UmCirkum is a shared cultural, educational and leisure center with an international reach open to the general public. The Norwegian Funds project has a fundamental background here.
We are expanding the offer of cultural and leisure activities in the Ostrava-South district and developing cultural events in Ostrava and the Moravian-Silesian Region with unique activities of the new circus, a multi-genre art course intertwining elements of acrobatics, dance, theater, pantomime, juggling, clowning and live music.
UmCirkum also has a new circus-training center with an expanded range of courses for children and adults focused on selected new circus disciplines. In the field of culture, we organize cultural events for the public. The UmCirkum residence provides artistic and creative facilities for artists and their new circus and street theater projects.
Important and specific attention is paid within the activities of the new circus platform UmCirkum to the support of foreign cooperation and partner projects with new circus lecturers, artists and organizations from all over the world as well as to the field of social circus.
We create original and entertaining programs for the public in the areas of the new circus and street theater.
We focus mainly on street theater, new circus productions, we organize the international festival CIRKULUM and we run the center of the new circus UmCirkum in Ostrava.
CTJ’s professional team is also involved in educational and social activities. The main and year-round educational activities include seminars, courses and workshops focusing on circus disciplines – juggling, aerial acrobatics, pair acrobatics, rope walking, cyrwheel, equilibristic, balance activities, etc. and their use in the social field (so-called social circus).
We organize intensive new circus courses, including workshops by renowned foreign lecturers, international exchanges, summer day camps for children or seminars for beginners and advanced, and thus we contribute to the development and motivation of all participants.
The association was founded in 2017 with the aim of creating conditions for circus artists to create diverse and high-quality circus art and to make circuses a larger and more visible part of Iceland’s culture.
The main goal of the association is to support the growth of circus art in Iceland by organizing various circus performances and events, independently and in cooperation with various partners and festivals.
Hringleikur is a member of SL – The Independent Theaters, the Baltic Nordic Circus Network and Caravan, the international youth circus and community circus organization. Some artists studied circus art at circus schools abroad, such as the Codarts Academy of the Arts in Rotterdam and AFUK in Copenhagen.