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Clowns play with a group of kids

Local Actions, Larger Purpose

In December, 2018, a group of CWB clowns partnered with Oakland Catholic Workers for their holiday celebration. OCW serves the Bay Area immigrant community through food distribution, language classes, and transitional housing. At the holiday party, parents receive wrapped presents to distribute to their children on Christmas.  James Green By the time we arrived at the church, a line of about 30 or 40 families had already formed at the door. They waited to enter the hall, where they would … Continue reading

Leah holds a hoop in the air while standing on Naomi's back

Creating a Clown Show About Landmines

Leah Abel writes about working with the Mines Advisory Group in Myanmar to create a clown show with an educational component.  Leah Abel Staying Flexible When working with clowns, it’s safe to assume they’ll run with punches, switch on a … Continue reading

Clowns run in a circle inside a giant hula hoop

The Right to Migrate—Part II

Darina Robles is the founder of Llaven nü, a social circus program in Mexico. She has twice partnered with CWB – USA for tours in Mexico, and most recently collaborated on our October, 2018 tour. She writes about the strength that’s … Continue reading

Clowns Without Borders Girl Laughs Hard

Mirrors

On tour in Myanmar, Leah Abel thought about the different ways humans capture past experiences and use them as references in the future. She wondered, “How do we remember so that we learn from our past, and positively impact our … Continue reading

Paused train with migrants standing on top

The Right to Migrate—Part 1

Darina Robles is the founder of Llaven nü, a social circus program in Mexico. She has twice partnered with CWB – USA for tours in Mexico, and most recently collaborated on our October, 2018 tour. She writes about the natural … Continue reading

Clowns stand in the plaza

Girl from Honduras

Aline Moreno, founder of Palhaços sem Fronteiras – Brasil,  wrote poetry while collaborating with CWB – USA and Llaven nü on a tour in Mexico. The tour followed the migrant caravan, comprised mainly of Central American people fleeing violence, persecution and lack … Continue reading

Andres performs for rows of laughing kids

PAZyaso: A Clown For Peace

Andres Aguilar joins CWB – USA in Myanmar for his third Clowns Without Borders tour. In this blog, Andres coins a new term: PAZyaso! Andres Aguilar Each day spent in this distant country feels like a “treasure day.” Myanmar has … Continue reading

The group poses with juggling clubs

Circus Magic

Montana DeBor is a circus artist and instructor based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has worked with CWB – USA at a number of benefits and at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This is her first international tour with CWB – USA.  November … Continue reading

The group poses with juggling clubs

Understanding and Action

Katel Le Fustec has been the director of CSF – Canada since 2008. She leads a team comprised of James Saint Félix (Haiti), Brigitte Charpentier (Canada), and Montana Debor (USA), along with local Haitian artists.  Katel Le Fustec The International Day … Continue reading

All four clowns stand in a row

Reaffirming Our Purpose

Ricardo Bamaca served as the logistician for CWB – USA’s August emergency tour to Guatemala. His vital role included making sure the clowns arrived to their performances on time, as well as addressing other logistical issues before and during the … Continue reading

Kids sit behind the line watching a performance

Cheering On the Clown Car

CWB – USA artist Brendon Gawel writes about how love flows in both directions, and can look like clowns performing for kids, and kids cheering on a car full of clowns.  Today we perform in a refugee camp near the … Continue reading

Bonding over Bubbles

November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the first day of our current tour in Haiti. Clowns Without Borders’ primary audience is children, but we also perform for their adult caregivers. The UN … Continue reading