The Cirko building brings under one roof a diverse collection of actors in the Finnish contemporary circus scene, with Restaurant Lämpö located at the heart of the action. The newest addition to Suvilahti’s vibrant circus family is Circus Helsinki, which is located across the former factory yard from the Cirko Center.
Cirko - Center for New Circus
Since 2002, Cirko – Center for New Circus has been striving to develop working conditions for circus artists and provide support for the development of the art of circus in general. Cirko provides professional performance and rehearsal spaces, presenting homegrown, contemporary circus, year round. Cirko also organises the annual festival of contemporary circus, which presents the most interesting new circus from Finland and around the world.
Circo Aereo is a national Finnish contemporary circus group. With headquarters in Finland and France, the troupe continues to perform around the globe. Today Circo Aereo is one of Finland’s most internationally successful performing troupes and a flagship Finnish cultural export. In recent years Circo Aereo has played a key role in bringing Finnish contemporary circus to international prominence. Since 1996 the group has visited some 30 countries.
Founded in 2006, CircusInfo Finland is a national centre specialised in the development of the circus field. Its mission, among other things, is to collect and disseminate knowledge about circus, create and maintain relationships with international players in the circus scene and to support cultural exports. CircusInfo also acts as an intermediary between circus-based organisations and public decision-makers, with the aim of improving the standing of circus art in Finland and internationally. CircusInfo works with circus professionals, anyone interested in circus, cultural political actors and decision-makers, the media and with international circus organisations.
Founded in 2011, Sirkus Magenta is a social circus association using circus as a vehicle for social inclusion and development. Magenta organises courses, workshops, performances and hobby groups for all ages and needs. This non-profit association's activities were initiated as a European Social Fund project, with the aim of establishing social circus as a permanent fixture in the circus world and an important service provider in the field of health and wellbeing.
The Finnish Youth Circus Association
The Finnish Youth Circus Association (FYCA) promotes youth circus and circus as a hobby in Finland. The FYCA represents 42 circus schools and clubs from across the country, from Hamina to Ylitornio, Äläjärvi to Outokumpu. The association coordinates and supports the various actions required to organize events and training, as well as disseminating information on topical issues to its members. The FYCA also develops international cooperation and is a founding member of the European Youth Circus Association (EYCO).
Finnish Hospital Clowns Association employs and trains hospital clowns who do their rounds in the pediatric wards delighting young patients and their families. At the moment the Hospital Clowns visit the pediatric clinics of Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Kuopio and Oulu Hospitals.
Ravintola Lämpö can be found on the first floor of the Cirko building.