According the statutes of EYCO, the European Youth Circus Organisation is composed of three types of members:


Active members, non-profit organizations and institutions, governmental or non-governmental, with a national representation in the field of youth circus.


Active members, non-profit organisation and institutions, governmental or non-governmental, in the process of formalizing their national representation in the field of youth circus.


Youth circuses, schools or other individual organiszations with an expertise in the field of youth circus and a specific engagement towards EYCO.


presentation of EYCO members


  • BAG Zirkuspädagogik  (Germany) > www.bag-zirkus.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



  • Circomundo (Netherlands) > www.circomundo.nl
    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).



  • Circuscentrum (Belgium, Flemish part) > www.circuscentrum.be
    he 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 20 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.)



  • Dubal (Denmark) > www.dubal.dk
    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.



  • Eesti Kaasaegse Tsirkuse Arenduskeskus (Estonia) > www.tsirkusekeskus.ee
    Eesti Kaasaegse Tsirkuse Arenduskeskus, Estonian NGO Development Center for Contemporary Circus, was founded on 12 September 2014, thanks to previous experience in the field lead by contemporary Estonian circus artists and organizations in Africa. It aims to promote and suppport the mission of the modern circus excellence, a high level of recognition at home and abroad .


  • Federacion Española de Escuelas de Circo Socio Educativo – FEECSE (Spain) > www.feecse.es
    Federation of training projects on introduction to circus, social circus and circus adapted nationally; formed by schools, associations and educational projects ” The Federation was founded in 2013. The reason for creating this federation is to try to unite and join forces with the various training projects of circus in Spain. On the one hand creating a network of meeting and educational exchange between schools and other facilitate the implementation of new projects. In our short existence we have created a directory of circus training projects, which has helped to realize the current situation and the number of schools out there. Federation members are trainers from different circus, circus performers, educators, circus trainers focused in pedagogy, and others with many years of experience in circus teaching fields. The Federation includes 22 different types of training projects, including preparatory to circus schools, integration projects using the circus as an educational tool, associations that work with extraordinary people and projects of practice amateur circus for young people



  • Fédération Française des Ecoles de cirque – FFEC (France) >  www.ffec.asso.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).”



  • Finnish Youth Circus Association (Finland) > www.snsl.fi
    FYCA, national umbrella organisation of youth circuses in Finland, founded in 1991, promotes amateur youth circus activities and aims at providing better facilities for youth circuses, circus amateurs and circus teachers. The association brings together both amateurs and professionals and develops possibilities for children and young people to take part in circus activities. In order to reach its mission, FYCA also educates trainers, organizes events, courses and educational workshops and produces educational materials. A youth circus festival is organised every second year and it serves both as a meeting place, a training and performing opportunity. Main focuses in last years have been circus trainer education as well as increasing the accessibility of circus. FYCA also networks internationally being a founding member of EYCO and of the Baltic-Nordic Circus Network. 



  • Foundation Miasto Projekt (Poland) > www.carnival.com.pl
    Foundation is an initiative of 5 active people who want to implement ideas and dreams. Foundation works in spirit of Manifesto written down in 2009 which include objectives such as: “…Initiating foundation with the alternative art and sightseeing mind, education by the art, and art by the education, we declare to operate together, creative way, exceeding trough the boarders of our hitherto horizons, to make our purposes and dreams come truth. Our dreams, common and individual, and yours also, because foundations purpose is to make yours dreams real, as well as ours…”. Wev believe in 3 basic values: participation, sustainable development, tollerance. Foundation activities are divided in 3 locations: Toruń (Participation, education by art); Łódź (New circus art and pedagogic, street working, participation, international projects and cooperation); Warsaw (New circus art and pedagogic, cultural events).



  • Giocolieri e Dintorni / Circosfera project (Italy) >  www.circosfera.it
    Associazione Giocolieri e Dintorni, founded in 2002, works as a national umbrella association for promoting contemporary circus art, youth circus and social circus 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; representing the Italian field in NICE and EYCO



  • Österreichischer BundesVerband für Zirkuspädagogik – ÖBVZ (Austria) > www.zirkusnetzwerk.at
    The Federal Association for Circus Pedagogy „Österreichischer Bundesverband für Zirkuspädagogik – ÖBVZ“ is a network of circus schools, regional associations and circus teachers. It was founded in 2012 in Vienna and currently has 16 members in 6 of the 9 federal states of Austria. The purpose of the association is to promote circus educational theorie, to support the pedagogical work of circus schools and teachers, to offer a place for networking, to develop common projects and to advocate circus as an independent art form.



  • Slovensko zdruzenje za cirkusko pedagogik – Cirkokrog (Slovenia) >www.cirkokrog.com
    CirkoKrog Association  is a group of circus educators who have been developing the circus as a medium for working with people for many years. Cirko Krog began when students of social pedagogy became acquainted with the youth circus, which has been recognized in Europe for many years as an effective medium of working with people. After several years of research on their own, they founded the Slovensko združenje za cirkuško pedagogiko cirkokrog in 2005. Within the association we develop circus pedagogy as a form of pedagogical work and non-formal education of children, young people and adults. Over the years, the CirkoKrog family has been joined and co-created by diverse people – jugglers, acrobats and artists from Slovenia and other countries. The binder was, and still is, a common development of circus skills and the development of using circus as a medium when working with people.



  • UK Youth Circus Network – Circus Works (Great Britain) > www.circusworks.org
    aims to make a stronger, more connected Youth Circus sector and is made up of representatives from youth circus’ around the UK. Since 2011 we have been creating festivals, conferences and networking opportunities to develop the future of youth circus. We provide opportunities to exchange training and good practice for young people and practitioners nationwide, and are the UK’s representing body for European Youth Circus and are a member of EYCO.


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