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LEME CIRCUS FORUM “Matters”

LEME CIRCUS FORUM will take place from the 5th to the 8th of December 2019 as a joint project organized by 23 Milhas and Bússola in an effort to increase circus audiences and influence in Portugal. Both a professional meeting space and a circus festival, it is three days packed with workshops, shows and seminars. The full programme is available here. In addition to strengthening circus in Portugal, one of the Forum’s aims is to connect with other circus communities across the world, and this year they collaborate with South Korea. We had the opportunity to speak to Luís Sousa Ferreira, the director of 23 Milhas about the upcoming events. 

Kim Campbell:  Can you explain how LEME was forged and its goal?  Luís Sousa Ferreira: LEME is a partnership between 23 Milhas and Bússola–two distinct organizations with differentiated operational levels that found common ground in contemporary circus. Based upon 23 Milhas´ main goals, we created a circus festival that incorporates traditional circus skills, connecting them through innovative dramaturgies and discourse.  The goals are multi-layered. Engaging the local audience in order to develop new onlookers, and using Bússola’s network and experience, coupled with 23 Milhas´ infrastructures and know-how, we aim, at a national level, to support new artists in their breakthrough, elevating the Portuguese creation for circus arts to a global level. In the international circui...

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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.