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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 […]

clown workshop

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The first week of July, Clowns Without Borders participated in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. It was the 50th anniversary of the festival, and this year’s theme was Circus Arts. The National Mall was transformed. For a week, the iconic view of the Washington Monument included a circus tent, trapeze rig, and hundreds of circus artists. […]

In Response to Bruce Bawer’s article, “Improving Muslim Integration, Sending in the Clowns.”

On July 19th, 2017, Frontpage Mag published an article by Bruce Bawer entitled, “Improving Muslim Integration, Sending in the Clowns.” In it, the author shares his opinion about the Swedish Migration Board financially supporting Clowner Utan Gränser, or CWB-Sweden. In the spirit of collaboration, Clowns Without Borders USA or CWB-USA, is responding to the criticism […]

Clowns perform in Turkey

When are you coming back?

One of the most frequent, and most challenging questions, our artists in the field are asked is: “When will you come back?” Kaitlin writes about that experience and others from the December 2015 trip to Turkey. We returned to Turkey again in July 2016, and are delighted to announce that we will be returning to […]

Headshot of Kaitlin Kaufman

Introducing Kaitlin, our intern extraordinaire!

As a part-time, remote staff, we don’t have the capacity for an internship program. We field a lot of internship requests, and send a lot of sad e-mails about how we can’t take on interns. Until Kaitlin. Kaitlin performed with us on the December 2015 Turkey trip. When she asked to intern, we sent her […]

Lesvos shoreline

Return to Lesvos

Clay and Sabine return to Lesvos.
clown performs to rural audience

Are you our next project partner?

Are you our next project partner? Do you work with a population we should serve? Are you an organizer who believes in resilience in laughter? Clowns Without Borders is looking for more project partners to expand our programming. We always work with a local partner, and make sure never to go anywhere we aren’t invited. […]

Clown Performance in Sierra Leone

Front Row Seat

The school was just a few blocks from the Freetown football pitch, the Siaka Stevens Stadium, which was a refugee camp during the civil war and an international Ebola training center during the outbreak.  The students were between four and fourteen years old. They wore red and white checkered tops with dark green shorts or […]

Two Clowns on Train Tracks

Route To Connect : Week One

Stories from Clay and Sabine about their first week traveling the Balkan Route