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The educational circus in the field of work with young people is growing throughout Europe and in the past the member countries merged into EYCO have done a lot to professionalise the sector, creating Circus Adult Training (CATE) and inviting trainers and administrative staff to master classes in the professionalization process (PEYC). This very strong partnership also launched a training project for assistant trainers (ASK) in July 2018.
During all these projects it became clear that we face the same goals. One of the most important, which unites the 11 countries involved in the projects is to improve the training system of the trainers, to improve the pedagogical education of the trainers. With LCL, realized with the support of the EU Erasmus + program (project code 2018-2-DE04-KA205-016780), we want to find out how learning should be organized in the best way in the educational circus as part of non-formal education.




LCL includes methods of teaching that shifts the focus of instruction from the teacher to the student, focusing on skills and practices that enable lifelong learning and independent problem solving.
The European LCL project assumesthat circus promotes empowerment, participation and active citizenshipand wants to analyse “The role of the trainer in the use of circus as a means of working with youthin different countries in Europe”. As part of the project, there will be exchanges, which aim to explore the potential of experiential learning methodologies in developing technical progression in circus disciplines, without losing the approach centred on the growth of the participants.



Participants will explore the following:
1. LCL as a method for empowerment in technical circus skills
2. Sharing good practices and methodologies
3. Developing his/her own teaching methodology
4. Using LCL in multidisciplinary practices
5. Self-evaluatingandrationalising his/herown circus pedagogy



The LCL Exchange takes place over 5 days. It will encourage participants to:
• Present and use the LCL methodology
• Share and reflect on good circus teaching practices
• Before and after: get inspired by materialson the methodology shared before the exchange; and after the exchange collect feedback and reflections.
Target Group: Entry conditions for participants
The exchange is aimed at people fitting the following criteria:
• Experienced Circus teachers, with multidisciplinary competencies
• An interest in LCL idea and methods
• An interest in exchanging good practice and developing his/her own methods of teaching
• Ability to share the outcome contents in his/her national context
• Ability to communicate in English and over 18




• 13-17 September 2019 – Gschwend – Germany
• 9-13 March 2020 – Toulouse – France


The contents of the exchange is coordinated by the EYCO pedagogues working group, composed of Tommaso Negri, Andrea Martinez and Sonni Ossapofsky, who will prepare the contents and facilitate both weeks of training, as well as coordinate the interventions of external experts, including: Steven Desanghere and Tobias Lippek.


Online Call available now on your national umbrella media/social channels. Download it and send your CV and Motivational Letter to your national umbrella

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During and after the exchange the facilitators will produce a “report/handbook” covering the reflections, activities and methods, which will come out of the exchange. The results of this process will be disseminated through multiplier events in different countries. It’s also important that participants share the outcomes locally and nationally on their return.

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LCL Exchange Timetable
Trailer Extraction Notes LCL light
Report – LCL Gschwend 2019

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LCL Exchange Timetable
Trailer Notes Toulouse
Report – LCL Toulouse 2020

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BAG-Zirkuspädagogik – Germany (Leader)
Suomen Nuorisosirkusliitto – Finland
Estonian Contemporary Circus Development Centre – Estonia
Fundacja Miasto Projekt – Poland
Vlaams centrum voor circuskunsten vzw – Belgium
Giocolieri e Dintorni / Circosfera – Italy
Circomundo – Netherlands
Federacion Española de Escuelas de Circo Socio Educativo – Spain
Fédération Française des Ecoles de Cirque – France
UK Youth Circus Network – United Kingdom
Slovensko zdruzenje za cirkusko pedagogiko – Cirkokrog Slovenia


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