1. edition | 2015
Everything began in 2015 on one of the most beautiful places in the city: the children and youth circus Schatzinsel. With much enthusiasm, only little time and a firm belief in the idea, the first Berlin Circus Festival for Contemporary Circus was created in just six months.
With the first festival we created many of the formats that have since shaped the festival. On 10 days in Kreuzberg 1500 spectators could discover the first five productions.
Pictures by Hugo Estrela | Design by Frank Wagner
3. edition | 2017
At the beginning of 2017 we received a special and truly moving message. After many applications, the festival was granted ist first financial support by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. This support was a milestone in the history of the circus and meant more than just a financial relief: it was also a first step towards the recognition of the circus as an artform.
After a rainy summer, the clouds opened up just in time for the beginning of the festival and a fantastic late summer took its course. After just a few days of festival, it became clear that this was going to be a very special festival. In the end, all events were sold out for 10 days.
Pictures by Johanna Maria Fritz | Design by Leonard Bergmann
5. edition | 2019
Always think ahead and keep going strong. In May, we we received the mind-blowing news of the decision that the Senate for Culture and Europe will include the Berlin Circus Festival in the four-year funding scheme for festivals in Berlin. With this support, the Berlin Circus Festival has a solid base and will continue in the coming years to enrich Berlin‘s cultural calendar with great contemporary circus on the Tempelhof Field.
We thank you for the wonderful trust and look forward to many more years together with you: Berlin Circus Festival.
2. edition | 2016
The first successful edition and the great enthusiasm of the audience gave us energy to go on and continue on the path we started. However, it quickly became clear that the location of the first festival was too small for the many ideas and enthusiastic spectators.
And so we moved to Tempelhof field. Still without financial support from the cultural department, we dove into a huge adventure: We had to transform an empty meadow into a unique place of culture. The 2nd edition was probably the most challenging edition but showed us equally, what a power lies in the circus.
Pictures by Ekopics | Design by Leonard Bergmann
4. edition | 2018
It was clear early enough that there cannot be a better place than the Tempelhof Field for the Berlin Circus Festival. But one thing was missing: a tent of out own, a suitable venue for the growing festival. With much support and a little effort, we plunged into the adventure and a little bit later the white beauty found her way to us.
With now two tents and an outdoor stage, we decided to expand the program again and to create more space to discover the many facets of our favorite art form.
We're proud to have had a number of magnificent performers with us in Berlin. One of our core values is to present international high-quality productions. Gender equality and openness towards all cultures is key to our work. We want to establish contemporary circus as an art form in Germany.
Discover here all artists who have played at the Berlin Circus Festival.
It was a special pleasure for us to welcome the three artists of the Collectif Still Hungry with us for the world premiere of their production "RAVEN" - a powerful, wonderful and important piece that deals with the theme of "Rabenmütter".
Supported with a residency at the Berlin Circus Festival and the Chamäleon Theater Berlin, the three are now on tour with their first own production.