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Social circus is an innovative artistic intervention based on the circus
arts. It is considered an effective catalyst for creating social change as it
helps marginalized individuals assume their place within a community and enrich
that community with their talents.
Based on this motivation, the Circ’Us project was born. Mahatat (Egypt) and
the Drosos Foundation joined the French Institute in Egypt, Goethe Institute in
Cairo and Robert Bosch Foundation and Vuesch Association (Germany) and
Nomadways (France) to organize a circus residency and street art tour in the
Nile Delta Region in Egypt. From 27 September to 19 October, Circ’Us brought
together 20 French, German and Egyptian circus and street artists, specialized
in social circus, street theatre, acrobat, or physical theatre to develop
workshops and performances across 10 cities in Egypt.
The Circ’Us project mobilizes a large network of Egyptian governmental and
civil society organizations, the project is implemented in partnership with:
Alliance Francaise du Port Said, Public Library of Port Said, Damanhour Public
Library , Eish lel Nas associations, Rabi3 and i-Act (International Association
for Creation & Training) in addition to Darb Al-Ahmar Arts School and the
The 10-day residency based in Port Said allowed the participants to develop
and implement a show together for the tour. The training component offered
introductory workshops in circus arts to the children and youth of Port Said
and training sessions for youth circus artists in all tour locations with 440
participants – mostly youth.
The tour took place with a total audience of 6160 people, Port Said, Damietta,
Farascour, Mansoura, Kafr Bhot, Abo Mangoug, Damanhour, Alexandria and Cairo.
A group of 20 Artists (5 French – 5 german – 10 egyptian) led by the
Artistic Direction of Nomadways
Drosos Foundation, Institute Francais
d’Egypt, Goethe Institute in
Cairo, Robert Bosch Foundation, Nomadways and VUESCH