We are Upsala Circus - a circus open to life.
We believe that art, culture and education are the instruments that can help solve social challenges.
Our mission is to make opportunities for everyone to unleash their creative potential, so that people can become freer and, as a result, happier. And today it is as important as ever for us to stay true to our mission.
We ask for your support to fulfill our mission together!
Who are we?
A contemporary circus for children and adults. During 22 years of our work we have created Circus for Rebels (a project for children and teenagers from at risk groups), Inclusive Project, a professional troupe for creative young people over 18, staged 19 performances, and toured Europe and Russia.
In 2022 we are still building a circus that is not disconnected from life. We work with social challenges through cultural and educational projects. The circus is our tool for achieving sustainable change. Through creativity and experimentation, we talk about important things.
Today we are building a centre of the contemporary circus in Zeitz, Germany. A place where we run social cirus projects for children and young people, create contemporary circus shows and performances, organise festivals etc.
We want to make Zeitz the capital of the contemporary circus in Europe!
What's happening now?
In May, we started regular circus trainings in Zeitz with children and teenagers from Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria, Russia and other countries, as well as the locals.
50 children and teenagers every day 5 times a week practice acrobatics, juggling, aerial acrobatics, rhythm and slackline. Once a week we spend time together with the families and relatives of the children who come to our classes, we talk, play and encourage and inspire each other.
Teenagers explore the themes of war and peace, expand their borders and build up communication - in everyday life, in art, and in urban space. We do this through traditional circus disciplines and related forms - sound design, rhythm, documentary theatre.
During the training we talk a lot with the children and teenagers and we write a story together. This story will form the basis for a circus performance which we will present to the people of Zeitz on 26 June and later we plan to show it in the neighboring cities.
Why do we need support?
Upsala Circus is a non-profit project, we exist thanks to the support of ordinary people. With your help, we will be able to continue free circus training for 50 children and teenagers 5 times a week and create and show performances with them.
By supporting this project, you are helping to create a safe space where children and teenagers in crisis can get away from their problems and adapt to their new lives and try out new roles. At the same time, you invest in the result - a performance that will bring beauty and meaning to the everyday life of the audience.
Every week we will send you a letter with the stories and our results.
You can write to Diana in the mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you with an answer.
Upsala - Interkultureller Zirkusaustausch für Kinder und Jugendliche e.V.
Registration Number: VR21385
Address: Düsseldorf, 40215, Scheurenstrasse 40