The project “Circus for climate” reveals the fears and hopes of young people about their future
Will we make it? What will the world be like affected by the effects of climate change? Or will humanity succeed in “fixing” the climate? Are people ready to change?
“Circus for Climate” is a collaboration project between Riga Circus (“Rīgas cirks”) and Norwegian network for performing arts and sustainable circus company “Acting for Climate”, launched in March 2022.
The first major phase of the project has come to an end: our creative laboratories are now over. Altogether, we run five labs with young people from all over Latvia. The purpose of the laboratories was to talk about climate through the language of contemporary art and find out what young people are concerned about in relation to environmental and climate problems. How do they see climate change? How can we fix it? What solutions do we need?
When asked, young people identified Latvia’s biggest environmental as follows:
- Deforestation, extinction of forests and ecosystems;
- Dependence on oil and natural gas for heat and energy production;
- Amount of waste, natural pollution, non-separation of waste and plastic use and pollution;
- Transport: quantity of vehicles;
- Air pollution from production and heating;
- Pesticides and agricultural pollution.
The topics discussed in the laboratories, and the collaboration of artists and young people will result in a contemporary circus performance that will take place at the end of May.
Another product of co-creation to see the light soon will be the comic strip book, produced by artists Ingrīda Picukāne and Vivianna Maria Stanislavska the with incredible and daring creative input from the young people during the Lab #1.
The project has been created with the support of the European Economic Area (EEA) Grants Financial Mechanism funding period 2014. – 2021. program “Local Development, Poverty Reduction, and Cultural Cooperation” open call “Support for the Creation of Professional Art and Cultural Products for Children and Youth”.