The partners

Le Palc, Pôle national cirque Châlons en Champagne (France) - the lead partner

Le Palc is a national centre of Circus production that is a French ministry label. After three years of prefiguration, Le Palc was awarded the label "Pôle National Cirque" by the Ministry of Culture in 2019. It aims to be a reference centre for circus innovation for professionals in the circus world.
Le Palc is part of a desire to encourage the structuring of the circus discipline, to support its artistic development and to bring this field to the widest possible audience. It participates in the renewal of artistic forms and aesthetics of the circus, thanks in particular to the gathering of 13 reference establishments active in supporting the creation, production and distribution of the circus arts on French territory.
In this way, Le Palc is working to develop new forms of circus axes. The first one is to support contemporary circus creators providing them a workspace, a financial contribution, a direct support for personnel and technical equipment and logistical support.
The second axis of Le Palc’s work is to present and support through residencies, artistic works, especially contemporary circus in public space. Its final axis is dedicated to educational and artistic actions in connection with schools, inhabitants and circus artists.Each year, the Palc accompanies around fifty creation and distribution projects through various events, including the Furies festival, a national and international reference for performing art in public space.
Le Palc is newly part of the Circostrada network.

ROOM 100, Split (Croatia)

It is an internationally awarded contemporary circus collective from Split founded by Antonia Kuzmanić and Jakov Labrović in 2010. ROOM 100 produces and distributes contemporary circus performances and other artistic works of the collective, manages HALA 100 – residency venue for research in contemporary circus art, hosts international contemporary circus artists for performances, residencies and workshops, brings contemporary circus to smaller island communities and cities in Dalmatian hinterland through the project “Circus on the periphery ” and implements a number of other projects for the development of the audience in the contemporary circus sector. From 2022, ROOM 100 is coordinating the first national circus platform in Croatia gathering key organisations working in the sector. The platform responds to the challenges faced by organisations and artists working in the sector through various forms of program exchange and cooperation and the transfer of knowledge and experience among members.

Bússola (Portugal)

Bússola works in multidisciplinary domains for the cultural and creative market, with a mission to support the planning, funding and strategy of artistic and cultural projects applied to contemporary times. Considering all stages in the value chain of artistic creation and programming, Bússola collaborates with private organisations, artists and government entities for the strategic development and design of cultural projects. In close connection with the public space and unconventional presentation contexts, is one of the active agents in the development of outdoor arts and contemporary circus arts in Portugal. Transversely, develops projects and actions as strategic and programming consulting, planning and development of cultural projects, with special focus on international circuits, stimulating new trends, languages, positioning contexts and research. At the educational and audience development level, encourage new creative challenges capable of stimulating the critical spirit and artistic abilities of new generations. Bússola is co-organiser of LEME festival, coordinator of Outdoor Arts Portugal platform, that strategically advocates for circus and street arts in Portugal, member of Circostrada Network, IETM, NICE Network and associate member of IN SITU platform.

Helsingør Teater (Helsingor- Denmark)

Helsingør Teater presents 400 activities every year and organises PASSAGE Festival, one of the largest international street theatre festivals in Northern Europe. Helsingør Teater is a member of several European and Nordic networks and programmes, including The Creative Europe Programme, Erasmus+, Circostrada, Perform Europe, Nordic Baltic Circus Network, and Danish Contemporary Circus. Within the Copenhagen greater region, Helsingør Teater has been a part of strategic development collaborations with Sweden since 2004. Since 2018, Helsingør Teater has overseen the artistic programme and development of SO Festival in the UK, supported by Arts Council England. Local relevance, collaboration, public accessibility and high artistic quality is the cornerstone of all activities. Helsingør Teater presents artistic programmes in a collaborative strategic effort with social housing organisations and municipalities, presenting new formats of non-language based performing arts in social housing areas that engage local communities with no cultural experience in the artistic process. Helsingør Teater has developed sustainable strategies within a Nordic cooperation, for a transversal distribution of international artistic work to other sectors such as tourism, commerce, businesses and others.

Associated partners

ARTCENA, National Centre for Circus, Street and Theatre Arts (FR)
The Centre national des arts du cirque (FR)
The French Institute
The Furies festival(FR)
The Municipality of Ilhavo and LEME festival (PT)