The Finnish Youth Circus Association

The Finnish Youth Circus Association (FYCA) is the national umbrella organisation of youth circuses in Finland. The association was founded in 1991.

FYCA promotes amateur youth circus activities and aims at providing better facilities for youth circuses, circus amateurs and circus teachers. The association brings together both amateurs and professionals and develops possibilities for children and young people to take part in circus activities.

In order to reach its mission, FYCA educates trainers and creates possibilities for children and youth to take part in circus activities. FYCA organizes events, festivals, summer camps, courses and educational workshops. Production and publication of educational materials, providing information and projects in collaboration with several other actors are also an important part of the activity.

A bigger festival is organised every second year and it serves both as a meeting place, a training and performing opportunity as well as an opportunity of sharing for the whole field. In 2017, the festival was organised together with Suomen Nuorisoseurat and Suomen Harrastajateatteriliitto in Lappeenranta. The next festival will be held in Espoo in June 2019 and international participants are welcomed to the festival. In 2021, a big international youth circus festival called CircoEstrada is planned to be organised in Lahti for the first time.

In 2016, more than 2500 people took part in the trainings, camps and activities organised by the association. More than 20 000 people took part in the weekly activities and workshops organised by the member organisations.

FYCA also keeps in contact with similar organizations internationally being a founding member of European Youth Circus Organization (EYCO) and a member of the Baltic-Nordic Circus Network. The association has been in charge and taken part in several international cooperation projects. Another main focus is on the accessibility of the circus hobby, both socially (immigrants, people with special needs) as regionally (small towns, peripheral areas etc.).

The association has run several projects to increase the accessibility of circus with the funding of the Ministry of education and Culture and Finnish Cultural Foundation with the result of new groups having started their work and materials being produced, to mention a few examples.

You can also find us on:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/suomen.nuorisosirkusliitto
Instagram: @Nuorisosirkusliitto
Twitter: @Nuorisosirkus

FYCA in a nutshell
❧ Founded in 1991
❧ 45 member organizations around Finland with approximately 10,000 students. Check the updated list here.
❧ Approximately 250 circus teachers and trainers work in the youth circuses and clubs.
❧ A founding member of European Youth Circus Organization (EYCO) and a member of the Baltic-Nordic Circus Network

Contacts
snslfi(at)gmail.com
Mariankatu 15 b B 7
00170 Helsinki, Finland
+358 50 414 2041

Projects

Professionalizing European Youth Circuses (PEYC)

FYCA coordinates the Erasmus+ funded project Professionalizing European Youth Circuses (PEYC). The project is a European cooperation between nine partners. You can find the list of the partners here.

The project aims to increase the professional competencies of circus teachers and trainers and improve the quality of youth work done in youth circuses across Europe.

During the project, different training courses will be organised for circus trainers and teachers as well as for youth circus leaders and other administrative staff.

PEYC aims to encourage the people working in the youth circuses to understand their role as a youth worker and to appreciate it. Besides being just a pastime activity, circus can also be an efficient tool to increase social inclusion and physical and social well-being.

For more information, see www.peyc.eu.
A lot of materials, circus games, exercises, tips etc: www.peyc.eu/resource-centre/

Publications

The Partner Acrobatics and Pyramid Cards

99 cards, 99 exercises in partner acrobatics and pyramids! By balancing together and making pyramids individuals learn working in pairs and groups, as well as to trust others and be trusted.

Partner acrobatics and pyramids are a great way to learn to work in pairs and groups. Children and teenagers enjoy doing things together. Lone tasks are rarely inspiring for young people. By balancing together and making pyramids individuals learn to trust others and to be trusted. It also builds team spirit in a group.

The cards are created by Mirja Tuomi and published by The Finnish Youth Circus Association.

Every card has instructions on the back side. There are a 99 cards in each deck. The cards are divided into three different groups: partner stunts, three-person pyramids and pyramids and  are colour coded according to their difficulty. The card set comes with an instructional booklet.

Price: Members 25 € / Others 35 € + postage.
Teachers and students of our member organisations as well as the students’ parents are entitled to the reduced price of 25 euros per deck.
You can order the cards by email snslfi(at)gmail.com or, if you live in Finland, you can buy them from our webshop.

Sirkuspyramidi magazine
The association publishes a printed circus magazine, Sirkuspyramidi. The magazine is published quarterly in Finnish since 1993. Sirkuspyramidi magazine is dedicated to circus arts, youth circus, circus critics and reports and news from the circus field. The magazine is a member of the circus arts magazine network INCAM.