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Join the Circus! - Circus Arts as Tools for Social Inclusion
Start date: Jul 1, 2014, End date: Jan 1, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In today’s world we have to implement creative methods to reach the marginalized youth of our communities, to motivate them to be active, to believe in themself and to work hard to reach their goals. One of these creative methods are circus arts: young people can acquire different skills and competences by doing circus - they are learning much more than good looking tricks. They learn how to learn, how to be persistent, how to respect and believe in themselves and in their surroundings, and how to realize their potentials in this completely inclusive world which is the world of the circus. All in all: circus can be used as a creative and innovative methods to motivate young people and to improve competences. In modern circus, the learning environment is positive and creative, so everybody can find its place and talent in it. And last but not least, through performances, it gives a positive image to the society of the marginalized youth groups, who are otherwise often seen as ’future criminals’. So in the end circus workshops can teach tolarace and the value of being different, and can fight discrimination and exclusion. The training focuses on sharing these practices and proposing creative and innovative methods of working with young people with challenging background. The project is a training course involving 22 participants from 8 different countries, and 3 trainers and the focus is using circus arts as tools for social inclusion. The project will take place in Budapest, between 1-8 October 2014. The participants will be animators, youth workers, activists, volunteers, artists working with young people with challenging background. The project will engage participants by using circus arts and non-formal education methods, as games, moving, role plays, discussions are the main methods used in the program. The method which we consider innovative and effective, is based on playful participatory circus activities, combined and balanced with discussions on the development and the application of the tools in the local context of the participants. The participants will have the possibility to meet the local community, adn to be engaged in a local action. This will take place in Pesterzsébet, on the perifery of Budapest, in a community centre called Pince. So the participants will have the oportunity to implement the learned methods in the local context. The final goal of the work with the youth will be the presentation of a show in the end of the week. The main elements of the program will be the following: - Ice breaking, team building - Introduction to methods of community/social circus - Creative playful ways of youth work though clowning, performance, phisical theater, juggling and acrobatics - Open space for sharing skills and experiences - Intercultural night - Visiting a local social circus project, meeting the local community. - Working together with the local youth, implemeting the learned techniques, preparing a show, perform for the community. - Reflection and evaluation time - Presentation of the ERASMUS+ - Application and future project planning As for the results and impact, the participants will learn innovative and creative methods of working with young people, their competences will improve (intercultural competences, social and creative skills, artistic competences etc). The participants will bring back and apply the methods within their local context. That's why, the project will have an impact at the local as well as at the international level. A new network will be established, and future collaborations are foreseen. The short video will help the dissemination of the results.

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