April 18th, 2019

Open call for CircusNext projects

Logo Circus Next 30.03_(sans_point)

European contest to financially support innovative circus projects

Open Call for Projects 2019-2021

APPLY  (deadline: 7 June 2019)

What are the benefits of being a CircusNext artist? 

For laureates and shortlisted artists:

– Support throughout your creation process
• Creation residencies
• Work-in-progress presentations
• Follow up by circusnext team and platform members

– High visibility, networking and touring opportunities

For laureates:

– Financial support: creation grant

  • Presentation of works-in-progress
  • More visbility: Public Presentations in Paris in front of a large number of professionals


Eligibility Criteria

who can apply, with what & where?

Who can apply?
• emerging circus creators
• residents in Europe and over 18 years old
• individuals or companies (no legal structure required when applying)
• not currently studying in a circus school but no circus degree required
• no previous laureates of Jeunes Talents Cirque /circusnext awards

What projects?
• a circus creation in progress
• no premiere planned in Europe before the Public Presentations in Paris (Jan. 2021)

Where can one apply?
• only in one European country
• in the country where the project is most ”rooted”

Caution, if your project gets shortlisted
• Candidates should be available for the selection week in Neerpelt and the Public Presentations in Paris.
• Shortlisted authors will be asked to present a short work-in-progress for the selection week.

Emergence criteria

• who is considered as an emerging creator?

Applicants must:
• apply with their 1ST or 2ND professional creation project
• not have received any important creation subsidy from
a public body for any of their previous creation projects
• not have toured significantly at European/international
level with their previous creation projects

• emergence criteria apply to all artists considered as authors of the creation project. An ensemble with one artist/author considered as non-emerging would be ineligible.
• outside eye of the project: if not emerging, should not be co-author.

Selection criteria

• on which basis is a project selected?
• Originality of the project
• Coherence & relevance of the project
• Quality of the performance skills
• Ability to bring the project to fruition

Selection Process – Timeline

  • mid-April -> mid -June 2019 – open call
  • mid-June -> October – national selections
  • November -> European preselection of 12 shortlisted applications
  • 11-15 May 2020 – Final selection of 6 laureates
  • January 2021 – Public Presentations in Paris of the 6 laureates


More about circusnext platform and its members: www.circusnext.eu

Circusnext coordination team – Paris, FR
info@circusnext.eu / +33 (0)1 43 40 48 60

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Supported by the French Ministry of Culture, Ville de Paris, Région Île-de-France, SACD and Institut Français

Contact and information in Poland: 

Workshops of Culture in Lublin
Ludic Culture and Arts Department
contact: marta.kuczynska@sztukmistrze.eu