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Om festivalen

Come join us and experience something you never imagined possible at the Southern Sweden Circus Festival launch celebrations. Witness bold and beautiful work by some of the greatest circus artists and companies in Europe playing over 4 days across Malmö and Lund as we give you a taste of what to expect next year. 


The full festival will be happening in 2024, but we just couldn’t wait until then to share our excitement about circus. We want to welcome as many people as possible so many events are free to attend, check out the programme for full details.


Whether you’ve never seen circus or you want to see how circus has changed since the big top shows of your childhood, there is something for everyone. The Southern Sweden Circus Festival presented by Cirkus Syd in partnership with Malmö and Lund cities, is your chance to explore everything that classical and contemporary circus has to offer. 

On this page you can read about all the ways that different people currently can engage with the festival behind the scenes.


We hope to hear from you! 


Where does the idea come from?

In the spring of 2022, Cirkus Syd did a feasibility study on new circus festival. The entire field was consulted locally, in the region, nationally and internationally and approx 70 cultural operators participated, including authorities, individual artists and companies.

The feasibility study showed that the need is great for a strong meeting place where the industry and the public can meet and develop. That the festival should program circus and neighboring art, as well as being regionally anchored in Skåne to include more gaming venues both in town and in rural areas as well as making the circus available to one wider and new audience.

The preliminary study showed that there is ambition, will and passion to create a festival that can act as a catalyst for a bigger and broader one development of the circus arts, partly in Malmö and Lund and on a regional level. Among another because there are many circus performances created in Sweden that are not played in Sweden due to lack of places to play and contexts to participate in. Many circus performers express the desire to live and work in Skåne, but the professional infrastructure that would enable a settlement is too weak for that to happen today be a reality.

The city of Malmö and the municipality of Lund have stated that they want to be leaders
collaborators in the creation and development towards a biennial circus festival with
first festival in 2024, then in 2026, 2028, 2030, etc.

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Southern Sweden Circus Festival is produced by Cirkus Syd in partnership with the cities of Malmö & Lund.

In collaboration with Riksteatern Skåne & Cirkus Brazil Jack.

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