Conference 'Circus - a safe(r) space for danger', 10-12 April 2024

The programme is out!

Throughout their careers, circus practitioners move from one role to another. From informal to formal scenarios, taking up roles as educators, artists or organisers; creating or performing, both on-stage and behind the scenes. While moving between these worlds, safety is key. Because life in the circus is all about questioning boundaries, bending rules and changing perspectives, often while in close interaction with others. How can we provide a safe environment and take care of ourselves and others? We’d like to invite circus professionals active in the sector (programmers, artists, teachers, distributors, producers,…)  to join our conference on technical, physical and psycho-social safety within the circus sector . The conference runs parallel to MAD Festival (11-14 April 2024) and MAD Convention (12-14 April 2024).

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Excited to participate in the conference?

You can already pre-order your conference ticket now! Only 120 tickets are available so make sure to secure your participation. In the beginning of February the full programme will be published online. We also offer the possibility of a fee waiver. This means that selected applicants can participate in the conference without paying the conference fee of 90 euro. We offer this option to circusprofessionals who otherwise would not be in the capacity to attend the conference. You can apply for a fee waiver until 12 February 2024.

Programme and ticket info

Discover the first speakers and pre-order your ticket!

Discover circus and Antwerp in spring

April in Antwerp is all about circus, a reason for circus professionals to descend on the city. Not only is Antwerp a beautiful harbour city, it’s also a circus city thanks to the activities of the Antwerp partners! Ell Circo D'ell Fuego offers a haven for circus entrepreneurs around the year. MAD Festival immerses visitors each year in the fascinating world of circus.  The conference runs parallel to MAD Festival (11-14 April 2024) and MAD Convention (12-14 April 2024).  Both organisations are active at and around Asiadok and Park Spoor Noord, new bustling neigbourhoods.

Come and join us in April!

Exciting news!

And last but not least! We are proud to share that the National Lottery is partnering with us to make ‘Circus - a safe(r) space for danger’ happen. Their support not only enhances the vibrancy of this event but also underscores the importance of safety in the circus arts.   The National Lottery is not only a supporter of our conference but also a champion for the broader cultural landscape in Belgium.  A heartfelt thank you to the National Lottery and their players for being a valued partner in our journey.

Nationale Loterij Subsidie Circuscentrum cultuur circus

Did you know that in addition to ‘Circus - a safe(r) space for danger’, the National Lottery subsidises many other cultural projects?

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