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Accessibility information 

Information on the accessibility of each part of the Zirkus ON creation programme can be found here.  These apply to the creation programme starting with the call for proposals of the 6th  Zirkus ON Edition, 2024/25

You can't find the information you're looking for?  Please contact the responsible person at Zirkus ON.

Via e-mail: bewerbung(at) ; Subject: Accessibility
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Zirkus ON residencies take place in the respective premises of the creation alliance’s partners. These partners are located nationally at different locations in Germany and Eastern France.   

You can find all our partners here .

Accessibility at respective locations varies depending on the institution and festival.  

Some residency sites may not be suitable for a creation phase in 2024 and 2025 due to limited accessibility. Residency periods and locations can be adapted to the project according to the requirements and conditions stated in the artists’ Access Riders.


The Mentoring Programme accompanies each project through 2 experts in 2024 and coordinates topics with the project group’s individual needs and manner of communication.  

Usually, mentoring takes place via digital meetings and on-site at Zirkus ON events. Mentors, or rather their manner of mentoring can be adapted according to requirements and conditions stated in the Access Rider of the respective project.


Kick-off presentations at Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen at the end of May 2024 will take place at the following locations: Ruhrfestspielhaus, Großes Haus and Festspielzelt at Stadtgarten auf der Wiese behind Ruhrfestspielhaus.  

Stage presentations will take place in mid-September 2024 at Tollhaus Karlsruhe during ATOLL Festival on the site of  "Alter Schlachthof".  

Final presentations will take place in autumn 2025 at Pfefferberg Theater  in Berlin.  

As for the presentations, conditions stated in the Access Rider will be taken into account. If these cannot be met in the desired way, alternative solutions to meet respective needs will be found.  

Knowledge Transfer

Zirkus ON Knowledge Transfer is a growing toolbox open to projects, alliance partners and the circus scene.

Since 2022, it has included:  Zirkus ON #LABS - basic knowledge workshops of several days on the working foundation of basic production work at cooperation partners’ locations. Zirkus ONcamera - a moving image & media archive on our website. Video clips contain German spoken language. The programme trailer is subtitled in English.  Zirkus ONsite - a one-day event for circus enthusiasts and expert audience at a cooperation partners’ locations in Germany.  Zirkus ONair - an audio feature with interviews, available on our website. Zirkus ONpaper - a touring library with interlibrary loan option, featuring specialist literature and creation manuals about circus arts in German, French and English.

Unfortunately, not all building blocks are completely accessible at the moment. If individual elements are not accessible for Zirkus ON projects of the current edition, we will do our best to find individual solutions.  

Research & video teaser budget

These budgets are for artistic research and the production of a video teaser for the project. This budget is not meant to be used in order to compensate for additional costs of preparation and follow-up, travel, accommodation, care/support and accompanied participation due to lack of accessibility.
All Zirkus ON residencies and events, such as presentations, knowledge transfer and exchange with the circus scene, are designed according to the needs stated in the Access Rider.  

Exchange formats with the circus scene

In the creation programme, exchange with the circus scene can take place through networking within the alliance or at Zirkus ON events. As reoccurring formats, Zirkus ON also invites individual, interested projects, to pitching sessions (Berlin Circus Festival - Incubator) and trade fair visits/trade fair presentations (Internationale Kulturbörse Freiburg). Zirkus ON exchange formats can be designed according to the information in the Access Rider.


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