Objectives of the working group
> Give the opportunity to participants to understand more about political traditions and contexts in Europe
> Expose them to a series of policies and schemes made available to support the street arts and circus
> Discuss the impacts of such programmes on the structuring and development of the sectors
> Allow them to participate in thematic discussions on European cooperation projects
> Provide the necessary conditions for a deep reflection on further exchanges between (sub) national bodies
> Invite them to attend a series of international performances
> Foster intercultural dialogue and valorise cultural diversity in the EU
> Create and foster opportunities for officers to explore new connections, but also expand their skills and knowledge for a renewed and sustainable arts environment
> Compare and contrast each one’s own working tools with those of other professionals
The next seminar for Public Policy Makers officers will be held in July 2013 in Gent (Belgium) during the MiramirO festival.
More information to be published soon.
> 11th of April 2012 in Paris (France)
Representatives of different European countries were invited to focus on the strategies and support schemes for circus arts. It was the opportunity to present to the officers several examples of European cooperation projects co-financed by the European Commission through different support schemes.
> May 2011 in Helsinki (Finland), May 2011
Theme: Children and young people / Mobility
> January 2011 in London (UK)
European Seminar for Public Policy Makers: Policies and Support Schemes for the Street Arts and Circus Sectors in Europe
Circostrada Network and Arts Council England organised in partnership with Crying Out Loud and in the framework of the London International Mime Festival a European seminar for Arts Councils officers which took place in London, 20 – 22 January 2011.
The seminar welcomed officers from national bodies (e.g. Ministries in charge of cultural affairs), subnational bodies (e.g. regional Arts Councils) and from bodies promoting and supporting the exportation of street arts and circus companies out of their home countries (e.g. Pro Helvetia, British Council).
As part of the working process, each institution provided its policies for street arts and circus and a detailed description of the support schemes available for circus and street artists (whether they are entirely dedicated to them or available for the performing arts in general). These documents are available in the seminar reader, prepared in advance as material to be discussed by officers.