Circus Helsinki in English

Circus Helsinki is a circus school at Suvilahti, Helsinki. We are a big and warm-hearted circus community with a passion for circus. Our key values are open community, creativity and joy, perseverance, and responsibility.

School started off as a school of seven students but has grown to be the biggest recreational circus school in Finland with over 1000 students and about 40 instructors. The school has a 600 square meter training facility in Helsinki and an additional 300 square meters in the same building for storage, offices, dressing rooms and lounge space.

Circus Helsinki has students from all age groups from babies to adults and a high-level youth performing group. We also offer private lessons for individuals and groups such as schools, companies, and cheerleaders. During daytime circus professionals use the space for practice and creation.

Our objective is to create an ideal environment for recreational circus training. An encouraging atmosphere, good facilities and high-quality instructors are the means to achieve this goal.

We also aspire to reach audiences of all kinds with a variety of circus performances. Our own performance venue and an active network of young and professional artists make this possible.

 

Education

Circus Helsinki is part of a government-funded basic education in the arts, which sets certain standards regarding the structure and quality of the tuition. Classes focus on acrobatics on floor, air track and trampoline and different circus disciplines including hand-balancing, aerial acrobatics (silks, rope, trapeze), partner and group acrobatics, juggling, hoops, rope skipping, dance acrobatics, and Chinese pole. Student also learn to use their creativity and to perform, and all students get to perform once a year for their loved ones with their own group in May.

Students train with their own group at a certain time every week. Weekly classes are held from August to June, and registration is made for whole Autumn and/or Spring semester.

All the groups and their training times are listed in Circus Helsinki’s registration site.

In addition to weekly classes, we offer morning acrobatics classes, open training times, circus camps, workshops, and private classes. Main teaching language is Finnish, but all instructors speak also English if needed. In addition, we have groups that train in Swedish and Spanish.

 

Performances

Circus Helsinki presents 1-3 full-length circus shows annually. We have a high-level youth performing group that has about 30 young artists aged 8 to 20 years. In addition to full-length shows, the group performs on a request in different public and private events.

Circus Helsinki has received numerous awards for its performances, and The Ministry of Education in Finland has appointed the group as the Finnish Young Cultural Ambassador. The shows have toured European festivals and have been invited to different stages in Finland and Europe.

Every other year we organize YlösAlas Youth Circus Festival which brings together young circus artists from all over Finland and Europe to perform and rehearse together. We also organize about two Open Stage evenings annually where amateur and professional artists can meet and perform with their own acts.

In addition, Circus Helsinki offers circus themed events in Circus Helsinki’s space providing the facility and performers as a package.

  • Are you a potential partner and would like to know more about our performances and facilities, please contact: saga@circushelsinki.fi

 

Professional training

During daytime Circus Helsinki offers its high-quality space and equipment for circus professionals’ independent training and creating. Fee 6 € is paid to the office before training.

Training time is mainly from Monday to Friday 9.00-15.00, but other reservations affect the times regularly. Please check the weekly training times in advance from Facebook group Circus Helsinki – päivätreenaajat.

 

Welcome to Circus Helsinki!