Social Educircation, European social circus project



No better appetizer than a short video where you can see the local community in Hungary where tone action took place, participants share their opinion and feelings about their work and you can have an insight as well into the circus tent and the world of social circus.


international social circus camp in Hungary



Project name:

Social Educircation, European social circus project

Project framework:

Lifelong learning program, Grudtvig, 2012-2014

Project coordinator:

Cirqueon, Check Republic

Partner countries

Hungary, Belgium, Greece, Germany, England, Spain


Target group:

Socialy disadvantaged people. (Different in each country: youth living in a rehabilitation center, marginalized youth, people with Down syndrome, children from immigrant backgrounds, children and parents, children in risk)


–          to share and develop the project partner’s knowledge and experience about how to use their circus skills for social work.

–          to improve pedagogical methods.

–          to contribute efficiently to social sector, by involving pedagogical and social aspects.

–          to use it for therapy to develop skills of socially excluded groups, by the tool of practicing circus exercises.

–          have relevant effect on body, mind and emotional state of clients by playful circus exercises.

–          to be able to continue the social circus activity of each partner organization after this project at a higher level of quality.

–          to promote as a useful method of therapy in social work.


Project description:

Jugglers, acrobats, clowns from the partner associations visit, teach and involve socially disadvantaged people. Each partner offers one specific kind of social action, from 4 to 7 days and will involve both theoretical and practical experience.

To these international projects has been coming one or two social circus trainer from each partner organization, to enrich the work of the local organization, and to learn from their working methods. These events were a good platform of sharing our knowledge on social circus, and to support the local project.

In Hungary, the project called Etnocircus was realized with disadvantaged youth, the student of a high school in a marginalized village called Sajókaza. During the week, the international circus team motivated and taught the students to do circus arts, and prepared together a show with them which was presented in public two times. During the week, the students of the school learned circus skills and performing which gives a motivating impact on them. They also gained a unique intercultural experience meeting foreigners by an intensive collaboration.

Our international guests gained an inside view of the social situation in Hungary and about the social circus work of the Hungarian Juggling Association.




  1. Teresa

    9 August 2014

    This project reminds me of a Grundtvig workshop organized in Italy, on the Garda lake. Its name was ‘The Eco-Juggler’. Have you heard about it?
    Few info about the Eco-juggler:
    Target Group:
    Adults wishing to improve their creativity through juggling. Professionals working with people with special needs or disadvantages.
    Care workers and Trainers.

    Main activities:
    Construction of a personal juggler’s eco-kit using recycled material. The juggler’s eco-kit will include: balls, clubs, rings and junior stilts. Practicing circus activities. Production of a final show in which participants will put into practice what they have learnt during the workshop. A general overview on the origins and history of juggling in Europe, through lessons centred on video clips and handouts.
    Workshop Organizer: Associazione Culturale Sherazade, Brescia, Italy.

    It would be nice to connect initiatives related to the circus arts which are still a kind of Cinderella within the general panorama of the arts…

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