Caravan seminars

Caravan seminars aims at exchanging views and sharing expertise on the youth and social circus sector in order to increase its benefits for the young people in Europe and beyond.

Professionals and amateurs in circus arts, coordinators of European networks along with local, national and European political representatives and university researchers are invited to participate to the Caravan seminars.

During the Caravan seminars, the participants have the opportunity to express and share their opinions, knowledge and expertise through round tables, workshops, informal networking and exchanges.

Past seminar

29 – 30 June 2016, Brussels (Belgium) – CIRCUS+ conclusion meeting

This seminar will showcase the results of the research carried in the framework of the European project CIRCUS+ co funded by the European programme Erasmus+. More info

European seminar : Circus Arts – a Tool for Social Inclusion
1 – 2 July 2014, Brussels (Belgium)

Main event of the European project “Circus Trans Formation”, this seminar concluded a 5-year research carried out by Caravan and its partners in the educative field of social circus. This pedagogical work echoed studies on the social impact of circus arts and analysis on the global needs for social circus. The participants had the opportunity to be the first ones to be acquainted with the results of Circus Trans Formation: The European training programme for social circus trainers

During two days, professionals an amateurs in circus arts, coordinators of European networks, European, national and local political representatives and university researchers joined us to to exchange views on how can we further develop the sector in order to increase the benefits of social circus for the young people with fewer opportunities in Europe and beyond.

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19 – 21 September 2013, Brussels – Caravan seminar on “Circus, Inclusion and Citizenship”

Integrate circus arts as a tool for social inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in the heart of European social and cultural policies is the object of this seminar, which took place from 19 to 21 September in Brussels.

This seminar was a way to convene operators, actors and young people that work on different territories in Europe and beyond in the field of inclusion through circus arts, to exchange and to share skills, experiences and practices. To this end, a number of key actors working at different professional levels were involved in this seminar: regional and national representatives to the EU, members of the European parliament, university researchers, national political actors in the field of culture and arts, along with the directors and trainers of the Caravan members. We had also the participation of Cirque du Soleil with a presentation of its work in social circus.

Theory and practice, testimonies and reflections, analyses and show were the main approach of this meeting.

Please find hereunder the presentation of the first day of the seminar, which was organised in partnership with Ile-de-France Europe, Brussels-Capital region and Québec Government Office in Brussels, along with Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles and Cirque du Soleil.

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22 – 24 March 2012 – European seminar: Circus and Hip-hop for inclusion (Bagneux/Paris, France)

European Seminar organised by Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde (PPCM) in partnership with CARAVAN, UFR STAPS Paris Sud University and Le Pôle national des Arts du Cirque. More information on the PPCM’s website.

During this 3-day seminar, PPCM along with its partners had the pleasure to host more than 400 people, and to share moments of reflexion, imagination, exchanges on the circus arts and the emerging cultures, through many debats, conferences, round tables…Participants could also enjoyed during the evenings an open dance workshop, interactive sessions and, of course, the 20 steps Ball!

Few figures:
35 speakers, 20 themes addressed
10 round tables, 4 conferences
50 europeans participants from 9 differents countries
4 workshops gathering 150 participants
40 hours of debats and exchanges
5 venues, 3 shows…

and also :
600 meals and 300 breakfasts eaten
1000 coffees, 850 teas, 350 madeleines devoured
20 candles, 1 huge birthday cake
…and 30 organizers exhausted but happy !