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The Situation of Circus in Europe - Professionals


The Situation of Circus in Europe Study

You will find here a census aimed at professionals who in 2018 were in any capacity working in the field of circus in a European Member State. If you worked in the circus industry, in contemporary circus arts, traditional/classical or commercial circus or any combination of these, and in any type of employed or self-employed role you are invited to please participate in the census of circus. The findings will be shared with a range of organisations, including National and European Circus Associations, governments and universities, and be used to inform policy in Europe and individual Member States. This research has been funded by the European Commission.

To take part in this circus census, you will find here an on-line survey which has number of questions that relate to you, your education and training, your circus activity during 2018, your views on European Funding and information about the education of any children that were in your care at this time if you were touring in 2018. If you are an artist there are sections that ask about the number of shows you presented in this year and the number of audiences reached so it would be useful to have this information ready before starting to complete the census.

The circus census has been created with advice from: 
  • The European Association for Circus - Representing more than 130 circuses, festivals, trainers and artists in 29 countries;
  • The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque – The worldwide circus organisation for promoting and preserving Circus Arts;
  • CircusNext – The European Platform for Circus;
  • Circostrada – The European Network for Street Arts and Contemporary Circus;
  • The European Network for Traveller Education;
  • The European Federation of Professional Circus Schools (FEDEC).
The circus census is one component of "The Situation of Circus in Europe Study", the process of which also includes gathering information about the funding for circus in the same period from individual Member States and the European Commission, Case Studies and Focus Groups. The study is being authored by Researcher Verena Cornwall , in close consultation with international research company Panteia. 

The circus census is available to be completed in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. To change the language, or save your progress and continue completing the survey at a later date, just click on the top right hand side of the screen. If you fill out your email address here, a link will be sent to you that allows you to continue where you left off. Any email address provided will not be linked to your individual answers as all information obtained through this census is anonymous. Also at the end of the circus census you are offered the opportunity to say that you wish to receive a copy of the findings and if you wish to participate further with this research.  Any personal information that you add here will be separated from your census comments.

The census will take between 20 and 40 minutes to complete depending on your role in circus. For example, someone who is both a trainer and an artist will be asked more questions than someone who runs a circus cooperation project. If you require any further details about the census or the overall study you can contact me by email.

Your time dedicated to this circus census is very much appreciated. Please feel free to circulate the link to other circus colleagues. There is also a specific census survey for organisations working in circus, which can be found here

Thank you so very much for your input.

Verena Cornwall