Welcome to Hiccup Circus Uganda

ABOUT US

ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

HCU IS AN EDUCATIONAL, ENTERTAINING AND ITINERANT SOCIAL  CIRCUS WITHOUT ANIMALS

The aim is to introduce Circus in Uganda using performances as an alternative pedagogical tool to work with communities, youth and  children who are marginalized  or at  social risk.

 

HCU make available an informal and creative instrument that allows beneficiaries to develop motivation, confidence and efficiency. HCU offer to its audience the abilities to navigate this increasingly complex world making performances and training as a medium in fostering the types of values that will  lead to an inclusive growth, and a peaceful  living  together. To increase awareness, sensitization and adoption of sound practices through an appealing edutainment, informative and cultural arts approach.

OUR NUMBERS

A circus show can act as a “key” to catch curiosity and as a “flexible container” of meanings able to adapt to any particular need by tackling social messages about: Inclusion, WASH, Road Safety, SRHR/Gender, Addiction, Environmental Protection – Climate Change – Waste Management, HIV/AIDS – Immunizations, School Drop Out, Disability, Peace – Reconciliation – Communities Rights, Blood Donation, Oral Hygiene and many more.

THE SHOW PRODUCTION

The show and its production combine juggling, drama, puppetry, ground and aerial acrobatics, clowning, fire spitting, dance and music. It allow unprivileged, at-risk youth from slums to use their marginality to express themselves and establish a new relationship with the society that has often excluded them. Read more…

SOCIAL CIRCUS INFOTAINMENT

HCU has an Social Circus infotainment oriented performance. A free live show with two souls where there are serious and fun moments with exciting stories of hope and change seeking to raise society’s awareness and promote education… a vehicle for reflection, action and,  most importantly, transformation. Read more…

VERSATILE AND ADAPTABLE

HCU is very versatile and adaptable for all spectators and situations. Artists can perform for large audience groups and for people of all ages coming from different social extraction. For private – public animations, baby showers, birthday and wedding parties, corporate celebrations and team building etc. Read more…

BENEFICIARIES

HCU’s direct beneficiaries are audience members of schools, neglected communities, pediatric wards, youth centres, refugee settlements, and people of all ages from different social extraction with the unprivileged youth living in slums.

The indirect beneficiaries are the members of spectators’ family and the broad communities involve with the communication and visibility activities.

INVOLVEMENTS

Audience members are involve by an attractive live free show where the narrative becomes a mirror of the challenges viewers experienced. This engagement offers an opportunity to think, talk, and take action. Another effective “tool” is the Ringmaster who plays a central role in keeping the spectators’ attention focused on the educational theme and who frequently interacts with the them. Also an expert is onstage enhancing the direct beneficiaries’ participation with a question & answer session. Additionally, with the guidance of teachers / communities’ leaders, the audience collaboration is reinforced before and/or after the show with some researches, drawings, writing essays, home works and the initiation of clubs / associations devoted to the educational theme.

The youth living in slums – enrolled in the Kasikonda Youth Circus School – are involve, in a non competitive way, by the artistry thrill and wonder inherent to circus arts training.

Members of the spectators’ family are integrated with the distribution, at the end of show, of booklets with relevant information about the educational theme. The broad communities are included with the communication activities as press releases, photos and videos distribution, electronic newsletters, website and social media updating.

HOW HCU IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

HCU makes education amazing for students, teachers, caretakers and the communities, inspire future careers and make learning fun. The project want to develops the capacity of Ugandan youth to continue this work by training them, building networks with long lasting friendships and providing professional instructors,  first class quality equipment and, skills.
The result is a personal rehabilitation. It restores and enriches the social fabric and lets youth to talk a language that is part of mainstream society. Circus, just like any other artistic discipline, is an instrument that allows youth to form a relationship, between adolescence and the adult world, by living a different experience and building bridges between these two realities.