Ateneu Popular 9 Barris


Location Barcelona, Spain
Year established 1977
Students per week 240
Aim “Ateneu contributes, from culture, to a free, committed, critical and solidary society where people, collectively, decide on what affects them and manage common resources. The Ateneu is a generating space for critical thinking and learning of collective practices. “

The Ateneu Popular de Nou Barris (Ateneu) is in operation since 1977 in the district of Nou Barris in Barcelona. It is managed by the non profit association “Bidó de Nou Barris”. It uses circus and culture as a mean of education to reach a social transformation. “Bidó de Nou Barris” is governed by a board elected by the assembly members and several working committees, in which anyone interested can participate. The various committees respond to different concerns, needs and facets of the project (in areas such as the organisation of training in circus, theatre and percussion, programming, communication, or artistic criteria).

Considering circus as a tool for education in values and the transformation of society, Ateneu provides training and social circus activities to the benefit of around 4,500 children, adolescents and young people. It includes a Children and Youth Circus School, educational proposals with groups in situations of social exclusion and training of trainers in social circus.

International Cooperation Projects
Children Circus Exchange with Circus Circuli (Stuttgart, Germany) From 27th July, to 4th August 2019.

Youth Circus Projects
Fem Salut a través del Circ + “Social Circus Festival” – from 7th January, to 31st May 2019 – 

“Circus School” – from october (2018), to June (2019) 

Social Circus Projects

“Training for trainers” – from 23rd of November (2018), to 17st of March (2019) – 120 hours in total 

Fem Salut a través del Circ + “Social Circus Festival” – from 7th January, to 31st May 2019 


Phone +33 (0) 6 12 97 23 19

1 Impasse de la Renardière
92220 Bagneux