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MAD Festival offers residencies!

In 2022 residencies are possible from October 31 until November 6, 2022. Deadline for applications is June 15, 2022.

In 2023 residencies are possible from February 20 until February 26, 2023. Deadline for applications is September 15, 2022.

Are you interested in applying for a residency? Send in your application via the open call below. One week after the deadline has passed, candidates will be contacted.


Artists in residence receive an artisic fee. All residencies are open for all levels of circus artists - both beginning and experienced artists, both Belgian and international makers are welcome to develop their practices or new shows.


With its residencies, MAD puts the emphasis on development. If you work multi-disciplinary, with cross-overs, and if your artistic choices are clear and edgy, MAD will be even more motivated to grant you a residency. We also like transparency, open minds, concepts that connect people, respect, and a focus on subjects relevant to today’s society. MAD is always on the lookout for up to date artistic developments within the circus scene and for projects addressing contemporary challenges.

Custom residencies

If you find yourself in the research stage of your project, you’ll get sufficient time and space to experiment during a LAB RESIDENCY. When your project is already being developed, MAD offers you a CREATION RESIDENCY. During this residency you can finish the work on your show or installation.

But there are opportunities for those who just need space for technical trainings or rehearsals, as well. If possible, we even prefer to set up a long-lasting partnership: starting with a LAB RESIDENCY which evolves into a CREATION RESIDENCY and ends with your project finding its way to an audience. However, this is not a prerequisite.

Professional support

MAD does not only offer artistic and creative support, but support in terms of production, all promotional matters, and all things technical, as well. Artists get the opportunity to organise try-ours and showcase the result of their residency during the MAD Festival. The festival has a vast network which will be used to help broaden your creation’s audience.


Click here to apply for a residency!



Technical details spaces

In the files below, you can find more information about the technical details of the different spaces. 


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