Circostrada is the European Network for Contemporary Circus and Outdoor Arts.


Created in 2003 with the core mission of furthering the development, empowerment and recognition of these fields at European and international levels, over the years the network has become an important anchoring point for its members and a key interlocutor in the dialogue with cultural policy makers across Europe. In a few words, Circostrada is:

  • A community of contemporary circus and outdoor arts professionals linked together by common values and aspirations, who advocate for greater recognition and more structured cultural policies.
  • The voice and reference network of contemporary circus and outdoor arts in Europe.
  • A group of passionate and committed individuals who meet several times a year at the network’s events.
  • A network dedicated to its members, engaged in facilitating the exchange of experiences, knowledge, and good practices at European and international levels.
  • A digital resource platform that provides thematic publications, observation tools and news on contemporary circus and outdoor arts, available to all free of charge in English and French.


In 2022 Teatronas has hosted the General meeting for the Circostrada Members and Partners.


For the occasion, the special publication CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS & OUTDOOR ARTS IN LITHUANIA was published. Online version is available here.

Baltic Nordic Circus Network

Baltic Nordic Circus Network (BNCN) is a collaborative network of 19 circus arts organisations in the Baltic and Nordic countries.


The network works to strengthen the regional collaboration and development of the circus sector. BNCN organises activities which aim to support the circus field in the Baltic-Nordic countries at large. From workshops to seminars to international residencies – for both artists and industry professionals focus on skills development, best practice, increased knowledge and cooperation as well as cultural and national identity.


BNCN’s ultimate aim is to increase visibility of contemporary circus practice in the Baltic and Nordic region as well as increasing cooperation between circus organisations in the Baltic and Nordic countries.


Between 20232025 BNCN is hosted by Teatronas (LT) and the co-hosted by various members. 


circusnext is a European circus label: the creators selected by a European jury stand out for their singularity and creativity. Their artworks question us, jostle us, enchant us, move us.


circusnext is also the “Europe of circus”: a platform of about thirty partners from 17 countries who gather around founding values – the identification of unique talents, support to emergence and creation, European cooperation.


circusnext thus proposes a European program of support for creation and diffusion to emerging contemporary circus authors identified for their singular writings.


Grassroot network started in 2021 to ensure the possibility for Baltic circus artists to meet, to work and to grow together with main support of Nordic Culture Point and other partners. Main goal of the network is that artists take an active part in the decision making process to create the necessary boost for the artistic community. 


With the aim to provide opportunities for growth, collaboration and improve the professional capacity of operating artists, at the moment the initiative includes leading Baltic circus arts institutions and umbrella organizations as well as professional circus artists and artistic companies. 

Samovar circles

Samovar Circles is a newly created think tank focusing on how to tackle the new challenges and opportunities for the performing arts in post covid times. Artists and presenters in the Nordic and Baltic contemporary circus and performing arts scene are invited to a series of intimate and highly participative meetings, workshops and seminars on the following questions:


  • What is the future of international collaboration?
  • How do we develop the work for diversity in times of crises?
  • How do we support the new generation of artists?


Samovar Circles aims to be an empathy driven collective catalyst and boiler of ideas from which inspiration can ripple into new working models for tomorrow. The network is initiated with the objective to support artists and presenters across the field to keep going, strengthen relationships and find out together how to build new support