Who we are

The FEDEC supports the development and evolution of training, education and creation in the field of circus arts.

Its missions and goals are as follows:

QUALITY OF CIRCUS ARTS TRAINING
  • To improve the quality of circus arts education, creation and innovation
  • To strengthen the governance, leadership and management of training institutes through facilitating mutual learning, the exchange of experience and the transfer of best practice
COOPERATION, TRAINING & EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION
  • To strengthen the links between the training levels – leisure, secondary, vocational and higher – through international peer exchanges (training programmes, seminars, brainstorming sessions and studies)
  • To improve European mobility for students, teachers, directors, technicians and administrators
  • To develop educational exchanges in the form of collective creations, continuous training and e-learning, and to develop freely accessible innovative educational tools
  • To encourage applied research in fields connected with circus arts education
  • To strengthen the international dimension of schools and training programmes thanks to improved cooperation between its members and the partner organisations in Europe and in other parts of the world
PROFESSIONAL INTEGRATION
  • To promote the work of young artists in training by organizing artistic development exchanges and co-producing shows
  • To help them enter the job market by strengthening collaboration and synergies with the professional sector (troupes, companies, residency locations, festivals, national unions or federations and leisure schools)
  • To post job, residency, creation and cooperation opportunities on the FEDEC website
STRUCTURING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FORMULATING NEW POLICIES
  • To support its members and encourage their structuring and recognition initiatives locally, regionally and nationally
  • To support the recognition of training programmes as centres of creation, innovation and research
  • To advocate training programmes at a local, regional, national, European and international level, and produce sector recommendations for stakeholders in Circus Arts education
  • To work for recognition of the specific characteristics of circus arts education and its occupations
  • To contribute as a partner network of the European Commission - DG EAC and DG EMPL (ESCO) – to the European policies on education and arts training, recognition of professions and employment prospects through sector recommendations
  • To raise awareness among its members and partners of European policies on education and training, culture, youth and employment, and develop their capacity to actively contribute to them
SECTOR OBSERVATION
  • To monitor the sector through consultations and surveys among its members and partner networks
  • To analyse the data and issue recommendations on future developments