Albert & Friends Instant Circus

Albert & Friends Instant Circus

At a glance


  • Arts
  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Young people

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Albert and Friends Instant Circus (AFIC) is a participatory arts organisation that provides inspirational involvement in circus skills to unlock the potential of children and young people of all backgrounds and abilities. The company was created in 1988 and it particularly seeks to engage disadvantaged young people (those from deprived socio-economic backgrounds, those who are at risk of exclusion, children and young people with disabilities and learning disability and targeted girls’ groups). AFIC offers an integrated environment where all the participants support each other. Working with over 500 participants every week (aged between 3 and 25) AFIC develops creativity, physical and circus skills, team skills, confidence, a sense of belonging and purpose.

Participation in circus skills positively impacts on the lives of young people. Young participants develop solidarity, empathy and peer support as they learn the technical skills. Circus also promotes physical literacy and well-being. Circus appeals to those that do not take part in traditional physical education and develops life skills such as confidence and team work.


AFIC delivers all aspects of circus skills training (including movement, and performance), through -

1) weekly outreach projects for children and young people living in challenging circumstances in areas of greatest deprivation in West London

2) out-reach projects for children and young people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties

3) targeted participation for those who are at risk of exclusion or offending

4) nurturing a Youth Circus troupe that creates performance opportunities for young people, both in their immediate locality and on a national stage.



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