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Advocacy agencies and professional information providers

There are three essential organisations providing advocacy and information on Finnish professional circus. CircusInfo Finland is both the physical and online contact point for any kind of information on Finnish circus. Information and training concerning youth circus, social circus, and circus teachers and instructors is provided by the Finnish Youth Circus Association. The Union of Dance and Circus Artists Finland and its umbrella organisation The Trade Union for Theatre and Media Finland (Teme) advises on all matters related to employment.

CircusInfo Finland

CircusInfo Finland was established in 2006 to serve the interests of the Finnish circus field. It supports the artistic and cultural development of Finnish circus art through its strong networks and promotional activities both in Finland and abroad, and organises workshops and provides mentoring for circus professionals. CircusInfo also organises Finnish circus showcase events with networking opportunities for professionals, and presents Finnish circus in international performing arts fairs, seminars and gatherings. CircusInfo Finland receives yearly funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture.

CircusInfo Finland also collects information on Finnish circus. It maintains an online database on professional Finnish circus artists, performances and companies in both Finnish and English. It compiles statistics and reports related to activity in the circus field to aid political decision-making, and collects a reference library on Finnish and foreign circus literature, including performance files, newspaper clippings and video materials.

CircusInfo Finland also coordinates the Baltic Nordic Circus Network (BNCN), which is a collaborative network of fourteen circus arts organisations in the Baltic and Nordic countries. The network aims to strengthen regional collaboration and to develop the circus field in the Baltic Sea region, for example by arranging workshops and meetings for artists and other circus professionals from the area.

The Finnish Youth Circus Association

The Finnish Youth Circus Association (FYCA) was founded in 1991 for promoting amateur youth circus activities. It organises training, events and camps mainly for circus amateurs, but the association also provides training for circus teachers and instructors. Since 2015, the association has convened a social circus committee to share thoughts concerning the future of social circus in Finland. The association publishes a printed circus magazine, Sirkuspyramidi, which is published quarterly in Finnish.

The Union of Dance and Circus Artists Finland

Since 2005 circus artists have been able to to join the Union of Dance and Circus Artists Finland. This organisation is part of the Trade Union for Theatre and Media Finland (Teme) together with six other unions working in the fields of performing arts, television and film. the Union advises and provides information on all matters related to employment. It negotiates collective labour agreements and sees that the provisions of contracts are complied with. The Union also provides legal services, unemployment benefits, help with job applications, and help in matters related to copyright.

The Union actively cooperates with the most important organisations in the field of culture in Finland and publishes a printed magazine called Liitos. The magazine is published quarterly in Finnish, and focuses on the professional realities of dance and circus artists, teachers and choreographers.

Lotta Nevalainen

— International Affairs Manager, Circusinfo

"In my opinion the most important challenge for circus in Finland is the lack of structures related to performing, touring and rehearsing on the national level, as well as general fnancial instability and a lack of travel support for domestic and international mobility. Even though Finnish circus is doing well internationally it is still quite an unknown genre for the general public in Finland. The absence of a national touring network and of suitable performance spaces restricts the development of the Finnish circus field."

Photo: Jouni Ihalainen