very happy to announce that it was one of the 22 European networks selected for European co-funding through the call for projects "networks" of the Creative Europe programme.

In the framework of his new 3 year project (2014-2017), the network will develop a broad spectrum of activities such as European seminars, international cooperation, meetings, creative workshops and studies. Audience development, innovation, advocacy and observation will be amongst the key topics developed by the network.

Find out more about the network’s missions and future activities on the dedicated "Missions" page.

A new coordinator:

Anne-Louise Cottet has been appointed coordinator of the Circostrada network since April 1st 2014. You can contact her 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.

La Central del Circ: 2 international open calls for artists (Spain)

La Central del Circ is currently proposing two international open calls:

Call for projects by La Central del Circ and Deltebre Dansa to support the creation of a choreographic circus show:
It is aimed to professional circus artists or companies both national and international. The show must have a minimum running time of 50 minutes. La Central del Circ and Deltebre Dansa Festival will monitor the creation process and they reserve the right to cancel its public exhibition.
Find out the call features as well as the application form on this link.

Call for projects by La Central del Circ and Antic Teatre to support the creation of a new, small-scale circus show based on innovation:
In the interest of encouraging contemporary performing arts creation, La Central del Circ and Antic Teatre are joining forces to support a circus creation project based on research and the development of new interdisciplinary languages by backing an innovative performance concept that goes beyond the conventional, avoiding established methodologies, techniques and resources.
Find out the call features as well as the application form on this link.

Applications are open for both calls until November 7th 2014.

Cafe de les artes teatro: Contemporary Circus Season Nov.12th - Dec. 14th 2014

Cafe De Las Artes Teatro (Santander, Spain) organises its 3rd European Meeting of contemporary circus and physical theater of Santander: "En La Cuerda Floja", November 12th - December 14th, 2014.

In that framework, 3 workshops will take place with teachers Kim Langlet, Guillaume Martinet, and Emiliano Sanchez Alessi.

Find out all about these workshops here as well as the artistic program.


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


27-29 June 2014 - General Meeting - Festival Humorologie (Kortrijk, Belgium)

12 September 2014 - Off the Record Session - FiraTàrrega (Tàrrega, Spain)
Circostrada Network, in partnership with FiraTàrrega, proposes international presenters from and outside the network to meet and exchange information on on-going artistic works and future productions. This year, the session focuses specifically on works developed by emerging artists.
September 12th from 12:30 to 13:30 at the Auditorium PRO in La Ljota (limited capacity).

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.

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.

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.

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