What would circus be without a little risk? A question more and more people within the circus world are actively reflecting upon, all while aware that spectacle should be inextricably linked with safety and prevention. Parallel to the next edition of MAD Festival, we'll be organising the international conference 'Circus - a safe(r) space for danger', a collaboration with Circuscentrum.

Save the date: Antwerp, 10-12 April 2024

Throughout their careers, circus practitioners move from one role to another. From informal to formal scenarios, taking up roles as educators, artists or organisers; creating or performing, both on-stage and behind the scenes. While moving between these worlds, safety is key. Because life in the circus is all about questioning boundaries, bending rules and changing perspectives, often while in close interaction with others. How can we provide a safe environment and take care of ourselves and others?

The conference is aimed at the international circusworld and will be emphasizing three kinds of safety that should be prevalent in any circus environment: technical, physical and psycho-social safety. 

We're looking for you!

Are you active in the circus world and do you have any good practices or critical thoughts to share? Whether you're working on new rigging techniques, have developed a new way of preventing injuries or intend to create a space where sexism and intimidation don't stand a chance: we invite you to share your vision and approach. Check out our call for posters on safety in circus and hand in your idea until 30 January. 

Would you like to stay informed about the conference? Fill out this form so we can keep you updated on the programme and let you know when enrollment starts.

Our core partners are MAD Festival, Circuscentrum and Ell Circo D'ell Fuego. Moreover we are supported by FEDEC, EYCOCircostrada and Caravan Circus Network and sponsored by Flanders State of the Art.