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We are seeking emerging leaders for the future of circus arts!

OBS! The application process is now closed! 

New Horizons Leadership Programme (NHLP-EU) is a leadership programme led by Cirkus Syd, Rigas Cirks and DYNAMO.
Please read carefully the requirements and eligibility criteria before submitting your application via the form at the bottom of this webpage. 


The 10 month programme (Sept 23 - June 24) is aimed towards capacity building for emerging project managers and producers to support the growing scene of contemporary circus within Europe. Through NHLP-EU emergent and confident persons are able to develop their leadership capabilities within the field and ready to take on tomorrow’s challenges as producers, artistic directors, project managers, dramaturges, executive directors, technical producers, tour managers, board members and organisational development functions. For us leadership is not about being superior or the boss. We believe anyone can be a leader from the position that they stand on co-creating the world and future we want to live in. 

We believe that to strengthen the position of not only the circus field, but culture in society, future leaders need skills and competencies to impact beyond their organisation and the field itself. Thus, there is a strong demand for the development of the next generation of cultural managers and producers as strong leaders, who are equipped to deal with present and coming challenges. 


This 10 month program is created for confident, reflective and proactive initiative taking persons to be able to develop into leaders of our circus field and ready to take on tomorrow’s challenges. 


We are searching for 10 individual fellows from across Europe to participate in the programme, who will be matched with 10 experts from the circus field in Europe.

The fellows and experts will meet live in person at the NHLP-EU kick-off in Lund, Sweden the 7-8th of September which is also the official start of the 10 month programme. 

Fellows will receive a handbook to work with over the next 10 months, and will be required to attend a monthly digital event which includes a seminar and discussions on a leadership cross-cutting topic. The fellows and experts will agree on a 3 week period when the fellow will travel to shadow the expert at their workplace in another country. 

The fellows will be required to share their learning and thoughts informally on the NHLP-EU digital platform in formats of their own choice. It could be via blog, video blog, photos etc. Read the blogs of past participants in the Nordic-Baltic NHLP 2020-2021 here.

  • Be available to attend the NHLP-EU kick-off conference in Lund, Sweden the 7-8th of September 2023.

  • Have access to a stable internet connection. 

  • Be available to undertake a 3 week (continuous) shadow experience in another country, some time between September 2023 and June 2024. 

  • Participate in all monthly digital events online between Sept. 2023-June. 2024. 

  • Participate in creating and sharing documentation of your participation in the programme via blogs, photo, video or similar. Find here the blogs of NHLP 2020-2021Nordic-Baltic Participants.

  • OBS: It’s mandatory to submit a 1-minute video introduction about yourself with the application. The video should be in English and introduce yourself and answer the question: What does leadership mean to you? Failing to submit a video may lead to disqualification. The applicant is responsible for good technical conditions of the video. 


Each participant will get €2250 bursary to participate in the programme. The bursary should be used to support any extra expenses the individual requires to participate which are not covered by the programme such as, but not exclusive to, digital tools, fees, visas etc.
In addition to the bursary fellows will also receive travel and accommodation bursaries to attend the events and shadow experiences as per below:

1. Kick off - 7-8th of September in Lund, Sweden
Travel up to €350
Accommodation up to €200
Per diem 2 x €50 = €100 lump sum

2. 3-week Shadow experience:
Travel up to €280-350

Accommodation up to €1600-2000

Per diem €480-600 lump sum

3. Evaluation conference:
Travel up to €240-300
Accommodation up to €80-100

Per diem €80-100 lump sum


Application process and important dates
  • Deadline for application: 19th of May 2023, 23.59 CET/UTC +1

  • Group interviews: 5th of June

  • Results: 9th of June

Information about the selection process and interviews will be shared with the shortlisted candidates via email. 

A preview of the questions in the application form is available here.

For more information and any questions please contact Project Officer Hedda Celander at For information on how to become an expert contact Project Officer Hedda Celander on


This project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

This project upholds the principle of equal opportunity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law within the EU. The participants' selection decisions are taken on the basis of qualifications, merit, and quality of application submission.

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