Open call for “Circus for Climate” laboratories in March


The team behind the Riga circus international project “Circus for Climate” is inviting youngsters aged 14 to 18 to apply for one of the March Laboratories #4 or #5 with the themes: Movement, environment and activism.

The open call is mainly intended for youngsters from Kurzeme, Latvia.

Laboratory #4
Venue: Dundaga’s castle, Talsi region
Date: 10 – 13 March, 2023

Laboratory #5
Venue: Laidu Manor, Gulbenes region
Date: 15 – 18 March, 2023

The number of places are limited
Deadline for application: 19 FEBRUARY, 2023

This will be an opportunity for us together  to get to know circus, dance and theater techniques, to participate in discussions about climate change issues, and to learn more about the possible solutions, as well as to experience how the participants’ creative ideas turn into a circus performance!

  • In the laboratories you can expect walks in nature with mind and body exercises, physical movement, such as group or dance acrobatics and games.
  • We will also learn more about what contemporary circus is, through watching performances, talking with circus artists as well as participating in other creative tasks.
  • We will also talk and share more information about activism, not only how it works in other countries, but also, with a guest lecturer, we will learn how youth activism works in Latvia.

All this will bring us together to create for a more sustainable future!

The laboratories will be led by contemporary circus and dance artists from “Acting for Climate” (Norway):  Amund Bentsen, Emma Langmoen, Abigael Winsvold and Michele De Riu – together with circus and dance artists from Latvia: Aleksey Smolov, Alise Bokaldere and Maija Sukute, who will be joined by the Latvian composer Kaspars Kurdeko.


Rules for application:

In order to apply we kindly ask you to create a short video in English (no longer than 90sec) that shows your interest in the issues/solutions of climate change to show us your motivation for participating in one of the laboratories.

In the video

1. Introduce yourself (Name, where are you from, why you want to apply to the lab?)
2. Show or tell us what you are interested in when it comes to the issues or solutions of climate change. What is something you are already doing to help the environment?

Also, due to the fact that the laboratories will be mainly held in English, we kindly ask to answer to all questions in the application form in English.

The number of places are limited
Deadline for application: 05 FEBRUARY, 2023
Application form: HERE

Accommodation, transportation to and from the venues as well as food are all included.
Participation in the LAB’s #4 and #5 is free.

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The project is created by  “Rīgas cirks” in collaboration with “Acting for Climate”. It’s main goal is to explore the collective empowerment that a multidisciplinary approach to education, art and activism can provide. The aim is to create a space for youngsters, artists and environmental specialists to meet and to work together across different regions of Latvia around the topic of art activism for environmental sustainability.

More about the project HERE

The project has been created with the support of the European Economic Area (EEA) Grants Financial Mechanism funding period 2014. – 2021. programme “Local Development, Poverty Reduction, and Cultural Cooperation” open call “Support for the Creation of Professional Art and Cultural Products for Children and Youth”.

The project’s total eligible costs are  231 636 euros. The project Nr.EEZ/2021/1/16 “Circus for Climate” created by SLLC “Rīgas cirks” in collaboration with “Acting for Climate” benefits from a financing of 196 890.65 euros from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway EEA Grants and 34 745.42 euros from national co-financing. The project’s realisation period is from 1 March 2022 until 31 July 2023.

More information about the EEA Grants Financial Mechanism can be found HERE