Past projects

Here is a selection of our projects.

CIRCUS+

2014-2016

The project "Research on Youth and Social Circus Pedagogy" runs between 2014-2016. During 2015 the focus has been on collecting data. Three questionnaires was created and sent our to three different target groups: existing circus schools, existing and potential employers as well as active circus performers/educators. The surveys have mapped the existing training programs, employment opportunities, education possibilities as well as what the different group wish for in the form of continued education programs. The project has developed a common job profile and started work on a common skills framework.

The results was presented at a European seminar in June, 2016 in Brussels.

CIRCUS+ was financially supported by the EU's education support Erasmus+.


CIRKUSHOPPET (The Circus Hope)

2016-2018

Cirkushoppet (The Circus Hope) toured around Sweden for 18 months to meet people who have come to Sweden as refugees. Through a happy and fun circus show, circus trial sessions and play the artists created moments of relief, laughter and hope for the future for the participants in the asylum centres. At each place of residence, a circus kit with illustrative instructions was left so that the staff and the residents could continue to develop and have fun together after Cirkushoppet had departed.

Cirkushoppet was a three part project:

  • A show and circus trail sessions for refugees
  • Workshops with other cultural pedagogues
  • Public events with show, circus trail sessions and inform youth about why people may have to flee from their country of origin

The project was a collaboration between Cirkus Cirkör and Clowns Without Borders. It was funded by Postkodlotteriets kulturstiftelse.


CIRCUS TRANS FORMATION (CTF) IN ACTION

Circus Trans Formation in Action 3, 2018

Our Circus Trans Formation In Action training programme is still at the core of Caravan’s activity, and continues to develop new generations of social circus trainers. It’s the outcome of a 5-year European research carried out by 2 universities, 8 Caravan members and the Caravan office, resulting in the development of a framework of competences for social circus trainers.

We continued to use our Guidebook for Social Circus Trainers to teach social circus trainers across the world and produce international exchanges of ideas.
Circus in Trans Formation in Action 3 concluded this year in December, creating a strong group of inspiring trainers, that continue to develop partnerships after the training.
Partners: Galway Community Circus, Ireland; AltroCirco, Italy ; Belfast Community Circus School, United Kingdom; Cirqueon, Czech Republic; Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, France; Sorin Sirkus, Finland; Upsala Zirk, Russia; Metis Gwa, Guadeloupe; Ecole de Cirque  de Bruxelles, Belgium; Sirkhane, Turkey; Ton sur Ton, Switzerland. 20 circus trainers participate.

Circus Transformation in Action 2, 2016-2017

The training is based on a Caravan research directed in 2014 that led to the creation of the  Guidebook for Social Circus Trainers. This manual is the outcome of a five year European research carried out by two universities, eight Caravan members and the Caravan office. The training took place in four different places: Belfast Circus School in Belfast (United-Kingdom), Sorin Sirkus in Tampere (Finland), Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles  in Brussels (Belgium), Plus Petit Cirque du Monde in Bagneux (France).
The sessions focused on specific TLUs or Teaching/Learning Units of the Guidebook for Social Circus Trainers. The first session dealt with TLU A “Social context”. The second session dealt with TLU B “Act of teaching” The 3rd session dealt with TLU C “Management / Steering of teaching”. The 4th session dealt with TLU E “Foundations” and TLU D “Circus Techniques & Creativity”.

Circus Trans Formation in Action 1, 2015-2016

CTF in Action is a one-year project supported by the EU's education support Erasmus+, and takes place between October 2015 and October 2016. It is a continuation of the project "Circus Trans Formation" which ran from 2012 to 2014 and was a collaboration between non-profit circus schools from eight countries and "Université Catholique de Louvain", Belgium. The project was wraped up in July 2014 with a European seminar in Brussels. At the seminar the circus arts was presented as a tool for social inclusion, in Europe and beyond. Caravan also published the first European traing guide in educating people who want to work with circus as a pedagogical tool in socially disadvantaged environments.

In order to be able to further educate more pedagogues in the training guide "Circus Trans Formation" 20 instructors are currently being trained in 10 different countries in the project "CTF in action". The training takes place in Stockholm, Tampere, Belfast and Brussels.

Funded by the European Union Erasmus+ programme.