Instituto Nacional de Artes do Circo

Contemporary Circus

INAC - Instituto Nacional de Artes do Circo is an international center dedicated exclusively to circus arts located in Vila Nova de Famalicão - Portugal. The Institute's mission is to train artists capable of a multidisciplinary approach that ensures the emergence and affirmation of new aesthetics and bring the circus to all audiences, as well as the dissemination and implementation of contemporary circus in Portugal, providing a new offer and enriching the current cultural landscape. The circus, traditionally, is a "big family", and INAC is no exception. Our projects are built on love for what we do, compassion, and hard work.

The National Institute of Circus Arts is a member of FEDEC - European Federation of Professional Circus Schools.



INAC's contemporary circus professional education program aims to stimulate and train young circus artists at a high technical and artistic level. In addition to risk, poetry, and humor, we believe that technical excellence and virtuosity sustain the various forms of contemporary circus.
The pedagogical basis of this project focuses on intensive daily training that develops different circus disciplines (such as manipulation of objects, clown, balance, aerial, acrobatics, among others) in a close relationship with other artistic forms, namely, theater and dance.

INAC fills the gap in contemporary circus studies in Portugal, believing that, in the future, exceptional artists will create exceptional art.

The Circo à Noite program, by INAC (Instituto Nacional de Artes do Circo), is a recreational program of regular circus classes for all ages.

The children work with us in various circus disciplines: acrobatic fabrics, lyre, trapeze, floor acrobatics and trampoline.
Exercising has never been so much fun!

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It is aimed at professionals who want to maintain their technical training practice and continue their artistic research.

The space provides:

a training area with technical equipment for acrobatics, aerials, balance, and juggling.
a black box, equipped for air, sound, light, and linoleum.
an open space for laboratory and research provided air, sound, light, and linoleum.


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