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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 59 members from 21 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.


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.

Invitation to the public meeting: “Cooperation and social and solidarity economy in the performing arts, a concrete process’”.

Wednesday October 15th 2014, Townhall of the 12th District, Paris.
A meeting co-organized by 2r2c and the UFISC, in partnership with the City of Paris, in the framework of the General Meeting of Circostrada hosted in Paris by 2r2c October 14-16 2014. 

As territorial dynamics are recomposed and social and cultural practices are changing in a spirit of openness towards Europe and the international scene, artistic and cultural initiatives are developing new cooperation processes. Numerous and varied, these initiatives help defend cultural diversity and fundamental rights. New forms of partnership are emerging. In line with the search for a social and solidarity-based economy, they take the form of collective associations, territorial centers of economic cooperation or cooperative groups. As they set in motion, they work to define new standards, with the notion of culture as a common good.

How do these initiatives create partnerships with territorial players (universities, public policy makers, businesses, social players…) and citizens? How do they build a social cultural economy on a European scale?

We invite you to this public meeting that will allow, after an introductory lecture , to put into perspective in concrete terms these questions through several stories of artistic and cultural initiatives (artistic collective, cooperation center, European experience). These exchanges will be completed and put into discussion by the analysis of experts engaged in the assistance of European projects. 

Invited speakers:
Laurent Fraisse, researcher at the CRIDA and founding member of the “LABO de l’ESS”
Colin Lemaitre, coordinator and director of “Culture et coopération”
Alain Seradin, member of the artistic collective Galapiat in Brittany
Myriam Stoffen, head of project “La Zinneke Parade” in Brussels
Mélanie Fioleau, coordinator of the "Fabrique des impossibles"
Laurence Barone, political analyst at Relais Culture Europe

Moderated by Stephanie Thomas
, of the Fédélima, member of the network Live DMA.

Wednesday October 15th 2014
9h30-12h at the Townhall of the 12th district of Paris

130 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris (subway Daumesnil / Gare de Lyon)
 Access to the townhall : click here
 Doors open at 9h30 - For more information:

 Download here the presentation of the meeting.


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.


With new members joining the network in 2014, Circostrada now gathers 63 organisations in 22 countries, from Europe and abroad!

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.

SeaChange Arts Circus & Street Arts Symposium ‘importing knowledge, exporting talent’ - September 18-19, Great Yarmouth (UK)

SeaChange Arts in partnership with Circus Futures host their first annual major circus and street arts symposium as part of the 2014 Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts. 
As one of the UK’s leading international collaborators, SeaChange presents a symposium programme of leading producers, promoters and artists. Together delegates and panels will explore ways in which the UK circus and street arts sector can learn from each other and from international colleagues to develop practice, opportunities and partnerships. 
Click here for more information and to register.

Subtopia: Next Subcase 11-14 February 2015, call for artistic companies open (Sweden)

The 11-14 of February 2015 Subcase Subtopia Circus Fair takes place for the 7th time! Subcase is a Nordic showcase and market place for contemporary circus. Last year it was visited by 140 programmers, professionals and journalists from 23 countries. Among the delegates were professionals from Norden, Europe, Canada, Argentina and Australia. Altogether 33 Nordic artistic companies took part.
The call, reserved for companies from the Nordic countries, is open for the 2015 edition until September 12th.
You will find all the information and the form to register on the website of Subtopia.

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


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 will focus specifically on works developed by emerging artists.
September 12th from 12:30 to 13:30 at the Auditorium PRO in La Ljota (limited capacity).
Upon invitation only - for more information please contact the coordinator.

14-16 October 2014 - General Meeting - Village de cirque (Paris, France)
This next General Meeting hosted by 2r2c in the framework of their annual festival “Village de cirque” will kick 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. More information on this open conference very soon on the 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.

December 2014 - Focus Meeting - Winterfestival Tollwood (München, Germany)
Focus meeting on green international mobility with On the Move, in the framework of the Winterfestival of Tollwood, Germany : meeting with a partner network to reflect on cross-sectorial issues.

Online Information

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

Body active at European level in the field of culture

Circostrada Network has received the support for bodies active at the European level in the field of culture (category networks) in the framework of European programme Culture 2007-2013. 

 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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