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ARTiculate Pedagogy Network Strategic document and report

ARTICULATE PEDAGOGY NETWORKSTRATEGIC DOCUMENTA CO-CREATED STRATEGY FOR COOPERATION AND ENGAGEMENT OF CIRCUS EDUCATION IN THE BALTIC NORDIC COUNTRIES 2023-2025 The Articulate Pedagogy Network was formed out of the Baltic Nordic Circus Network (BNCN) pedagogy workgroup. The members had an ambition to extend the pedagogy and education collaborators within the region and include different collaborators from … Continue reading ARTiculate Pedagogy Network Strategic document and report

New Horizons Leadership Programme Report out!

New Horizons Leadership Programme (NHLP) is a mentorship and leadership project dedicated to supporting emerging leaders in the Baltic-Nordic Region, and contributing to the overall development of the contemporary circus sector in these areas. The inaugural programme took place in 2020-2021 and a report of the project has been published by Cirkus Syd for BNCN. … Continue reading New Horizons Leadership Programme Report out!

ARTiculate Pedagogy Network public programme!

How to turn dreams into reality!? BNCN is a collaborative network of 20 circus arts organisations in the Baltic and Nordic countries. The network works to strengthen the regional international collaboration and development of the circus sector. BNCN organises activities which aim to support the circus field in the Baltic-Nordic countries at large. From workshops, … Continue reading ARTiculate Pedagogy Network public programme!

BNCN Members Meeting #10 Tallinn

Twice a year the Baltic Nordic Circus Network (BNCN) convenes to network, discuss strategies, build capacity and create new cooperations between the members in the Baltic Nordic countries. Co-host organisations Cirkus Syd with Riga Cirks has the responsibility and honour to organise these gatherings which bring together professionals from 8 countries. This autumn BNCN teams up … Continue reading BNCN Members Meeting #10 Tallinn

RIGA ICCE Digital Think Tank

In 2018 Baltic Nordic Circus Network with Riga Cirks and Manegen produced an international conference of circus education Riga ICCE. The conference became a larger venture and a larger success than the team had anticipated and as such the urge to create a second conference is strong. Part practical part philosophical the event on the … Continue reading RIGA ICCE Digital Think Tank

Registration open: Dramatic fields hybrid workshop – deadline 29.08.2021

Baltic Nordic Circus Network (BNCN) partners Cirkus Syd (SWE), Cirko - Center for New Circus (FIN) and Arts Printing House (LTU) are looking for under 30-year-old professional circus artists from the Nordic and Baltic countries to participate in the Dramatic Fields project in 2021-2022. The project explores together with the participants the structures and practices … Continue reading Registration open: Dramatic fields hybrid workshop – deadline 29.08.2021

Circus Teacher Mapping 2021

ARTiculate Circus is Baltic Nordic Circus Network’s current pedagogy development strand. Under the ARTiculate strand we explore how to develop circus education across our region more generally and with specific focus on artistic thinking in circus education.We are interested in developing activities and resources which equip circus teachers to build capacity on how to train … Continue reading Circus Teacher Mapping 2021

Registration open: ARTiculate 1.0 digital workshops

It’s happening! As a result of Corona regulations we have created a digital version of the two workshops that were supposed to happen in Norrköping and Vilnius last fall. They will be streamed from Stenkrossen in Lund this spring.  ARTiculate Circus is a developmental learning, training and research project, which ultimately aims to articulate how … Continue reading Registration open: ARTiculate 1.0 digital workshops

Introducing Typhaine Sotés, our new Digital and Communications Producer!

Bonjour dear circus co-creators! My name is Typhaine and I will be working part time as Digital and Communications Producer for Cirkus Syd and BNCN for 5 months. I am very excited to start this position as it involves performing arts, creative minds and cultural diversity. I can’t wait to be moving closer to Lina … Continue reading Introducing Typhaine Sotés, our new Digital and Communications Producer!

Introducing the New Horizon Leadership Programme selected participants!

We are honoured to present the emerging leaders who will participate in the NHLP 2020 - 2021: Karmen Aasanurm, Emma Langmoen, Nika Parkhomovskaya, Erik Glas, Inna Huttunen, Anna Emilie Pedersen, Marina Rieger, Janis Laucenieks, Eyrún Ævarsdóttir, Serafima Kiseleva, Hanna Moisala, Džiugas Kunsmanas, Elena Kosovec and Marita Sanzarevska! Karmen AasanurmHost: Reykjavik Dance Festival - Iceland Karmen is … Continue reading Introducing the New Horizon Leadership Programme selected participants!

NHLP application is now closed

Thanks to everyone who applied! We are right now working with the last details for the participants and soon we will publish who will attend the program. You can find all the info available on the programme here:https://balticnordiccircus.com/projects/new-horizons-leadership-programme/ #balticnordicccircus #BNCNnewhorizons #leadership #circus #cirkus #sirkus

Dramatic Fields – a BNCN project in development, text by Jarkko Lehmus

A contemporary circus artist sits across the table from me and starts talking about one of their future creations. They don’t feel that they have that many ideas yet and they are not quite sure how their idea relates to the surrounding world at the moment. I ask a few questions, invite the artist to … Continue reading Dramatic Fields – a BNCN project in development, text by Jarkko Lehmus

Rigorous Practise 2019-2020 report available

Autumn 2019 - Spring 2020 BNCN has been conducting a project into circus rigging in the Baltic Nordic region. The project aimed to explore gaps in the technical knowledge for contemporary circus presentation in the Baltic-Nordic countries and starts to bench-mark the existing knowledge in the Baltic-Nordic rigging community. We aimed to develop two workshops or … Continue reading Rigorous Practise 2019-2020 report available

Mie kicks off the member generated news!

This is the first blogpost for the member generated news of BNCN. These posts is a new initiative, making it possible to share news and aspects regarding the Baltic/Nordic aspects of anything great/interesting/introducing/fun/serious from the contemporary circus world. I'm Mie, and as the first person to write, I introduce myself, my role of BNCN and what my favorite things in the world are.

Announcing new member in Iceland: Hringleikur

This month we can annouce a new member from Iceland! This is our first member in Iceland and opens up a new geographical dimension of our Baltic-Nordic cooperation. Introducing Hringleikur, we asked Eyrún Ævarsdóttir a few questions to tell us about the organisation: What is Hringleikur?  Hringleikur is an Icelandic circus organisation that is working … Continue reading Announcing new member in Iceland: Hringleikur

New member Cirkuliacija Festival, Lithuania!

It's with great excitement we welcome Cirkuliacija as new members of BNCN! We caught up with Gildas Aleksa who will be the representative on behalf of Cirkuliacija in BNCN network. Tell us, what is Cirkuliacija? “Cirkuliacija” is a contemporary circus festival based in Kaunas, Lithuania. It aims to bring cultural events of the highest quality … Continue reading New member Cirkuliacija Festival, Lithuania!

Rigorous Practise rigging master classes open for registration! #rigorouspractise

Baltic Nordic Circus Network produce rigging master class capacity building courses for technical professionals working in theatres and festivals in the Nordic and Baltic countries wanting to gain expertise and qualification in circus rigging. We are super excited that registration is now open! All professionals working as technical staff in performing arts in the Baltic … Continue reading Rigorous Practise rigging master classes open for registration! #rigorouspractise

We love clown!  1-Day Clown-workshop with MPAC, Malmö 15/10

Karavan and BNCN present a Clown workshop at Karavan the 15th oktober kl.10-16. "Connection and playfulness.... the clown acts in a norm-critical, releasing manner. Like an eye-opener, a kind of societal conscience and awakens our vulnerability, our humanity by managing the world in its' very own way. We love clown! In this one day course … Continue reading We love clown!  1-Day Clown-workshop with MPAC, Malmö 15/10

ARTiculate Circus first project complete

;This last year our network has delivered a project under our umbrella of educational and pedagogical development called ARTiculate Circus. As we were granted around a third of the original applied amount we decided to deliver the activities with an evaluative lense with the few to develop further. Hosting organisation Manegen was the lead organisation. … Continue reading ARTiculate Circus first project complete

Announcing new project: Rigorous Practise

We are launching a new project! Rigorous Practise! A transnational cooperation project focused on capacity-building to practically facilitate circus arts to be presented and co-produced under increased awareness of rigging, contracting and safety practises. The project will start at the later part of 2019 and run until the summer of 2020. Theatre professionals who work … Continue reading Announcing new project: Rigorous Practise

Residency announcement: Karavan BNCN International Residency

On international women's day we are happy to announce that M.P.A.C will be our resident company at Karavan in October 2019. The international reference group (Subtopia (SE), Riga Circus, (LV) Brazil Jack (SE), Arts Printing House (LT) and Dynamo Workspace (DK) has looked over applications and we are excited to share the news with you. … Continue reading Residency announcement: Karavan BNCN International Residency

Registration OPEN ARTiculate Circus 2

ARTiculate Circus 2 - Developing methods of teaching circus practise in the Baltic-Nordic region BNCN is interested in articulated in how the Baltic and Nordic region can work together to develop circus education and its’ relationship with artistic thinking. As a result we are hosting two workshops for circus teachers. The first took place in … Continue reading Registration OPEN ARTiculate Circus 2

Decision to accept new members in 2019…

BNCN currently consists of 17 member organisations across the Baltic and Nordic region. These are organisations that work towards the development of contemporary circus beyond their own interest. They bring resources, knowledge and experiences to the table which can be useful in creating collaborative projects for all. BNCN is currently running a 3-year development project … Continue reading Decision to accept new members in 2019…

REGISTRATION OPEN: ARTiculate Circus workshops for Circus Teachers

ARTiculate Circus - Developing methods of teaching circus practise in the Baltic-Nordic region BNCN is interested in articulating how the Baltic and Nordic region can work together to develop circus education and its’ relationship with artistic thinking. As a result we are hosting two workshops for circus teachers in the coming months. The first will … Continue reading REGISTRATION OPEN: ARTiculate Circus workshops for Circus Teachers

Mapping contemporary circus in south Sweden

The region of Skåne has commissioned a mapping of Contemporary Professional Circus in the region. The mapping aims to provide a report of the current situation and potential of contemporary circus in the region and consults artists, presenters, institutions and quite frankly anyone who feels they have a perspective to provide about circus in Skåne. … Continue reading Mapping contemporary circus in south Sweden

Announcing funding for ARTiculate workshops

We are excited to announce that our ARTiculate Circus project has received some funding from Nordisk Kulturfond. ARTiculate Circus is a developmental learning, training and research project which ultimately aims to articulate how the Baltic and Nordic region can work together to develop circus education and its’ relationship with artistic thinking. Two workshops will be … Continue reading Announcing funding for ARTiculate workshops

#RigaICCE International Conference on Circus Education, Riga

#RigaICCE Intwrnational Conference on Circus Education,  Riga On Thursday the 12th of April 2018 the International Conference on Circus Education was held at Latvian Academy of Culture’s Theatre House of LKA in Riga, Latvia. Organised by Baltic Nordic Circus Network, Riga Circus, Manegen and Latvian Academy of Culture. Speakers presenting at the event were Anne-Mette … Continue reading #RigaICCE International Conference on Circus Education, Riga

April 2018 BNCN Meeting Riga.

April 2018 BNCN Meeting Riga. On the 10th and 11th of April the members of the Baltic Nordic Circus Network met at the Nordic Council of Ministers in Riga, Latvia. Representatives from Dynamo, Cirkus Cirkör, AD productions/HOOG Festival, Finnish Youth Circus Association, CircusInfo Finland, Arts Printing House, Riga Circus, ReRiga Festival, Sirkunst, Cirko, Subtopia and … Continue reading April 2018 BNCN Meeting Riga.

International Conference on Circus Education in Riga 12th of April

12th April, Riga, Latvia With the launch of Riga Circus to a National Centre for Circus Education in the Latvian capital, circus education in the Baltic region is set to spiral and increase in significance in the coming years. The neighbouring Nordic countries have a wealth of experience in different areas and levels of circus education … Continue reading International Conference on Circus Education in Riga 12th of April

Swedish Arts Council Mapping of Circus

The Swedish Arts Council has spent 9 months mapping Swedish Circus to present a report to the Swedish government with recommendations of improvements of support that the sector desperately needs. The Report in Swedish is around 70 pages, and today a summary in English has been released. Practitioners, organisations, independents have all been asked to … Continue reading Swedish Arts Council Mapping of Circus

NuoraNORD – a new development project

BNCN is pleased to announce that our partner project has been funded; NuoraNORD – a new development project for circus companies and communities in the Baltic and Nordic region lead by Circus Info Finland 31.5.2017 Text reposted from Cirkus Info Finland's webpage - click for original post. NuoraNORD is a project for young circus companies … Continue reading NuoraNORD – a new development project

NEW HORIZONS LEADERSHIP SUMMIT – REGISTRATION OPEN, 1-3 DECEMBER, LUND

Hosted by Cirkus Syd, the New Horizons Leadership Summit is centered around the role of circus as a leader on the frontier of cultural change and innovation, the summit seeks to bring together a regional and international community of thinkers and doers shaping our collective future. How does circus respond to contemporary urgencies, the shifting … Continue reading NEW HORIZONS LEADERSHIP SUMMIT – REGISTRATION OPEN, 1-3 DECEMBER, LUND

HANNE TRAP FRIIS: CIRCUS, ANARCHY, AND HOPE.

Hanne Trap Friis is the founder and artistic leader of Teater FreezeProductions. The theater works in Greenland and in Denmark and produces pieces that are critical towards white mindsets and the conception of history. The performances often have a look towards a broader and more inclusive world as well as a more vivid and visual … Continue reading HANNE TRAP FRIIS: CIRCUS, ANARCHY, AND HOPE.

Welcome our newest member – JONK! Performing Arts

We are delighted to introduce you to the newest Baltic Nordic Circus Network member - JONK! Performing arts. What is JONK! Performing arts? JONK! Performing arts presents national and international artists within different art forms focusing on contemporary circus since 2019. We use streets, squares and different scenes. We create new stage rooms where needed. … Continue reading Welcome our newest member – JONK! Performing Arts

Interview with Jarkko Lehmus: “Perfection wipes away the person”

Now that Dramatic Fields has come to an end, we wanted to give all of you who couldn't join, an insight into the mind of the workshop leader, Jarkko Lehmus. Jarkko Lehmus works as the producer responsible for the artistic programme of Cirko – Center for New Circus in Helsinki (Fi), and as a freelance … Continue reading Interview with Jarkko Lehmus: “Perfection wipes away the person”

The Digital Side of Riga ICCE

Riga ICCE will be held in Riga, Latvia on the 10th and 11th of May, 2022. We will meet in-person to hear wonderful keynote speeches, have discussions in world cafes, and also attend workshops. But that is not all. For those of you who can't attend the live meetings, we have also prepared a digital … Continue reading The Digital Side of Riga ICCE