ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Circus play many different roles in today's times. One of the main roles it plays is influencing the society around it by reflecting what is going on through circus arts. The purpose of the festival is to bring these arts and make them accessible to the communities in and around Mardin. In Mardin, 44% of the population is under 24 years old. With the lack of artistic activity going on, the youth have no outlets for their creativity or access to different ideas and views about the world in which they live. So having an international circus arts festival in Mardin will bring many new possibilities to the children in the surrounding communities.
What we intend to achieve through these projects is to bring art to the masses. We hope to enrich the atmosphere and the lives of the locals through workshops, performances, and interacting with the community. Other goals we hope to see happen are, having workshops throughout the year, offering many different skills and styles of art, and inviting artists for long term teaching sessions. By teaching many different art disciplines it will help create good habits and better awareness of the body and the mind. Also, by giving the children the skills taught at the workshops they can practice and improve on their own and they will be given the chance to perform during the festival. Increasing the awareness of art and having performers from different countries throughout the city will help us to reach a place where there is intercultural dialog. Lots of diversity will be intersting for artsits and locals.
THE ORIGINS OF SOCIAL CIRCUS
“Social Circus refers to the growing movement toward the use of circus arts as mediums for social justice and social good. It uses alternative pedagogical tools to work with youth who are marginalized or at social or personal risk. Through the dynamic approach of art based education, the Social Circus seeks to expand the opportunities of and teach valuable skills to marginalized youth. The Social Circus recognizes and values the role of art and culture as powerful agents in the education of at-risk youth, producing knowledge, and promoting the interchange of ideas and experiences, impacting society and the public organizations responsible for youth education. With rigorous training, interpersonal dialogue and expression, and the acquisition of goals through dedication, the social circus has the ability to alter the lives of at-°©risk youth. Autonomy, solidarity, selfesteem, physical fitness, communication, and adaptability are some of the skills learned and practiced.
“Circus is an art form existing in all cultures…accessible to all social classes. Art of achievement, federating different cultures, circus builds because it turns upside down the rules. Learn to find its way when your head is upside down, helps to improve its capacity to situate oneself in a group…Clowning around helps to take oneself seriously .Circus is an encounter. Encounter with the heights and the fear, encounter with partner, encounter with its own absurdity, with its own animal. Encounter with the game. Circus is a circle that helps us to grow up. It is also a circle helping us to become again a child” Katerina Flora