Stockholm’s new circus festival
February 7–16 2020
Stockholm’s circus sphere has evolved at lightning speed in recent decades. Botkyrka’s investment into the circus arts has made the region internationally known as one of the world’s most exciting circus hubs, mentioned in the same breath as Montreal, Toulouse and Barcelona. Today, DOCH/Stockholm University of the Arts is a central place for driving the field’s artistic development forward, with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in circus. Since the beginning of this millennium, hundreds of circus artists have grown out of Botkyrka and Stockholm’s fertile intercultural circus soil to then blossom and meet their audience – often abroad.
In February 2019, Subtopia proudly introduced CirkusMania, with the intention for it to become the Stockholm region’s annually recurring circus festival. In this second edition, the audience, from north to inner city to south end, can finally, on a broad scale, meet the diverse circus which has been sprouting just around the corner! And with some extra elements from other places to spice up the salsa. Venues and cultural centres from Alby to Täby join forces in a display of how exciting and varied contemporary circus really is. We present performances for all ages, tastes and proclivities, packed up into a week with no less than 56 opportunities to experience the circus arts at 23 different venues across 11 municipalities!
In short: It’s pure CirkusMania.