A community-based initiative of the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival.
The Circus and Magic Partnership (C.A.M.P.) is a community-based initiative of the WICF. It’s an artistic intervention project initially undertaken by the WICF in 1996. The project’s objective is to provide a positive and proactive arts and education opportunity for Winnipeg “youth-at-risk.”
There are now four distinct phases in the program:
A one-week tour of three remote Northern Manitoba communities:
The touring component combines skill training and performance development for over 300 youth participants; provides training for teachers and recreation personnel in using the Circus and Magic materials; leaves the materials with the trained school and recreation personnel in each community it visits.
A one-week Circus and Magic Camp held at Gordon Bell High School, in Winnipeg, during school spring break:
A contingent of world class circus artists, magicians and arts instructors provide instructional workshops and interactive activities and performances for over 250 youth-at-risk. The youth are recruited in partnership with school guidance counselors; The City of Winnipeg Police Service; social service agencies; and inner-city drop-in and resource centres. The one-week Camp culminates with a performance by the youth participants for their parents, peers, family and friends.
An eight-week day Camp program held at
Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre in Winnipeg:
This phase offers a continuation of instruction in the circus and magic arts and is open to the spring Camp participants as well as their family, friends and youth from the surrounding neighbourhood. The youth participants continue to develop their skills but also begin rehearsals on a structured, professional quality show for presentation at the annual Winnipeg International Children’s Festival.
As part of the “Under the Big Top” component at the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival, C.A.M.P. participants perform alongside the returning C.A.M.P. artist/instructors and help lead public workshops in circus and magic skills. This component offers both the exhilaration of public performance and the opportunity to act as mentors for their peers.