To be a member is a commitment to attend meetings on a regular basis and contribute to the work of the platform, co-designing actions to be led by the General Secretariat and the members.
The French national information centre HorsLesMurs presently assumes the role of General Secretariat of the network. All decisions related to the actions of Circostrada Network are taken by consensus.
Members must satisfy the following criteria:
> Be a professional organisation recognised within their own country for their general contribution to the development of circus and/or outdoor arts sector(s)
> Be knowledgeable about the status of contemporary in the circus and/or outdoor arts sector(s) of their own country
> Demonstrate a long-term commitment to the strategic development of circus and/or outdoor arts
> Demonstrate an interest in collaboration with international organisations
> Agree with the missions of the network (advocacy, professional exchange, information sharing)
> Demonstrate an interest in participating in the work planned by the network and implemented by the general secretariat and the members
> Artistic companies and agencies cannot be members unless they can prove that they represent a recognised network of artists, artistic companies or arts organisations in their country
> An organisation wanting to join the Circostrada Network has to express its interest by sending an application form to the Advisory Committee (email@example.com)
> The Advisory Committee will evaluate the application using the membership criteria and then validate the membership
> The membership is official when the organisation participates in a general meeting for the second time
> An organisation that fails to attend three consecutive general meetings may lose its membership – the Advisory Committee will rule on each case
> There is no fee payable to be a member of the network
The issue of welcoming rules and membership has been tackled by members and new comers during past meetings. The General Secretariat HorsLesMurs receives more and more informal applications from organisations active in the fields of street arts and circus, which are working on the development of international cooperation projects, keen to participate in our activities.
An internal working group has been working on membership criteria and regulations. This working group was composed of: Subtopia (Sweden) – La Cascade (France) – HorsLesMurs (France) – Articulation (UK) – FiraTarrega (Spain) – Cirkoskop (Czech Republic) – Theater op de Markt (Belgium)
Key aspects of the network