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Girls pose with a clown

Part of the Solution

Hannah Gaff and Leah Abel, along with Sabine Choucair, recently returned from a multi-week tour in Lebanon. For this project, Clowns Without Borders partnered with Clown Me In and its related project, We Must Clown. Leah and Hannah reflect on their ongoing tour and the heartfelt connections they’ve made. Hannah and Leah We are nearing […]

Children laughing in Mexico

“Where’s the Clown?”

Moshe’s thoughts from Mexico City, where he is partnering with the 5th Encuentro Internacional de Clown, and a group of Mexican performers. The initiative is called the Brigades de Risa, or The Laughter Brigade. Read his first post here. Mexico City October 31st Today’s show was in the Albergue de Iztapalap, on the outer skirts of […]

Group of clowns

The Solidarity and Support Are Real

The Laughter Brigade’s goal is to offer moments of levity, especially for those who have lost their homes in Mexico’s recent onslaught of earthquakes and aftershocks. Moshe Cohen reports from the road, during his informal CWB partnership with the 5th Encuentro Internacional de Clown, and a group of Mexican performers. The initiative is called the […]

A huge crowd watches CWB in Lebanon

Everyone Wanted To Be In The Show

Hannah Gaff and Leah Abel, along with Sabine Choucair, are currently on tour in Lebanon. For this project, Clowns Without Borders has partnered with Clown Me In and its related project, We Must Clown. On their first night, the CWB team watched a Clown Me In performance in Eastern Beirut. After that, they jumped feet […]

Amy Rosvally is a writer and performer

A New Children’s Book Benefits CWB

Who would have thought the the worlds of clowning and pole acrobatics would overlap? Author and performer Amy Rosvally is bringing them together through her new children’s book, which benefits CWB! Rosvally—aka The Pole Comedian—says that comedy and pole aren’t that dissimilar. “There has always been a vast array of styles to choose from,” Rosvally […]

Meet Nicole

Welcome Nicole!

We are delighted to welcome Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone to our team as our Communications Director. Nicole has the unique perspective of being both a communications professional and a performing artist. She grew up watching performances of Pickle Family Circus and San Francisco Mime Troupe, and has a deep appreciation for the transformative power of performance. You’ve […]

Teens work together in El Salvador

Becoming a Child Again

Coi Coi and Ana have just returned from time in El Salvador where they worked with teens in different pandillas (gangs).
clowns perform in an auditorium full of children

The Importance of Being Invited

What does a war zone look like? When the artists who work with Clowns Without Borders return from scenes of crisis or conflict, they’re often confronted with incredulity. How, people wonder, can CWB have a relationship with the horror and tragedy of life while still maintaining hope? Of course our answer to that is, with […]

How does social circus prevent youth violence?

Guest Blogger: Charlotte Byram, Circus Harmony CWB-USA and CWB-Brazil have partnered with The Ministry of Health Psychosocial Support Programming in San Salvador. The tour specifically focuses on leading workshops for youth in gang-controlled neighborhood. You may be wondering, what do clown workshops, youth violence prevention, and the ministry of health have in common? Today’s blog […]

Clowns Perform along Syrian Border

Eastern Turkey: At the crossroads of a hot sun and many peoples

Erwan shares some thoughts from the team’s last few performances in Eastern Turkey. Erwan: After our first show in Istanbul, we flew east to Hatay, a small province between the Mediterranean Sea and Syria. There, the temperatures hovered around 104°F. But despite the heat, we had a great stay. Over the course of our two days, […]

A clown takes a nap

Summer Slowdown and Staffing Change

It’s the end of Summer! We are taking an end-of-summer snooze to enjoy these last days of summer. We are currently in a staffing transition, and once again looking to fill the role of Communications Director. Due to personal circumstances, our recent hire stepped down. We are taking a moment to regroup and not launching […]

As long as we had still had our voices, we would be there!

Gabi shares her stories from Turkey, her endless energy despite a tightly packed schedule, and some photos to make us laugh and cheer along with them from here at home. Gabi:  We traveled for two hours from Urfa to Antep, where we performed three times, including a show for a local community that was requested […]

Performance in Sierra Leone

Why is there a kid on a bucket?

Our show ends as it begins, with music. Music provides a safe mode through which we catalyze an initial connection with our audience and then later facilitate a smooth exit. The last two days we were invited to perform at two different homes for children who had lost their parents or caretakers to Ebola. The […]

CWB Rehearsal in Turkey

Putting together the show

Our project in Turkey is wrapping up. We have had 18 performances over the past 11 days, mostly in Eastern Turkey, within an hour of the Syrian border. CWB-USA sponsors our Turkish collaborators, who are in the process of becoming their own CWB chapter. Erwan is a seasoned CWB artist and is sharing some stories […]