What is CTF Advanced?

CTF Advanced is a 2.5 year project led by Sorin Sirkus with the objectives to:

  • form a network (both local and European) of youth circuses, social circus trainers, social work organisations and institutions as well as youth work organisations
  • evaluate CTF 4 to 6 from the data collected and by interviewing trainers and organisers
  • update the CTF Guidebook according to the evaluation
  • plan a follow-up strategy and peer network for social circus trainers who have gone through CTF (total 120 persons after CTF 6). 

The whole project extends from March 2022 to June 2024 (28 months)


There will be two transnational meetings in Finland, and four learning & teaching activities . Four results/intellectual outputs will be developed by the end of the project.

  • Sept 2022 – Kick off Meeting
  • Nov 2022 – Workshop 1 – Prague
  • Feb 2023 – Workshop 2 – Stockholm
  • March 2023 – BIG Meeting – Galway
  • Oct 2023 – Workshop 3 – Italy
  • Feb 2024 – Conclusion Meeting
Workshop 1 - CIRQUEON (22 & 23 Nov 2022)
All partner Organisations were present to discuss the preliminary findings from the researchers and other key elements for improving the CTF in action program. Discussions took place in the form of focus groups, lead by Ilaria Bessone from Altro Circo, looking at; how to develop the associate network of affiliate organisations; ensuring quality in terms of preparation and continuity between CTF modules; desired participant profiles; clearly defining goals and objectives for the training; developing new tools and evaluation strategies; working with specific target groups; developing the language used in the guidebook to be more gender neutral and inclusive; and paying close attention the mental wellbeing and safety. 
Workshop 2 - Cirkus Cirkör (16 & 17 Feb 2023)


BIG Meeting - Galway Community Circus (27 - 31 March 2023)

Following the initial coordination, the BIG Meeting in Galway from 27th to 31st March brought together an interdisciplinary ensemble comprising researchers, CTF trainers, participants, and project coordinators. This gathering was dedicated to robust data collection through a combination of focus groups and embodied research methods. By engaging in diverse methodologies, participants contributed valuable insights, enriching the project’s empirical foundation.

Workshop 3 - Altro Circo (26 & 27 October 2023)

Lastly, the Siena Meeting held on 26th to 27th October provided a reflective space for analysing the wealth of data collected throughout the project. Attendees critically evaluated the gathered information, refining the communication strategy and synthesizing findings. This crucial stage in the project lifecycle facilitated the preparation of final outputs, ensuring that the CTF Advanced project’s outcomes were both comprehensive and impactful.

Conclusion Meeting - Sorin Sirkus (12 & 13 March 2024)

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Project Partners: Sorin Sirkus (LEAD), Galway Community Circus,  Altro CircoCirqueon, & Cirkus Cirkör.

Cofunded by the Finnish National Agency of Erasmus+