Un-Conference - An Innovative Way to Engage with Your Circus Community During Lockdown - CircusTalk

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Un-Conference – An Innovative Way to Engage with Your Circus Community During Lockdown

At the beginning of July, CircusWorks, the UK Youth Circus Network, launched an online community event for learning, listening, debating, researching and inspiring the youth circus community to find a way forward in a post-covid world. I attended the Un-Conference last week for the first time and wanted to bring this event to the attention of the wider circus community, as I believe that the format CircusWorks has invented serves as a great example for community outreach during times when physical contact is limited. Un-Conference runs weekly until August 28th and closes with a gala show on September 3rd. I asked the Un-Conference’s producer and master mind, Lynn Carroll, Director of CircusWorks, about this initiative.
Lynn Carroll, Director of CircusWorks Was this conference planned as a real life conference before COVID-19 and you then transferred it online or was  this curated for the specific reason to connect with your community during a time of quarantine? We had plans to hold a conference in February 2021. Our previous conference was held at Circomedia, Bristol in October 2019, and was really successful. When COVID hit, we contacted all of the UK youth circuses on our database and did an Impact Survey, which we managed to get to the Arts Councils and governme...
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Andrea Honis

Andrea, Founder of CircusTalk, is a fifth-generation member of the Hungarian Eötvös-Picard circus family. Prior to CircusTalk, she worked in advertising and performing arts management. Before starting the CircusTalk project she was Assistant Producer at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’s family series “Reel to Real” in New York City. Andrea holds a BA in Business Administration and an MFA in Performing Arts Management.