Interconnected in Culture for a Stronger Ecosystem
More than just a circus – Strategic Youth and Social Circus
The «More than just a circus» Thoulathy³ is composed of:
The partner organisations joined together in this partnership with their need to reflect on and to develop the actual structures of their organisation in order to create sustainable organisational structures and processes.
By joining our expertise through the Thoulathy³ programme, we aim to broaden cultural awareness about each organisation. Through this cooperation we will increase the connections between our three circus schools and foster a reciprocity in knowledge, experience and best practices. As a result, we will achieve autonomy enabling us to be active in local economic and social development bringing to life the famous saying of “Thinking global and acting local”.
Our specificity as youth and social circuses raises similar questions and challenges, regarding topics such as coordination between manager and circus trainers, sustainability, income generating activities and awareness on psycho-social impacts of circus work. We believe that each organisation has developed strong tools to engage with these themes based on each context of work and explore how they can resonate in other contexts. This cooperation will not only provide us the space to acknowledge the solutions and good practices that each of us have developed, but most importantly we will be able to share, discuss and reflect on them.
Youth and social circus represents an innovative field at the crossroad between youth and artistic work. The positive impact of social circus on participants’ development and well-being, as well as for community empowerment and social transformation has been widely demonstrated. However, as youth and social circus organisations we remain marginalised within our national contexts, that is why the international cooperation project is essential because it allows us to be part of a community of practice, improve the quality of our work and learn new pathways of organisation and thinking forward.