SUPPORT FOR MEMBERS AND PARTNERS IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND RECOGNITION OF CIRCUS ARTS TRAINING AT A NATIONAL, REGIONAL AND LOCAL LEVEL.
The FEDEC’s role is to support its members in their dialogue with national institutions to have their training programmes and diplomas recognised by national and regional education systems, and to have circus arts recognised as a major art form as well as the professions which make up the sector (circus artist, teacher, circus school director, circus rigger).
Building a training pathway consistent with both the rationale of an education system and the needs of the circus arts sector is complicated. The FEDEC provides its members with the opportunity to call upon educational directors of schools of various levels of education and types of structures to benefit from their expertise in setting up training programmes, or for visits to support, assess and confirm the different development stages for a training programme (diploma under recognition, move from a vocational school to an institution of higher education, structuring a training scheme in a country).
The FEDEC works for the recognition of innovative forms of learning, whether it is initial, non-formal and informal training or online training (e-learning).
DIALOGUE WITH THE OTHER SEGMENTS AND NETWORKS IN THE CIRCUS SECTOR FOR RECOGNITION IN EUROPE.
The structuring and recognition of the circus arts sector has been made possible through stakeholder cooperation and solidarity. As regards training, it has gained new momentum thanks to the cooperation between the different segments in the sector which are linked within trade unions and networks and European networks.
The FEDEC also plays a pivotal role in partner networks (EYCO, SAWA) by providing its expertise in terms of network creation and coordination, inter-network procedure and cooperation, and preparation of European projects. Since 2016, the circus is the only performative art recognised by the European Commission (DG EAC Culture and Education) at three levels:
- Youth: EYCO has been recognised as a youth network active at European level under the Erasmus+ KA3 programme, Support for policy reform – Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Youth
- Education and training: FEDEC has been recognised since 2009 as a training network active at European level (Lifelong learning Platform, then Erasmus+ KA3).
- Culture: CIRCOSTRADA is recognised as a cultural network active at European level.
The twice-yearly encounters, the focus groups and joint events have provided opportunities for discussion, cooperation, reflection and professional representation at a European level.
Since its inception, the FEDEC has initiated a collaborative approach with several networks in the circus arts education sector (EYCO, FFEC, FSEC, etc.) as well as with networks of organisations and festivals supporting, hosting and producing/programming circus artists who have followed our training programmes: Circostrada, Territoires de Cirque, ARTCENA formerly HorslesMurs, JTCE – Circus Next, etc.). As regards partnerships, several festivals have adopted a genuine policy of programming and support for young creation (Circa, Sul Filo Del Circo, Festival Up!, Piste aux espoirs, etc.). Private partners supporting the FEDEC (M. Alain Pacherie - Cirque Phénix and Alan Blim from Just Juggling) have also contributed to the training-profession dialogue benefiting the development of the training sector and the professional integration of young artists.
All of these stakeholders pool their efforts to provide the best support for young artists’ career plans from their first year of training through hosting their school, or their personal projects in residencies, through placements, courses, co-productions and programming/purchasing shows, and by promoting them at the end of the training programme.
As part of this strategy, the FEDEC participates in several collaborations on multi-year projects with several networks. For further details, visit the specific web pages:
- Collaboration between the FEDEC and Circostrada’s Fresh Circus for promoting students’ transition into the workplace (participation in working groups, ‘Off the record’ discussion at the FEDEC Encounters at CIRCa and Fresh Circus )
- Collaboration between the FEDEC and the festivals resulting in the development of programming and support policies for specific young innovative companies. They are in Focus Groups #4 and #5 and the CIRCLE project (collaboration between the FEDEC and CIRCa which has been hosting the CIRCLE project since 2007), MIROIR and ESCALES.
- Collaboration of our members with Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe as part of the CircusNext project for producing, hosting and supporting the professionalisation of young artists
- Inter-network meetings for a consistent circus education pathway, involving FFEC (youth, leisure and professional circus in France), EYCO (youth and leisure circus in Europe) and FEDEC (secondary, professional and higher education in Europe and across the world)
- Private financial support from Cirque Phénix and Just Juggling.