A New Strategic Partnership!!
However, critical analyses and international reports highlight a gap in intercultural, reflective skills and awareness about power sharing dynamics that shape the relationship among circus trainers, the managing staff of circus organisations, and the communities and participants with whom they engage.
This is an Erasmus Plus Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices project funded by the European Commission, that convenes a Strategic Partnership in the field of education, training and youth. The project aims to promote intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and social inclusion by expanding the skills of social circus trainers working with youth from migrant, refugee and ethnic minority backgrounds. Through the engagement of practice-led and arts-based research, it will develop and disseminate a training programme of innovative skills and best practices of intercultural dialogue necessary for effective anti-racism and social inclusion interventions, for circus youth workers, trainers and organisations.
Our Kick-Off Meeting, in Brussels, Sept
L-R: Alice Feldman UCD, Zef Berisaj, Ilaria Bessone, Ophelie Mercier, Olga Sorzano, Silja Kyytinen; Matthias Vermael (centre), Shadi Zmorrod (front)
Social circus is an innovative field of youth work, whereby social circus trainers operate as youth workers through the tools of circus arts. The positive impacts of social circus on participants’ development and well-being, on community empowerment and social transformation have been highlighted by extensive research.
Zaltimbanq, (Coordinating Partner, Luxembourg), Altro Circo (Italy)
Caravan Circus Network (Belgium), Circusplaneet (Belgium),
Sirkus Magenta (Finland), Skala (Slovenia), the Palestinian Circus School (Palestine) and
MA Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies in association with the UCD School of Sociology
and UCD Parity Studios