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The Circus Play project Phang-Nga and Mae Sot. Complete Jan 26th 2024

40 workshops in Khao Lak; and 26 sessions in 2 weeks in Mae Sot Thailand.

“First of all, a massive thank you for conducting the circus program for us. This program has had a lot of positive impacts on our school and students.”

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The project in Khao Lak

The Circus Play Project is bringing  new skills and fun to children and young adults living around Khao Lak, Thailand. 
Playing together helps us live together and our motto is
“Everyone Needs to have Fun”.

Short video of Circus Play in Mae Sot 2022-23

The Circus Play project in Mae Sot Dec 2022 – Jan 2023 has been completed
Thank you to all who donated and supported the project.
We have had good feedback from the schools and it was an absolute joy to meet and get to work with so very many young people and teachers.
We are planning to return in Jan 2024 and have a new project in development for Nov-Dec 2023 in Phangna, southern Thailand.

A report on the project is now available.

11 weekly workshops at schools/learning centres in Mae Sot and Pho Pra were delivered for 6 weeks,
engaging with about 220 children each week and weekend juggling workshops took place at Joy House Arts & Peace Community centre.

The Circus Play Project continues the work of Social Circus Myanmar which delivered social circus workshops in Yangon every dry season (November-February) from 2014-2020 to thousands of young people.  The project builds on the foundations laid by Spark Circus which toured shows and workshops in Mae Sot and Thailand from 2007 – 2019.

Working with Help Without Frontiers which runs Migrant Learning Centres and provides support for people in and around the Thai border town, Circus Play will provide regular social circus and play workshops from November 2022 to February 2023.

The project will be funded by donations.  Social Circus International, based in UK, will gather funds for the project and monitor finances and project outcomes.

Our workshops use circus skills and play as tools to promote healthy activities, co-operation, self-esteem and provide a much needed opportunity for fun and laughter. Accessibility, inclusion and gender-equality are key elements in our project delivery.

As well as workshops in learning centres and schools, the project team will train local young adults as circus play trainers and supply equipment so the workshops can continue throughout the year.

“Given the situation in Myanmar, we can’t resume social circus activities in Yangon but we can work with the large Myanmar community near the border. We want to use our fun, skills and silliness to get Thai kids and Myanmar kids playing together, building lasting friendships.”

– Project Manager, Jules Howarth. Social Circus Myanmar.

“Spark Circus is very excited to support the Circus Play Project. Being unable to work in the region during the pandemic, we are very happy to know that the migrant children in Mae Sot, will once again get the opportunity to play and explore the circus arts. We will be sending some Spark Alumni to support the project.”

– Charlene Whitehead, Spark Circus.

“This is a great idea – it’ll help the children’s wellbeing and give them an alternative to the dire circumstances in which they are living.”

– Sally Thompson, former executive director of The Border Consortium.

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