European Capitals of Culture and Circus #2

Gérald Drubigny
Number of pages
Document producer
  • Contemporary circus

Since 2011, Circostrada Network, HorsLesMurs and Circo Circolo have been organising seminars to reflect on the integration of circus arts within European Capital of Culture programmes. A first publication was produced in 2013 to highlight their findings.

Following the fourth conference that took place during the Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque in Marseille (France), the network produces a new publication, presenting additional findings and examples to better understand the challenges and potential of circus arts within ECoCs.


Setting the stage

  • What is the programme of European Capitals of Culture?
  • Programme changes for the 2020-2033 period

Circus Arts and European Capitals of Culture: Fundamental Lessons

  • Value of Circus Arts in a European Capital of Culture
  • Successfully performing and assessing a circus programme within a European Capital of Culture: key steps and considerations

Relationships between Circus and Territories: Examples of Best Practices

  • Marseille, France: Ensuring a long-term future - From Cirque en Capitales in Marseille-Provence 2013 to the International Biennial of Circus Arts – Marseille Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur
  • Umeå, Sweden: Circus in the Baltic! The emergence of Nycirkusfestival in Umeå 2014
  • London, United Kingdom: Piccadilly Circus Circus - A circus like no other! An extraordinary event as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad
  • Pilsen, Czech Republic: Circus culture in Pilsen 2015. The New Circus Season, one of the Capital’s flagship projects
  • Looking forward to future European Capitals of Culture: Åarhus 2017 and Leeuwarden - Fryslân 2018

Perspectives / Points of View 

  • Training and creation, a key relationship for the development of circus policy in ECoCs. Interview with Wim Claessen
  • Cultural action without borders: cultural diplomacy in Europe. Gérald Drubigny shares his thoughts