For over a decade we’ve been exploring and developing innovative pedalogical approaches to youth and social circus. In this resources section you will find Caravan’s research reports and also a database of other useful resources in youth and social circus.
Caravan Strategic Plans
Caravan Annual reports
Caravan Newsletters
Caravan has an monthly newsletter, which collates together youth and social circus opportunities and news:






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Caravan guidebooks for social circus trainers
Other Caravan research

Circus++ Development of the Circus+ Project – The European Core Curriculum for Youth and Social Circus Pedagogy

Circus+ Research on youth and social circus pedagogy. Working towards a level 4 and 6 training programmes in youth and social circus

Framework of competencies for social circus trainers  

Youth Participation Mapping Report – Summary reportFull report 

Youth and social circus news
Caravan’s monthly newsletter collates together news and opportunities from the youth and social circus sector.

Circus Talk Online community for circus and has a whole page dedicated to social circus

Social Circus Community Facebook group over 900 members sharing opportunities on social circus

Training for trainers opportunities
If you are a trainer at one of our member’s schools, you can inquire about taking part in Caravan’s Circus Trans Formation training for trainers. If you’re independent, get in touch with us on

Formation Pedagogique – Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles
Recognised as the first professional training in circus arts, every year this training gathers  students from different European countries.

Volunteering opportunities
We have a volunteering section of our website that lists opportunities
Social circus research
“Circus in Dis-comfort Zones” AltroCirco and Cirque du Monde, 2018

Social Circus as an Organised Cultural Encounter Embodied Knowledge, Trust and Creativity at Play. Ilaria Bessone Journal of Intercultural Studies, 2017

Studying Social Circus – Openings and Perspectives. Culture Has an Impact! Seminar in Tampere, Finland. Tampere: University of Tampere. Kekäläinen, K. 2014

“They’re smiling from ear to ear”. Wellbeing effects from social circus. Tampere: University of Tampere Kekäläinen, K. & Kakko, S 2013

Les personnes handicapées ont-elles droit au loisir? L’exemple du cirque contemporain français. Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure Lantz, E. 2017

Serving PE Teachers’ Professional Learning Experiences in Social Circus. New Horizons in Education Li, Chung 2010

Cirque du Monde in Mexico City: breathing new life into action for young people in difficult situations: A circus in action for young people in difficult situations. International Social Science Journal, Rivard, J., Bourgeault, G., & Mercier, C. 2010

Circus Training for Autistic Children: Difference, Creativity, and Community. New Theatre Quarterly,Seymour, K., & Wise, P. 2017

Re-approaching community development through the arts: a ‘critical mixed methods’ study of social circus in Quebec. Community Development Journal. Spiegel, Jennifer B., & Parent, S. N. 2017

Social Circus: The Cultural Politics of Embodying “Social Transformation”. The Drama Review. Spiegel, Jennifer B. 2016

Juggling-Exposure Therapy: An Innovation in Trauma Treatment. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, Welburn, K. 2015

Red Chilena de Circo Social (2017) 5to Congreso de Circo Social. Navegando hacía nuevos rumbos pedagógicos y comunitarios a través del circo social. Santiago de Chile.

Social Circus and employability (2018) Cirque Hors Piste Jacinthe Rivard, professeure associée; Marilou Vinet Saint-Pierre, étudiante à la maîtrise; École de travail social, Université de Montréal

youth circus research
Falling together: an examination of trust-building in youth and social circus training Cadwell, S. J. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 2018

‘It’s like exercise for your soul’: how participation in youth arts activities contributes to young people’s wellbeing Journal of Youth Studies, Ennis, G. M., & Tonkin, J. 2018

Occupational therapy and circus: Potential partners in enhancing the health and well-being of today’s youth. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal Maglio, J., & McKinstry, C 2008

Identifying the influence of leisure-based social circus on the health and well-being of young people in Australia. Annals of Leisure Research Stevens, K., McGrath, R., & Ward, E. 2018

A guide to the study of the wellbeing effects of circus. Tampere: University of Tampere, Centre for Practice as Research in Theatre. Kekäläinen, K. & Kakko, S. 2013

Forecasting the Social Return on Investment Associated with Children’s Participation in Circus-Arts Training on their Mental Health and Well-Being International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure. Richard McGrath & Kristen Stevens. 2019

Other useful organisations
International funding and mobility opportunities
On the Move –  mobility and information network

Other networks
FEDEC – European Federation of Professional Circus Schools

EYCO – Umbrella organisation for youth circus networks in Europe

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