The tent and its roaming are elements of the circus identity, its history, its practice, its aesthetics and its relationship to the inhabitants of the territories. The Ministry of Culture supports this homeless approach by allocating a grant to itinerant creative circuses.

Presentation of the device

What is roaming assistance for creative circuses?

The circus of creation is distinguished from the classical circus by very heterogeneous artistic forms, the absence of numbers and wild animals. Marquee and itinerant creations play an essential role in the policy of cultural decentralization.

Companies or circus companies that regularly broadcast their shows under a travelling tent are eligible for roaming assistance.

Assistance for the roaming of creative circuses is allocated over a roaming season, calculated over a maximum period of 12 months, over a single calendar year or over two calendar years. The roaming season can be continuous or discontinuous in several rounds (a tour is between the departure and return of the convoy to the usual circus installation site). It must concern several cities or stages. It must include at least 30 performances of one or more shows produced by the requesting circus, presented under its marquee.

Assistance for the homeless can be combined with other public aid from the Ministry of Culture (project aid, agreements).

Objectives of the approach

Assistance for homeless people has several objectives:

  • support creative circuses (companies or companies) that have chosen to roam under a marquee in a coherent and quality artistic approach
  • promote the distribution of circus shows under marquees by reducing the costs of divestiture of broadcasters or by offsetting a portion of the transportation and installation costs for circuses offering their shows in self-production
  • to promote the dissemination of the circus in the most diverse territories in order to raise awareness and broaden the public, on the one hand, and the quality of the performances offered, on the other hand

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Examples of projects previously supported

In 2022, about twenty creative circus companies were helped, in all regions, for large-scale sub-marquee projects, with amounts ranging from €10,000 to €20,000, to help them cover fuel costs, guarding, or space rights, etc.

A question?

If you have any questions about Roaming Assistance for Creative Circuses, please contact:

Creative Arts Branch (BOD)
Theatre and associated arts delegation
01 40 15 88 83
62 Rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris

or to the decentralized service of the Ministry of Culture of the place of realization of your project:


The submission for the year 2023 is now complete.