What is Social Circus?

Social Circus might be described as..

The transformative power of circus connects education, physical art and social development. Social Circus is more than teaching circus skills: it is a tool for transformation, discipline, creativity and artistic expression.

In its modern form, “Circus” has gone beyond mere entertainment: play and circus arts are tools for teaching social skills, overcoming trauma and developing essential capacities and the ability to take responsibility.

Social Circus shows the power of the arts as a tool for human development and social change.

Social Circus is a form of Kinestetic Education.

Social Circus nurtures a creative environment where young people can access quality arts training, learn how to share these skills in their own community, benefit from social support, develop their creativity and life-skills.

Social Circus is accessible to all – participants don’t need to have literacy skills to take part and fully engage. It is free at the point of access. It works effectively with the poorest people but empowers them to engage, learn, play, laugh, join a group, share their skills and do things as a team across social boundaries. It feeds back positive energy into their community.

Some values shared by Social Circus projects might include:

Gender Equality
Learning through Play

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Links to useful resources

If you know of resources or social circuses that we don’t list below, then please tell us about them by using the Comments at the bottom of this page. We are sure there are more great things happening than we know about.  Thank you.

Social Circus Map Social Circus Map – Cirque du Soleil Canada

Social Circus Day 2016 https://www.socialcircusday.org/


Caravan Circus Network | Changing lives through circus Europe

Asian Social Circus Association « Connecting Circus From Canberra To Kabul

https://ghrp.ubc.ca/research/current-research-projects/social-circus-and-health-equity/ Social Circus and Health Equity


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