Founded in 2010, the Grand CIEL network is a cultural cooperation initiative dedicated to structure and develop the circus industry in the Grand Est (North East of France). As such, the association constitutes, for the professionals of the 25 cultural structures, a space of exchange which allows to progressively reinforce the influence of creative circus on the regional territory. .


  • To set up and provide a support policy for circus creation within the framework of precise references both on the artistic level and on the ethics of production.

  • To inscribe this policy support in a dynamic relationship with national and international creation while paying particular attention to young regional artists companies.

  • To connect artists, territories and their inhabitants through the organization of artists residencies throughout the Grand Est region.

  • To establish long-term relationships between the network structures and the regional artistic teams.


  • To allow circus artists to present in a maximum of territories through an ambitious and concerted distribution of shows (tours and large-scale operations).

  • In a solidarity spirit, to optimize the hosting potential and artistic ambitions of members and territories.


  • To observe the circus situation in the region in all its components: distribution, creation, professional sector, equipment, territorial development and amateur practice.