Our Story

Background history

Circusplaneet vzw was founded in 1999 as an independent association, continue an initiative of some young people in Ghent. They dreamed of a better world, a place under the sun, a circus planet! With circus as their weapon, they worked on the growth of children and young people. With a small van they went out into the world to spread the circus virus. Everyone was allowed to participate, regardless of race, rank and position.

This educational and social-artistic commitment is the DNA of our working, the potting soil from which a beautiful tree has grown in the meantime. In 2005, we gained a solid foothold thanks to the Ghent city council, which renovated the buildings on the Drongensesteenweg for us. At the same time, we were recognised by the province as a youth work organisation. Under the impulse of a few motivated professionals and volunteers, our community grew.

In 2015, just a 5-minute walk from our home base, we bought the church in the social housing district of Malem. A big step and a fascinating start of a new period. Our circus church will become a symbol of our past and of our dreams: we humbly continue to work in a building, a residential area, an art form and a society with an enormous tradition and history. At the same time, we are building an ambitious future.

We show our skills in the middle of the piste. In the spotlight we smear ourselves with the dust from which things have come and will go back.

Core taks, mission and vision

Cultural education through Circus as a form of art: that is what we do! It’s about learning circus tricks AND about learning to work together, learning that we are all different and all equal. Circus sets people in motion. By doing that, we set our neighborhood, our town, Flanders and even the world in motion.

This core task is translated in a threefold mission and vision:

1. We want to spread circus as a form of art. Circus invites and inspires. Passion and fun is our motivation.

2. We want to give people the opportunity to grow individual and in group, physically and emotionally. We are never not learning, with ups and downs. Circus education has some important characteristics: it needs no words, it invites to take initiative, participate and is diverse in its core. The proces of learning is our second goal. Circus is our tool.

3. Together we create a positive project with a welcoming, divers and inclusive society that is never not changing. Our staff and artists are constantly in dialogue with society. Circusplaneet is a community of people with a shared passion: circus.

All Equal / All Different – policy plan 2021-2025

With Circusplaneet, we give our wholehearted support to the movement agains racism and discrimination. We consider it our responsibility to contribute towards a sustainable and inclusive society.

In our policy plan 2021-2025 for the Flemish Government, we explain how we want our organisation to evolve in the next 5 years starting from one vision: All Equal / All Different. Using that core vision, we identified 3 strategic goals:

SD1 #circuseverydamnday

SD2 #community

SD3 #sustainability

If you want to read more (only in Dutch), follow this link.