Upsala-Zirk

Upsala Circus is an unique project, which shows children and teenagers from social risk groups in St. Petersburg with the method of circus pedagogy an alternative from the street and to integrate them into the society. As the only organization of it's kind in Russia, Upsala Circus directly connects the professional circus and theatre art, with social work. By the everyday training in the circus and attendance at circus festivals, the children and teenagers from social risk groups experience exciting and difficult challenges.The circus is referring to "high risk" nearly like the life on the street. It simply appeals to them with magic, lets them explore their individual skills and...
Apr 16, 2014

Yay! Funds for the circus bus raised!

Dear Friends,

We are happy to announce that we raised enough money to buy a new bus for our young circus artists! We will be able to do that in May, right before the European circus tour that will take place this summer. That means that the children will have a very safe and fun trip through Europe.

As soon as we buy the bus, we will decorate it with Upsala-Circus graffity and stickers, and will surely put a report on our website and in our Facebook group, so that everyone could see it.

Thank you for your support and your generous donations!

If you are willing to support our Circus further, or have been giving recurring donations for this case, please consider supporting our main project:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/alternative-lifestyle-for-russian-street-children/

Hugs and saltos,

Upsala-Circus Team

Mar 5, 2014

Circus dreams come true

the Niece show for Cirque du Soleil artists
the Niece show for Cirque du Soleil artists

Once upon a time our Circus was one of the smallest circuses in the world: we had no tent, we only had one trainer, and no more than 5 kids. 13 years later we have two circus tents, a dozen staged performances and our former artists who became our trainers. And through this journey we always had the brightest example that we could refer to: the biggest and the most famous circus in the world once also started as a small company. We are talking about Cirque du Soleil, of course.

Year after year the little artists of Upsala-Circus watched the Cirque du Soleil shows and admired the jugglers and the acrobats, the dancers and the clowns. We even went to Moscow by train to see a Varekai show. Next year we met the Cirque du Monde (the social branch of Cirque du Soleil) representatives and told them about our little circus. And the next year our little artists were invited to see the grand rehearsal of the show. One year later the whole Upsala-Circus team was invited to see what was going on behind the curtains, to talk to the Cirque du Soleil artists after the show. Little jugglers and acrobats of Upsala-Circus were getting closer and closer to their heroes, the people whose movements they have been following on stage with their eyes and mouths wide open. It is very important for the children’s development and self-esteem, to see somebody they adore and respect so close.

One more year has passed, and our artists had an exclusive workshop with Cirque du Soleil artists: they did acro together and learned some new tricks. We thought that was the best real circus experience our children could ever have.

And this year we were proved wrong.

This year the Cirque du Soleil artists from the Dralion show came to our tent.

They saw the Niece show of Upsala-Circus and our little artists got standing ovation.

Imagine our little artists, our little Anton, who was cheered and admired by the best circus artists in the world.

After the show we made Russian pelmeni (dumplings) together and ate them all and there was so much fun and laughter and real closeness that can only appear between people sharing the same ideas.

Our little artists circus dream came true! There's always a place for magic in the circus.

Upsala-Circus artists in the end of the show
Upsala-Circus artists in the end of the show
Standing ovation from Cirque du Soleil artists
Standing ovation from Cirque du Soleil artists
Little artists and big artists bonding
Little artists and big artists bonding
Jan 9, 2014

We can almost see a new circus bus on the horizon!

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that's how our new bus will look like

Dear Friends,

 

We're getting closer and closer to raising the amount we need to buy a new bus for our young circus vagabonds. And we would love to share our success stories about fundraising. One of them is, of course, about you. Thank you for donating to our project on GlobalGiving!
How it all started: we collaborated with a Russian company that produces wheat flour, and had 1 rouble donated to our project from each packet of flour sold in the stores: we raised more than $24000. After that we decided to raise the rest of the amount by local charity events and crowdfunding.
We raised money on a Russian crowdfunding web-site, and got more than $1200.
We organized a charity event where families listened to music, planted flowers and drank tea by the pond -- and raised about $6000.
We put out a money box at all of our circus events, and during the winter holidays in December 2013 and first days of January 2014 we raised almost $1500!
The last, but not the least at the moment -- we talked to Volkswagen company, and they will generously sell us a Volkswagen bus with a $16000 discount.
At this rate, we will be able to buy a new bus before next summer, so that our circus will go on a safe tour to Europe and several Russian cities.
Stay with the circus hooligans!
Upsala-Circus
our fundraising campaign with a flour company
our fundraising campaign with a flour company

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