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Setting the Stage – circus promotion of tomorrow

as part of the CircusDanceFestival
May 25, 2023, 10 AM - 4 PM
Latibul Köln, An der Schanz 6, 50735 Cologne

Contemporary circus has experienced a structural development in Germany in a very short time like hardly any other form of performing arts. Through its accessible and non-verbal way of dealing with relevant issues, it holds enormous potential for social discourse and promotes proximity to culture. Currently, the funding practice is designed for model projects and short project funding periods, but in the future these must be supported by comprehensive, sustainable and far-sighted structures.

The symposium "Setting the Stage - Promoting Circus for Tomorrow" provides the impetus for this. Keynote speeches by representatives from cultural policy, funding institutions and associations encourage discussion about perspectives and possibilities for the contemporary circus of tomorrow. Thematic group tables invite focused exchange between actors from the arts, politics and administration.


From 9 AM Arrival and accreditation
10 AM Welcome by Bundesverband Zeitgenössischer Zirkus e.V. and CircusDanceFestival
10:10 AM Keynote lecture 1 by Lotta Nevelainen (Circus & Dance Info Finland)
10:30 AM Keynote lecture 1 by Harald Redmer (phoenix5)
11 AM Panel - Contemporary circus facing extinction - What next? Followed by Q&A + discussion
12:30 AM Lunchbreak
1:30 PM Think tanks - group tables
3 PM Coffee break
3:15 PM Sum up + discussion
4 PM Closing

4:10 PM Opportunities for in-depth discussions
From 6 PM on Participation in Festivalprogram

Singular Elements

Keynote lecture by Lotta Nevelainen

in englisch language with translation to german

Circus & Dance Info Finland provides information services on professional circus in Finland. It supports the artistic and cultural development of Finnish circus arts through its strong networks, promotional activities and mentoring. Lotta Nevalainen works as Head of International Development at Circus & Dance Info Finland. She takes care of international relations and promotion, artistic development projects and seminars, and advises artists on their projects - with a focus on strengthening collaboration and networks and increasing the visibility of Finnish circus arts. Lotta Nevelainen gives insights into the current issues and development of Circus & Dance Info Finland.

Keynote lecture by Harald Redmer

Harald Redmer is a freelance actor, director, producer, cultural advisor and headed the NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste e.V. in Dortmund from 2013 - 2020. He was also on the board of the Kulturrat NRW and the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste. His label phoenix5 creates theatre and film productions. Harald Redmer looks at the importance of the independent scene for the development of cities.

Podium - Contemporary circus facing extinction - What next? Sustainable structures in the contemporary circus of tomorrow

Moderated by Sören Fenner (actor, lecturer, founder of Theapolis), various actors from associations and cultural politics will meet and discuss perspectives and possibilities for the contemporary circus of tomorrow.

Dr. Nicola Hülskamp Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Barbara Foerster Kulturamt Stadt Köln
Steffen Klewar Fonds Darstellende Künste
Manfred Stoffl Goethe Institut
Jenny Patschovsky Bundesverband Zeitgenössischer Zirkus e.V. (Federal Association of Contemporary Circus)

Sören Fenner Moderation

Think tanks - group tables

In thematic group tables, we invite a focused exchange of actors from the arts, politics and administration to forge ideas for the future of contemporary circus in Germany:

  • A school for circus arts in germany - Ways to circus studies
  • Setting the Stage - Support for event locations
  • Ready for Germany - Knowledge Transfer & Market Connection
  • Creativ spaces - Production Centres for Contemporary Circus
  • International Networking – How to build up international relations

Registration for "Setting the Stage - circus promotion of tomorrow"

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