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. You can visit the Nurtsi 2019 festival site here: https://snsl.fi/nurtsi-festival-2019/
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.
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FYCA in a nutshell
❧ Founded in 1991
❧ 45 member organizations around Finland with approximately 10,000 students. Check the updated list here.
❧ Approximately 500 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
Mariankatu 15 b B 7
00170 Helsinki, Finland
+358 50 414 2041
Assistant trainers sharing knowledge (ASK)
Assistant trainers sharing knowledge (ASK) is a project coordinated by FYCA and funded by the Erasmus+ program. Altogether 11 European partners make the project happen between the years 2018-2020. The project focuses on creating a European model for circus assistant trainer training. During the project five masterclasses take place. They are aimed both for the assistant trainers or young trainers-to-be as well as professionals working with assistant trainers, including circus teachers, trainer and other staff. In addition, during the project also video learning material as well as guidelines for circus schools / youth circuses is created.
All in all, the project aims to support assistant trainers in their role both during the project as well as after its ending through the created outputs. The four multiplier events organised in different countries will also share the information and the project results to more than 220 participants.
The project partners:
The Finnish Youth Circus Association, Finland
Estonian Contemporary Circus Development Centre, Estonia
Fundacja Miasto Projekt, Poland
Vlaams centrum voor circuskunsten, Belgium
Giocolieri e Dintorni, Italy
Circomundo, the Netherlands
Circus Works, UK
The dates of the masterclasses in 2019:
27.2.–3.3.2019 Tallinn, Estonia
3.–7.4.2019 Lodz, Poland
9.–13.10.2019 the Netherlands
Learner centred learning in Circus (LCL)
The LCL project focuses on learner centred learning in the youth circus field. The project is a collaboration project between 11 partners and it is coordinated by the German umbrella organisation BAG-Zirkuspädagogik.
During the project two training modules are organized (in Gschwend – Germany, on the 13th-17th of September 2019 and in Toulouse – France on the 9th-13th March 2020. During and after the exchange the facilitators will produce a “report/handbook” covering the reflections, activities and methods, which will come out of the exchange. A dedicated website will be created to gather and share all material. The results of this process will also be disseminated through multiplier events in different countries
For more information about the project, see the EYCO website.
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.
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.
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.