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Support of creation for contemporary circus artists in Europe

CircusNext PLaTFoRM is a project for the development and promotion of a contemporary circus in Europe, providing financial, residential, mentoring and administrative support in creating shows and increasing the visibility of artists internationally. CircusNext has become a platform for the development of a contemporary circus in Europe.  Since 2001, the platform has supported 78 art groups from Europe, some of them have grown into the stars of the contemporary circus scene.

The “CircusNext” platform is made up of 22 european organisations among them since 2018 Carnaval Sztukmistrzów via Warsztaty Kultury w Lublinie. Now Polish artists and groups have a chance to pply for support in the program 2019 – 2021.

CircusNext Selection Process in 2019/2021

  1. Call for Projects + submitting applications online. (May – June 2019
  2. Local Jury reads and chooses 2 projects for further selection (July – August 2019)
  3. Pre-selection meeting in Paris (November 2019) – Members of the platform  choose 12 shortlisted projects for further selectio
  4. Selection week in May (13-15 May 2020)
  • Public presentation of 12 pre-selected projects in Neerpelt Belgium
  • International artistic Jury chooses 6 projects as laureates to be supported by the platform
  1. Artistic work of 6 laureates on the creation of their shows
  • 10,000 euros financial support each
  • residencies, work in progress presentations
  1. Final presentations of 6 laureates in Neerpelt, Belgium (March 2021)

CircusNext Platform project is funded by Creative Europe funds, through the sub-program of the platform, in the amount of 500.000,00 €. The project started on November 1, 2017 and ends on October 3, 2021. The project is co-ordinated by the Paris-based organization Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe, and partners in the project are La Brèche (FR), La Grainerie (FR), La Cascade (FR), Circuscentrum (BE), Espace Catastrophe (BE), Latitude 50 (BE), Subtopia (SE), Cirko (FI), Room 100 (HR), Cirkorama (HR), Circusfera (RS), Festival Perspectives (DE), Sarabanda (IT), Festival Circolo (NL), STAMP Festival (DE), Circus Futures (UK), Cirqueon (CZ), A Oficina (PT), Workshop of Culture in Lublin (PL), Tollhaus (DE), Teatro Didascalia (PT), Lithuanian Dance Information Centre (LT). 

More information: CIRCUS NEXT

The six laureates in 2018 were:

  • Joel Marti & Pablo Molina – Random (Spain),
  • Laura Murphy – Contra (United Kingdom),
  • Familiar Faces – Surface (the Netherlands),
  • Collectif Rafale – Sanctuaire Sauvage (Belgium),
  • Andrea Salustri – Polystyrene Research (Germany)
  • Mismo Nismo – NOise Circus (Slovenia).


The final presentation of the performances will take place in May 2019 in Paris.

Photos:  Milan Szypura – CircusNext

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 information contained therein.