PEYC is a collaborative project by 9 European youth circus umbrella organisations. The project is coordinated by the Finnish Youth Circus Association and funded by Erasmus+ -program. All PEYC partners are member organisations of European Youth Circus Organisation (EYCO).
Finnish Youth Circus Association (FI)
The Finnish Youth Circus Association (FYCA) promotes amateur youth circus activities and aims at providing better facilities for youth circuses and circus amateurs. The association brings together both amateurs and professionals and aims at developing possibilities for children and young people to take part in circus activities.
FYCA organizes events, camps and educational courses for its members. Currently, the focus is also on educating circus teachers. International activities, providing information and projects in co-operation with several other actors are also an important part of the activity.
BAG Zirkuspädagogik (DE)
The Federal Association of Circus Education „BAG Zirkuspädagogik.“ is a network of circus school, regional associations and circus teachers. It was founded 2005 in Berlin and currently has 115 members in 15 of the 16 federal states of Germany.
The purpose of the association is to support of the circus educational theory, in particular in child help, youth welfare and youth education, the adult’s education and the support of circus as an independent art form.
The statue purpose is to improve the work of the circus schools and the circus teachers. The BAG develops standards of the formation of circus teachers and animators.
The Flemish Centre for Circus Arts is the hub of circus in Flanders. It contributes in every respect to the development and quality of the Flemish circus arts. The Circuscentrum is both a knowledge hub and an anchor for all circus arts in Flanders.
Circus artists – amateurs or professionals, the general public and organizers from different sectors can call on Circuscentrum. It aims at optimal development opportunities and a public acceptance of the culture of circus arts. The field of youth circuses forms an important bases for the circus scenery in Flanders.
The Circuscentrum supports a network of 19 member youth circuses. One of the main objectives is to initiate training and exchanging for quality improvement. Other supporting measures such as: to create playing opportunities for the youth circuses, lending service for circus material, organisation and developing support (accountancy, legislation information, financial support, etc.).
Circomundo, the umbrella organization of the Dutch youth circuses, aims to promote and support the youth circus in The Netherlands through: Advocacy; Quality development; Providing a network and advisory structure; Circomundo focusses on support, quality improvement and promotion, encouraging collaboration among youth circuses,and with the professional field, in circus and other areas.
Target groups: Circus trainers, teachers, coaches and directors in youth circus and circus in general, Young amateur and (semi-) professional circus artists; Artists in the street, in a circus or other stages; Youth circus organizations, educational and cultural institutions for circus activities;
Circomundo, founded in 2002, now has 24 youth circus members and about ten other organizations as affiliated members. Internationally Circomundo contributes to the exchange and development of the youth circus through participation in NICE (Network for International Circus Exchange) and as a partner in EYCO (European Youth Circus Organization).
The Danish umbrella organisation started in 2007. The first initiative for the Danish umbrella organisation origin from the circus teachers who have visited the NICE meetings and were working together during the European circus camp organized by www.circuscamp.eu. Now Dubal represents 10 circus schools and about 300 individual members in Denmark. It aims to develop children and young people’s self-confidence, creativity, interpersonal skills and respect for their fellow man.
Fédération Française des Ecoles de Cirque (FR)
The « Fédération Française des Ecoles de Cirque » (FFEC) is a network of circus schools. It was founded in 1988 and currently has 139 members located all around France.
The organisation works in collaboration with varied partners (public Departments, culture professionals, circus schools…) so as to provide a high-quality circus training. The FFEC bases its quality on the founding precept “circus is an art, which is taught in respect for oneself and others”. It is about, for the Federation, to obtain guaranties in the field of health, security, pedagogy, training, administrative functioning, conditions of practice (place, materials,…) and link with artistic. In addition, the Federation takes an active part as well in the structuring of diploma for circus arts teachers (at first an intern diploma, as there were no national diploma, and secondly the Federation joined the creation of two national diplomas).”
Giocolieri e Dintorni (IT)
Associazione Giocolieri e Dintorni, founded in 2002, works as a national umbrella association for promoting contemporary circus art, youth circus and social projects in Italy. Together with publishing and distributing the quarterly Juggling Magazine, it has been specifically taking care of promoting youth circus through: gaining istitutional recognition from the Italian Ministry of Culture; printing and distributing publications specifically dealing with youth circus; holding entry level stages for youth circus teachers; organizing annual national meetings for youth circus teachers; networking of all national youth circus schools and teachers; starting an advanced training for youth circus teachers since 2006; starting a professional course at University for youth circus trainers since 2009; organizing a European seminar in Italy dealing with social circus issues; representing the Italian field in NICE and EYCO
Circus Works (UK)
The UK Youth Circus Network (UKYCN) was founded on World Circus Day -16th April 2011 at a meeting facilitated by Albert & Friends Instant Circus. It is now fully representative of youth circus in the UK. A key objective is to ensure that young people are at the heart of the decision-making process to guide, influence and strengthen the future of Youth Circus in the UK. In a committee meeting in Belfast in January 2014 it was decided to change the name to CircusWorks along with making UKYCN a charity and limited company. Partially this was because it was uncertain as to whether Scotland would still be in the UK and partially this was to give us a name that more reflects the aims of the organisation to make circus work for the youth circus sector.
Plataforma Espanola Escuela de Circo (ES)
P.E.E.C.S.E was founded in 2013 with the aim of creating a national network which is represented on a statewide level and serves as a network for promotoing circus in the world of education, both pedagogical and social. The Platform is made up of schools, associations, projects and individuals from different regions within Spain, which develop educational and artistic projects through circus in the area of youth circus. It’s main mission is to create a network between different projects in order to discover the reality of education in the country, join strengths, and help “education through circus” become valued and recognised.
The aims of the platform are: Strengthen the art of circus as an educational tool and social transformation and unify criterias and competitiveness on pedagogical, working and saftey levels; Work long term on the insititutional recognition of the preofession; Create networks so as to get to know, do exchanges and establish communication between state projects; Show the reality of national youth circus and participate in the reality of European youth circus. The Platform is currently made up of 26 schools, associations and circus projects from all regions in Spain.