Young Savages 2020

An important project pillar is the program section “Young Savages” for the youth and youth sector with a coaching program throughout the year and its own tent as a place of presentation as part of the festival program.

In Germany, a large circus pedagogical landscape has developed over the past fifteen years as an important part of cultural education for children and young people. The demand for circus offers is constantly increasing and a new professional field “circus pedagogy” has arisen.
As part of the festival, a tent will be permanently available for the youth section and will be perceivable as a point of contact for a wide audience of children, young people and families.

Selected youth circus groups are invited and presented, whose pieces move between contemporary dance and contemporary circus. These young productions are supported by the ZAK Cologne Circus and Art Center, with its specific expertise in this area, with mentoring and coaching in advance of the festival.

During the festival period, the young people take part in workshops, get to know the professional festival participants and see and discuss the performances. This results in a mixture of impulses, perspectives and ideas from professional circus artists, dancers and young artists.


The selected local or regional groups were accompanied in 2019/20 by the TPZAK circus and artistic center with coaching and partially with residences.

Call for entries

Next call for 2020/21 from summer online.