Location Berlin, Germany
CABUWAZI is a youth circus in Berlin that started in 1994 and is since 2010 part of GrenzKultur gGmbH. With its five places in socially difficult areas of the city, CABUWAZI offers circus pedagogical leisure time activities, mostly free of charge, for children between 4 and 21 years old and reaches weekly about 500 children and youngsters (annually 8000 participants).
Next to regular trainings, CABUWAZI organises shows, holiday camps, co-operations with refugee accommodations, schools and nursery schools, international youth exchanges and circus pedagogical trainings for teachers.
CABUWAZI also runs the Circus Akademie Berlin which offers an annual professional training for circus educators.
The activities of CABUWAZI in Berlin are based on the idea that people, and children in specific, need to build up social competences in order to build up a stable and safe environment. Circus is an artform, a way of expressing that goes further than the spoken language. Together with the physical development of the body that circus provides – strength, balance, coordination … – it demands a certain trust in yourself and the others. We teach this trust through games, training and performances, and all of this as group activities. In this way, we can give the children the opportunity to find for themselves who they are and help them build up these needed social skills.