Event The International Biennial of Circus Arts

2015, JAN 22nd – FEB 22nd


1 full month of circus performances


  • 300 international circus artists
  • 160 performances in Marseille
  •  60 international circus companies
  • 45 venues in Provence
  • 1 village of 6 circus tents on the J4 eplanade next to MuCEM (performances, workshops, meetings, conferences..)




The International Biennial of Circus Arts is the first event created during Marseille 2013 European Capital of Culture, to be continued in the long-term.


This is bright cultural moment bringing regions together in the intent desire of supporting the development of a burgeoning artistic movement.The Circus Tent village, on the J4 esplanade next to event partner MuCEM (Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée), will be at the heart of the event. Other circus spaces will be erected, most notably as part of the Les Elancées Festival, an important Biennial partner.


For this 2015 edition, the circus unfolds to amaze, challenge and surprise audiences. Strange, magical, avant-garde and burlesque shows share the ring and offer a panorama of unprecedented creations reflecting the diverse styles and expressions in the circus arts today.