Annual red-thread

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Spark - cross-sectoral laboratory

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Fresh - international event for contemporary circus and outdoor arts

Flagship events of the network, “FRESH CIRCUS” and “FRESH STREET” are international seminars that aim to improve the development and recognition of circus and street arts in Europe and across the world.

The FRESH seminars are organised every year and are unmissable events that bring together the entire sector, including programmers, artists, producers, policy makers, trainers, researchers and journalists. 

These seminars bring together people who take part in and help develop contemporary circus and street arts, and who are looking to contribute to this exchange platform and collectively explore new areas and topics. Following these seminars, concrete proposals are made and featured in a dedicated online publication.

Research trips

Each year, a study programme is organised for members in a country outside Europe so that they get to know new markets, develop collaborative opportunities, and exchange knowledge and skills.

These programmes provide a basis for members to meet local stakeholders, discover artistic programming and take part in exchanges and idea-sharing workshops.

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General meetings

Twice a year, General Meetings are held so that members can exchange ideas, develop projects and discuss the network’s strategic direction.  

They are organised in the frame of cultural events or festivals organised by members and create an opportunity to meet professionals from various regions in Europe, discover artistic programming and the work of local artists, explore potential collaborations and gain a better understanding of the host country’s cultural context

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CS Lab

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CS Lab are three days to trigger innovation. We, street arts and circus professionals, work with creative people – artists – but are we enough creative ourselves? How do we adapt to change? How can we be more creative to design new types of partnerships, new business models, new working processes, new work organisations?

The CS Lab will try thinking differently, by understanding how innovation (both individual and collective) is fostered and nurtured in other organizations outside the arts world. We will also imagine possible links to be created between the business world and circus arts / street arts. We will be curious, daring, we might even step out of our comfort zone ! By creating a dedicated space of experimentation, the CS Labs offers to members of Circostrada a time to think differently, to reflect and question their way of working. Experts, special guests and persons from outside world arts will help participants to nurture their reflexion by testing new tools and methods. 

CS LAB are build in partnership with a Circostrada members, during a 3-day seminars organized for Circostrada members and outside professionals, involving: lectures by out-of-the-cultural-field specialists, experience of collective creative working workshops, time and environment for individual work.