A Historical Overview of Subcase: Nordic Circus Showcase 2009–2022

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A Historical Overview of Subcase: the Nordic Circus Showcase, 2009–2022

It started as a small local event but quickly grew into a large popular international showcase. Subcase has filled an important function for presenters as well as circus artists – but also for the development of the art form.
Actually, Subtopia was not supposed to be a permanent host of one of the more popular circus showcases at all. But luckily, things don’t always turn out the way you thought they would. So, what happened? To answer that question, we need to go back to the year 2009, when there was a knock on the door of Kiki Muukkonen’s office. Kiki, who had taken on the role as head of Subtopia’s circus department a year earlier, opened it. Outside were two newly graduated students from the university circus programme (which was then situated in the area of Subtopia). They explained that they needed somewhere to show and promote their performances. “There and then, we realised that there was an important piece of the puzzle missing to create that circus hub that Subtopia was supposed to become. There were Swedish artists who created fantastic performances and there were venues that wanted to present circus, but no obvious place for them to meet. So we decided to create such a place,...
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Veronica Linarfve

Veronica Linarfve is a Swedish journalist and author. With a creative heart and structured mind she also runs a communications agency that builds strategies and tells stories at the intersection of business, culture and society. When not working you find her in the audience at the nearest circus performance.