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Here are the podcasts created by the fellows under the NHLP Program


In the first episode, fellows Elise Missall (IE/DE), Gaia Vimercati (IT) and Sophie Zoletnik (HU) pick up the conversation launched in the Digital Event on the theme of Empathy. 

They discuss empathy as a resource for cultural managers to understand their teams and create safer work environments, as well as the drawbacks of empathy and setting healthy boundaries. 

Empathy is discussed in relation to hierarchy and different cultural settings that decision making in organisations, particularly in grassroots projects. Too, recent changes to work models bring up the topic of empathy in remote contexts and staying connected despite physical distance. 


The second episode is hosted by fellows Armas Lintusaari (FI), Hedda Liukkala (FI) and Jakob Jacobsson (SE/NL). The discussion addresses accessibility with respect to educational structures, as well as the potential risk of excluding some segrments of the audience, as circus becomes increasingly academic and treated from within as a prestige art form.

The fellows share individual methods and strategies they have applied in their own productions, to increase accessibility for the audience, and address the relationship with the presenters/venues as a nodal point in communicating a performance correctly and reaching out to a diverse audience.


This episode of the podcast continues the conversation on Responsibility, between fellows Armas Lintusaari, Gaia Vimercati and Georgina Cassels. Over the 40 minute-long installment, the conversation revisits understandings and semantics around the concept of responsibility, the awareness of how linguistic roots can impact the cultural distinctions in what responsibility can be, and of course, how it all circles around a leader’s role and responsibility. Responsibility, obligation, accountability – how are they all present in an artist’s work and in a leader’s decision making. Give this episode a listen and find out what Armas, Gaia, and Georgina think! 


In this fourth episode of the Podcast, fellows Hazel Lam, Hedda Liukkala, and Elise Missall are discussing the theme of Motive and Motivation, following up the digital seminar conversations. The podcast looks at how motivation is sometimes paired with spontaneity, the distinction between different types of motivation, such as intrinsic and extrinsic, conscious and unconscious, egoistic and altruistic. The discussion also look at the impact of age and structures (organization-based, freelance work) which might factor in when it comes to motivation.
The conversation is put in the context of leadership in culture and specifically contemporary circus. 
The podcast is available now on Spotify and on our website! 


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