circusnext PLaTFoRM 2019-2021: Call for Projects back to listing

Applications for CircusNext platform are now open. Funded by Creative Europe, the programme will support singular and creative emerging circus artists through  their creation process with residencies, funding, networking & touring opportunities.

As before all UK & ROI applications will be handled by Circus Futures and assessed by our “in-country” Judges who will score the applications against the set criteria for CircusNext and offer additional comments by way of feedback to applicants. UK & ROI applications will be selected by the Circus Futures Jury and sent to the Paris office as the “UK & ROI selected companies.” These files will then be reviewed by all of the CircusNext European Jury Members and from these the 12 final “Pre-selected” companies from across Europe will be chosen. After performances by each of the 12 “Pre-Selected companies” at Domelhof in Neerpelt, six Laureates will be selected. The Laureates receive a €10,000 grant, residencies, mentoring and assistance. They are also hosted by PLaTFoRM Members to present work-in-progress performances and residencies and are invited to present a 30-minute extract of their future show at an international Showcase in Paris in 2021.


The Circus Futures UK & ROI Jury 2019 comprises:
Miriam Dunne – Waterford Spraoi Festival & Independent Producer (ROI)
Kate Hartoch – Circus City Festival (UK)
Laura Murphy – Artist and CircusNext Laureate 2018 (UK)
Verena Cornwall – Circus Futures (UK & ROI) as Jury President
Plus a Guest Member of the CircusNext European Jury

Timeline of CircusNext Platform Selection Process 2019 -2021
Closing of Open Call: Friday 7 June 2019 at noon (12:00) GMT+1
National Selections: From mid-June to 30 September 2019
European Pre-selection (on written applications) by the CircusNext European Jury: 14 and 15 November 2019
Selection Week (live performances of scratch pieces) with the CircusNext European Jury: 11 to 16 May 2020
Laureates Public Presentations in Paris: 21 to 23 January 2021

Further details about the overall process can be found here.

The overall Creative Europe Platform programme objectives are:

• Promoting emerging artists and stimulating a truly European programming of cultural and artistic works
• Fostering the mobility and visibility of emerging creators and artists from abroad
• Stimulating a genuine Europe-wide programming of cultural and artistic activities
• Contributing to audience development and providing visibility to Europe’s values and different cultures
• Implementing a communication and branding strategy, including the development of a European quality label

New funds from Creative Europe have been secured to cover CircusNext activities running from 2018 to 2021. Circus Futures is a founding Partner of CircusNext – previously titled Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe – and continues to be a core European Jury Member. Details of all CircusNext Partners can be found here.