New start : Cirkus Info Finland

April has been very busy… I’ve done everything from Evaluated the inaugural Curious School of Puppetry in London to been part of the Jury for the new Masters Programme in Contemporary Circus Practises at DOCH in Stockholm . I’ve worked with the wonderful Lars Garpenfeldt at Danscentrum Syd in Malmö as an Associate Producer to kickstart a project about Contemporary Dance pieces in a commercial setting.
I was asked to pop over to Circus Fest in London as a guest-provocateur to deliver a provocation to the Salon on ‘Circus and Gender’. Some interesting and unexpected (?) conversation happened which I will reflect on separately when headspace allows.
And we also had a really interesting away day session with the Circomedia board and Directors. Some good developments on the horizon for the organisation including conversations on internationalisation and increased Outreach/Education work and disability agenda.

I’ve started working/volunteering part-time with Karavan – Scenrum för cirkus och musik in Malmö, Sweden to help them spread the word about their activities online. Soon their website will be up and running again!

In May the international agenda continues as I go on my first and ridiculously exciting research trip to Finland to work with the Circus Info Finland during Cirko Festival in Helsiniki, funded by KulturKontakt Nord. The aim of the trip is to share best practise in Cultural and Festival Management, but also to investigate behind the scenes of the Circus Info Finland model – the only one in the world of this kind.
I’ve just received my schedule which includes networking with artists in sauna – yes that’s right, not for the faint hearted. I can’t contain my excitement.
The reason I’ve decided to take up this blogging again is because I will be keeping a record of the research in Finland as a series of blogs of documented thoughts and experiences. Keep an eye on these here. If you find anything interesting and would like to discuss please dive in.

This Monday coming we at Circus City are hosting a Discussion with The Ricochet Project, in Bristol.
If you are in Bristol do not miss as it’s a chance to chat about the ‘why’ of making socially and politically engaged work, rather than the ‘how’ with this US based company.

Now the snow is disappearing lets delight in the sunshine,

Spring love,

Lina

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