Sonrie Ecuador, Ecuador
In Ecuador, the nationwide circus program “Sonrie Ecuador” was funded and organised by the government in 2011 with the aim of promoting social solidarity and inclusion. Programs are currently being offered to street-involved youth, as well as children from marginalised communities and adults with disabilities.
Researchers Spiegel et al. (2015) discuss in their article the concept of social circus programs, especially in regard to health equity focusing on the example of this project. The article shows possible social aspects of performance arts, provides an example of how governments may collaborate and also identifies the challenges of such projects.