First mapping of contemporary circus in Sweden

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This study, the first of its kind in Sweden, aimed at mapping the field of contemporary circus at the national level.

Led by Kulturrådet (Swedish Arts Council), this study was commissioned by the government and was carried out in close cooperation with national cultural players, among which, Manegen – national member organization for professionals within circus, variety and street performance (Circostrada member). The results of the study were issued in a report entitled “Professional Contemporary Circus – A study”, released on November 30th 2017. While giving an overview of its actors, specificities, it also gives a series of recommendations targeting national public policies and stresses the necessity to develop new means of funding.

What’s next? On the basis of this report, the Swedish Arts Council announced its wish to strengthen advocacy efforts, improve production conditions and to increase support to organizers in order for circus to be more present in Swedish venues.

We will publish the English version of the report as soon as it is out!