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Bundesverband Zeitgenössischer Zirkus in Deutschland

Bundesverband Zeitgenössischer Zirkus e.V. (Federal Association of Contemporary Circus)

The Federal Association for Contemporary Circus e.V. (BUZZ) acts as umbrella organisation for contemporary circus in Germany and represents all contemporary circus professionals towards the public and politics. The BUZZ provides comprehensive, up-to-date information and an exchange platform for the German circus scene through nationwide representatives, newsletters and its website. In addition, the BUZZ organises round-tables, network meetings, organisers' meetings, conferences, and founded the Zirkus ON support programme. Currently, at the beginning of 2021, the BUZZ represents more than 160 members, which include individual artists, companies, festivals, agencies, and venues in and from Germany.

The BUZZ works on the long-term establishment of contemporary circus as an art form within the performing arts. In this context, it aims for equal access to public funding and creation structures. It is also committed to expanding national creation and production structures, as well as improving working conditions and educational opportunities for all contemporary circus professionals. The BUZZ strongly represents artistic as well as structural and cultural policy interests.

The BUZZ is an associate member of the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste (BFDK) and the Allianz der Freien Künste, a cooperation partner of the program Kreativ Transfer from the Dachverband Tanz, co-author of the Manifesto for Contemporary Circus and co-signator of the Berlin Declaration DIE VIELEN. In addition, the BUZZ is an active member of the European network Circostrada and internationally connected through the network of circus magazines INCam .

The BUZZ acts regionally, nationally and internationally, through various working groups, focus initiatives and so-called Städtepole, representative departments in various cities across Germany. Currently, these regional departments are located in Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, Cologne, Munich, Essen, Leipzig, Darmstadt, Stuttgart and Freiburg, and are represented by more than 20 BUZZ coordinators, who act as contact persons for local artists and connect them at regular Roundtable#Circus. We live and love this decentralized and grassroot-democratic working structure, because we want to act close to the scene and the needs of circus professionals of all fields.

It has emerged from the “Initiative Neuer Zirkus", which was founded in 2011. In 2019, the BUZZ became a federal association and is therefore pursuing structuring and professionalization.

Der BUZZ arbeitet ehrenamtlich und finanziert seine Aktivitäten durch Mitgliedsbeiträge, sowie punktuelle Projektförderungen. 2021 erhielt das Projekt „Upcoming:Circus“ eine Förderung vom Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. In diesem Jahr (2022) wird der BUZZ im Rahmen der #TakeHeart | Netzwerk- und Strukturförderung vom Fonds Darstellende Künste für das mehrteilige Projekt „(K)now the Circus“ gefördert.

The Association's statutes (in German)

Städtepole (pole cities) / The people behind the association

Berlin | Cox Ahlers, Alexandra Henn, Kathrin Wagner, Anna-Katharina Andrees, Catrin Lichy, Pablo Volo, Svenja Riebow, Marek Petersen
Hamburg | Caroline Klein, Andree Wenzel
Cologne | Tim Behren, Jenny Patschovsky, Yolande Sommer, Christoph Rummel, Dominikus Moos, Malte Garrecht
Leipzig | Lotte Mueller, Anke Politz
Munich | Michael Heiduck, Johannes Böringer
Ruhrgebiet | Sabeth Dannenberg
Darmstadt | Anne Holdik, Mitja Averhoff
Stuttgart | Timon Schilling
Bremen | Tine Thevissen, Silke Schirok
Freiburg | Günter Klingler

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The people behind the association

Jenny Patschovsky

Co-founder, chairwoman, pole-city Cologne

Cox Ahlers

Chairwoman, pole-city Berlin

Tim Behren

Co-Founder, pole-city Cologne

Valérie Marsac

Städtepol Munich

Andree Wenzel

Städtepol Hamburg

Alice Greenhill

Städtepol Berlin

Klaus Borkens (†)

Co-Founder, pole-city Ruhrgebiet

Lotte Mueller

Städtepol Leipzig

Kolja Huneck

Städtepol Munich

Anke Politz

Städtepol Berlin

Marina Rieger

Städtepol Berlin

Alexandra Henn

Städtepol Berlin

Yolande Sommer

Städtepol Cologne

Christoph Rummel

Co-Founder, pole-city Cologne

Anne Holdik

Städtepol Darmstadt

Mitja Averhoff

Städtepol Darmstadt

Markus Bitter

IT, treasurer

Kathrin Wagner

Städtepol Berlin

Anna-Katharina Andrees

Städtepol Berlin

Dominikus Moos

Städtepol Cologne

Silke Schirok

Städtepol Bremen

Swantje Kawecki

Städtepol Cologne

Tine Thevissen

Städtepol Bremen

Lisa Lehnen

Geschäftsstelle, Köln

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