Coordination and gouvernance



Circostrada is based in Paris and coordinated by the national centre for circus and street arts and theatre ARTCENA, (Centre National des Arts du Cirque, de la Rue et du Théâtre). Chaired by Lionel Massétat and led by Gwénola David, ARTCENA helps professionals implement projects and build the future of circus, street arts and theatre.

ARTCENA was created in 2016, when HorsLesMurs, a co-founder of the network, joined forces with the French national theatre centre (Centre National du Théâtre), and is supported by the French Ministry of Culture. 

It is an organisation that brings together and produces resources for contemporary circus and street arts and shares its skills and knowledge with Circostrada. It supports the coordination team on administrative, social, financial, accounting and fiscal issues and also shares its expertise through consulting, training, communication, publication and knowledge dissemination.

To contact the coordination team, visit the Contact page.

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Twice a year, the network brings its members together and invites them to share their experiences, exchange ideas, attend a festival and learn more about the local context in the host country while inviting them to participate in projects developed by internal working groups. 


All network activities are planned, designed and carried out by internal working groups, made up of network members. Each working group is tasked with developing a specific project related to the network’s areas of interest and its programme of actions. Each group is responsible for its own project, defining its aims and working methodology, according to a general framework set by the coordination team. Each group is led by one or two people, who work closely with the coordination team to provide support and resources, tailored to the needs of each project.

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Circostrada operates according to a principle of collaborative governance, enshrined by a steering committee created in 2014. The steering committee is appointed by the members of the network and works in close collaboration with the coordination team to define, develop and implement the network's strategy. It is also responsible for considering new membership applications.

The steering committee and the coordination team meet at bi-annual general meetings and at a special meeting organised each year on the fringes of network events. 

The steering committee is elected by the members of the network for a three-year term and can be re-elected once. It consists of eight members, including ARTCENA, which is a permanent member.




      • Evaluating new member applications
      • Participating in the internal governance of the network 
      • Contributing to the planning and running of activities
      • Ensuring that activities are consistent with the values of the network
      • Defining the strategic development of Circostrada
      • Giving a voice to members and supporting them throughout their career with the network
      • Disseminating information from the network to all countries represented by committee members 
      • Representing the network at professional events


      The steering committee is currently composed of the following members:

      • Bruno Costa

        Bruno Costa is Codirector of Bússola, a Portuguese organization with a mission to support strategic development of artistic and cultural projects. He has a master’s degree in management for the Creative Industries with academic research based on the international mobility of artists, with a special focus on outdoor arts. Currently he is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies, with research about the European cultural identity. Over the last years he has collaborated in several projects as cultural strategy and artistic programming consultant, as well focusing cooperation projects at national and international levels (coordination of BETA CIRCUS). 

      • Antonia Kuzmanić

        Antonia Kuzmanic is the artistic leader of contemporary circus collective ROOM 100 (Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe laureate 2009-2010), residency venue HALA 100 and contemporary circus festival Peculiar Families Festival, both based in Split, Croatia. She started back in 2008 as a self-taught performing artist (contortion and acrobatics) and moved to the production, distribution and development of contemporary circus arts in Croatia and the Balkan region in 2015. ROOM 100 is member of circusnext platform and CIRCUS WITHOUT CIRCUS project.

      • Kiki Mukkonnen

        Kiki Muukkonen is Artistic Director of the circus department of the Swedish cultural centre Subtopia, where she has developed its activities since 2008. She manages national and international programming, international relations, residencies and support programs for artists, and has over the years taken part in several international and European cooperation projects. In 2009, she founded the Nordic circus showcase Subcase, which has taken place in ten editions. In 2017, she founded the festival CirkusMania, which is intended to run its 3rd edition next year, in collaboration with a large number of venues around the whole Stockholm region. 

      • Māra Pāvula

        Mara Pavula is the Director of Rigas cirks. After graduation of Master of International artistic cooperation in Paris in 2015 where she researched the strategies for contemporary circus development in Baltic states, Mara has returned to Latvia to work towards the development of contemporary circus in Latvia, by producing events and regularly writing articles about circus for different media in Baltics and abroad. She is also the founder of Sansusi well-being residency program and has been working as a producer for festival Re Riga since 2013. 

      • Mike Ribalta

        Mike Ribalta is the head of the Department of Professionals of FiraTàrrega since 2002, as such, he is in charge of the direction of the Performing Arts Market and the professional activities programme. He is member of the team responsible for the international co-operation strategy of Fira and acts as coordinator of the European and International cultural cooperation projects in which the FiraTàrrega is involved. He has piloted several other international projects, conferences and seminars, on behalf of FiraTàrrega, such as the Creative Europe projects (UN)Common Spaces (2020-204), CASA (2015-2017), TransAC/Meridians (2011-2013), or the Euroregion project CaRRer (2014-2015).

      • Irene Segura

        Originally from Barcelona, Irene Segura leads on International Relations and Artist Development at XTRAX, a leading outdoor arts development organisation based in the UK. She works with a wide range of artists and festivals on the Without Walls commissioning and touring program, co-devises and delivers international projects with partners across the globe and leads on the development of several sector-focused strategic activities.  

      • Gwénola David

        Gwénola David is Managing Director of ARTCENA – The French National Centre for Circus Arts, Street Arts and Theatre. She studied economics and management of cultural institutions in Paris. She is the former Deputy Director of the CNAC – National Centre for Circus Arts and used to work as a journalist, theatre and dance critique.


      Each Circostrada event is hosted by one of its members, and is organised in close collaboration with them.

      This is a real partnership, in which each member invests their time as well as human, financial and logistical resources in order to provide a warm welcome to the network. In addition, members share their expertise with the network with the aim of including all the relevant local key players and resources in the event.

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