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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.


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.

European Union: new Work Plan for Culture 2015-2018 adopted

Meeting in Brussels on 25 November EU Ministers of Culture agreed on a new Work Plan for Culture, setting out the priorities for European cooperation in cultural policy-making for the next four years.

The Work Plan for Culture (2015-2018) addresses key challenges faced by cultural organisations and small and medium sized enterprises in the creative sector at national and EU level in the context of globalisation and digitisation.

Find out more about the 2015-2018 Work Plan for Culture here.

CALLS: 2nd call for European platforms

The 2nd call for European cooperation projects is now open (deadline: February 15, 2015).

Find here the projects selected in the different strands (cooperation projects, networks, platforms and literary translation), along with useful information on the success rate and number of of applications by country.

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.

Public presentation of Circus Next Laureates, December 19-21 2014, Théâtre de la Cité Internationale (Paris, France)

In December 2014, CircusNext laureates are invited to show a finalized extract of their work in professional conditions. These presentations are the result of a first period of work and writing, before a new phase of completion of the projects takes place. The main public presentations will take place at the Theatre de la Cité Internationale, check out the programme here!

More information on the websites of Circus Next and the Theatre de la Cité Internationale.

"Making Work of Quality" conference and Promoters Meeting in London January 2015, co-organised by Circus Futures

Conference "Making Work of Quality", January 14th 2015, London (UK)
Circus Futures in association with London International Mime Festival and The National Theatre’s Watch This Space Festival present a one day conference for promoters, programmers, funders and artists to discuss how to support the making of quality performance work in circus and outdoor arts in the UK. The day offers the opportunity to discuss a number of topics including the type of assistance festivals and venues can offer to emerging and established companies, case studies on working partnerships that have enabled performances of quality to flourish - and a few honest moments about what to do when the gap in perceptions of quality between companies and promoters widely differ. Chaired by Orit Azaz.
Venue: Temporary Theatre at the National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

Delegates are encouraged to view Black Regent by CircusNext Laureates Knights of the Invisible (UK) Iona Kewney and Joseph Quimby at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Rooms on January 13th 2015. Circus Futures hosted a CircusNext Residency for this company in 2013. Details about the show can be found here.

Promoters Meeting, January 13th 2015, London (UK)

A session from 2pm to 6pm to enable Promoters to discuss and share UK and international circus work that they are interested in commissioning or programming. These sessions allow programmers to have “in camera” discussions about work they are planning to present and companies they are supporting. Attenders will also be offered free tickets for the performance of Black Regent and dinner.

To attend either session please contact the UK & ROI Co-organiser Circus Futures Verena Cornwall at
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England – Lottery Funded
This project has been funded with support from the European Union

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


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

Meeting open to the members of Circostrada. 3 days of meetings, workshops and artistic program!

March 2015 - Focus Meeting "circus arts and music: how does pluridisciplinarity enrich the aesthetics?", Festival Spring (Cherbourg, France) (subject to modification)

This Focus Meeting is organised in partnership with La Brèche (Cherbourg) in the framework of its festival Spring, March 7 to 31st 2015. 

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

This 4th Street Arts Winter Academy, a working seminar on the issue of training in street arts on a European scale, will be hosted by one of the partners, Ana Desnetica, in Maribor, Slovenia. Learn more about these seminars on the dedicated section of our website.

8-9 February 2014 - 4th Seminar "European Capitals of Culture and Circus Arts" (Marseille, France)
This seminar is organised by Circostrada Network, Circo Circolo and HorsLesMurs, in partnership with the Pôle des Arts du Cirque Méditerranée and the MuCEM. 4th seminar organised on this theme since 2011, adressed to teams from past, present and future ECoCs, it will take place during the 1st Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque - Marseille Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur. Seminar open on invitation only, for more information thank you for contacting the coordinator. Learn more about these seminars on the dedicated section of our 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, 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 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.

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