Zeit für Zirkus

celebrates the diverse genre of contemporary circus in various cities across Germany with performances, premieres, workshops, exchange formats, parties, online formats and much more! This year's cities are Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Bochum, Dresden and more.  

From November 17 - 19, 2023, the 3rd edition of the nationwide festival Zeit für Zirkus will coincide with the international Nuit Du Cirque.

Save the date:
November 15 - 17, 2024
November 14 - 16, 2024

Zeit für Zirkus: La Nuit du Cirque in Germany

Zeit für Zirkus is the German counterpart to the French La Nuit du Cirque, an international event organized by Territoires de Cirque (France), and aims to give Contemporary Circus more visibility in the cultural scene and beyond. During one weekend in November, Contemporary Circus is shown at various venues all over Germany and internationally. Take a look at our neighbors: https://lanuitducirque.com/en/ (Europe) // http://lanuitducirque.procirque.ch (Switzerland). https://lanuitducirque.com/en/ (Europaweit) // http://lanuitducirque.procirque.ch (Schweiz). 

Contemporary circus inspires, questions, touches, makes you laugh, connects. It's time for circus!

What is the goal? 

Zeit für Zirkus wants to give Contemporary Circus a nationwide platform. At various locations throughout Germany, we invite the public to experience circus, celebrate circus, rediscover circus in its visual language and spread circus!

Contemporary Circus - What is it?

Contemporary Circus (or Cirque Nouveau) is an artistic stage form that is often interdisciplinary and integrates elements from dance, theater, music, visual arts, or new media, for example. Similar to Contemporary Dance, formats dominate that are based on an overall dramaturgical and aesthetic concept, which clearly distinguishes Contemporary Circus from traditional circus or vaudeville circus.

In other European countries, such as France, Cirque Nouveau is firmly anchored in the cultural scene and is permanently present alongside theater, music and dance, both in tents and in public spaces and on theater stages. In Germany, Contemporary Circus is still underrepresented, which is partly due to a barely developed funding structure, but also to a general lack of knowledge about the art form. Especially through its often non-verbal formats and its strong visual language, Contemporary Circus 3ast he potential to reach a broad spectrum of viewers from all social classes. This is where the festival wants to pick up and bring more people into the enjoyment of this exciting genre!

The network 

Zeit für Zirkusis based on a network of stages and venues that are committed to Contemporary Circus and show Contemporary Circus on their stages throughout the year. Within the framework of Zeit für Zirkus, they join forces to work together, without competition, to spread their vision of circus. Stages of other disciplines are also invited to open up to Contemporary Circus.

Who is behind Zeit für Zirkus?

This year the festival is organized by Forum Neuer Zirkus e.V. in cooperation with the Bundesverband Zeitgenössischer Zirkus (BUZZ) and our European partner La Nuit du Cirque / Territoires de Cirque.

Zeit für Zirkus on your stage

Our goal is to attract more venues to Contemporary Circus. We are happy to support you with information, recommendations and networking. If you are interested in showing Contemporary Circus in your venue, we would be happy to hear from you via: info@zeitfuerzirkus.de

Organisation +

Forum Neuer Zirkus e.V.

In cooperation with
Bundesverband Zeitgenössischer Zirkus e.V.
Terretoires de Cirque

Project Management
Cox Ahlers, Nin Grein, Emma Laule

Assistenz / Kommunikation
Malwina Millahn

k3 berlin – Kontor für Kultur und Kommunikation

Grafic & Webdesign
Malte Garrecht

Trailer-Produktion & Social Media
Pimster (Lukas Stelter)

Jan van Aubel

Coordination Audiencetalk Berlin
Christine Kölbel & Anna-Katharina Andrees

Framework programme Berlin
Sophia Kurmann & Marina Rieger

Inclusion Commissioner Berlin
Zinnia Nomura

The realisation of Zeit für Zirkus is made possible by funds from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

Organised by
Forum Neuer Zirkus e.V.

© Zeit für Zirkus 2023