Posted on 24 March 2015 — In: Featured
Through its activities and projects Circuscentrum aims to turn Flanders into a flourishing circus region, with wide cultural support and the best possible development opportunities. Circuscentrum is the official link between the Government of Flanders and the circus sector.
Circuscentrum (Flemish Centre for Circus Arts)
Dok Noord 4F 001
9000 Ghent – Belgium
T +32 9 233 85 89 // info[at]circuscentrum.be
IBAN BE54 8939 4404 6097
Who we are
Noemi De Clercq
Officemanagement & project assistance
Support of the sector
Katrijn De Bleser
Documentation centre & heritage
Séverine Van der Stighelen
Circus Without Circus & Circusmagazine
Our documentation centre (c) Tumcc Photography
A brief history of Circuscentrum
Circuscentrum was founded in 2007 out of the non-profit organisation Circusvlo. Since 2001, Circusvlo had been the representative for a range of associations involved in amateur circus arts, working mainly on the educational and artistic development of youth circus and amateur circus arts.
Since the transition from Circusvlo to Circuscentrum, our tasks have become more extensive: the recreational division remains an important component of our organisation, complemented by focuses on the professional circus environment and circus arts heritage. Continuing initiatives such as the documentation centre and various communication projects have evolved accordingly.
In 2009, a five-year management contract was signed by Circuscentrum and the Flemish authorities, granting a yearly average subsidy of 685,000 Euros. In 2014 the second five-year management contract (with the same amount of subsidy) was signed. The policy plan for the years 2014-2018 was drawn up using five cornerstones: artistic support, pedagogical support, the documentation & knowledge centre, communication & promotion, and the concept of a dynamic organisation. All activities are tested against this policy plan. The underlying objective is an improvement in the quality of circus arts in Flanders.
One of the creation spaces (c) Tom Van Mele