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The mission of Performers Without Borders (PWB) is to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of disadvantaged young people through teaching circus skills and performing arts.
Partaking in a physical activity at a young age has been shown to be a great indicator of future mental and physical health and academic achievement, so our work can be an important early intervention with long lasting and broad ranging benefits for a wide range of vulnerable young people (see Our Impact for more).
Extended Circus Arts Instruction (CAI) with a social focus has been shown to have significant benefits and lasting impacts on physical and mental wellbeing for disadvantaged young people across the world, in PWB’s own 15 years of international projects and from many others.
This is based on a growing body of research expounding the benefits of learning circus skills and putting on performances.Learn more about PWB
Circus arts have been shown to improve physical and mental well being as well as promote confidence, team skills, self-esteem, mindfulness and socialising. It is more accessible and inclusive than many traditional sports, including for young people with complex and additional needs.
Early engagement in physical activity has also been shown to improve academic achievement and the likelihood of doing physical activity in later life, which has additional long-term benefits.
Please see our: Blackburn and Swiss Cottage Evaluation Report page for our latest PWB-UK research and evaluation projects.
You can also learn and raise money for PWB by using: this referal link with our sponsorship partners Learned.Live.
PWB-International currently does outreach work in India, Kenya and Nicaragua every year between January and April. We also support shorter projects with the refugees in Calais and Dunkirk.
PWB-UK is developing more outreach projects across the UK, we are currently working with LAF, refugees and asylum seekers and the VI communities via grant and internal funding. We are keen to get in touch with new partners, funding bodies and interested volunteers. We have also started an initiative to get more social circus in the UK for everybody, are you interested in starting your own project with a community close to your heart? Contact us with PWB Produces!Learn more about PWB-UK
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Who are you? My name is Will, I am 30 years old, currently living in Belgium. I was 27 when I went on tour with PWB in Nicaragua, and I had been working as a self-employed circus performer and teacher…
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This carousel contains links to all the tours that PWB have ever done since 2007. We advertise for volunteers from April to July ready to go on tour the next January. To find out more about what it means to volunteer on a tour, head to our ‘Volunteering’ page.Find out more
Back in Kenya for a 6 week project with our partners the Sarakasi Trust, GRT Italia and Smiles for Change project in Nairobi.learn more about Kenya 2020
2020 sees the team back in India for the 13th year working with our usual partner organisations.learn more about India 2020
Due to political unrest in the country we are only doing two mini-Tours to Nicaragua in 2019 using local artists to do 2x1 week projects with our usual partners in Los Quinchos (San Marcos), Las Chavaladas (Leon) and Ninos del Fortin (Leon). This was funded by an NSC grant.learn more about Nicaragua 2019
This year we will be returning once again to work with our usual partners in Kenya.learn more about Kenya 2019
We return to India once again 12 years on from our first tour working with our regular partners.learn more about India 2019
PWB supported the Flying Seagulls in Samos, Greece, doing some social circus outreach work with the refugees there for a week in early December.learn more about Greece 2019
The PWB team returned to Calais and Dunkirk in the Spring and Autumn of 2019 to reach out to Refugees in those towns in order to help with their psychological and physical wellbeing.learn more about Calais and Dunkirk 2019
PWBs short trips over the channel to support refugee children stranded there.learn more about Calais & Dunkirk 2018
Our 6th year back in Nicaragua working with our regular partners like Los Quinchos (San Marcos), Las Chavaladas (Leon), Ninos del Fortin (Leon) and La Escuela de Comedia y Mimo (Granada).learn more about Nicaragua 2018
PWB returns to India for our amazing 11th year working with our now regular and well established partners.learn more about India 2018
In 2018 we made our 3rd visit to the African country of Kenya, to help co-ordinate a series of workshops and performances with local communities in the area.learn more about Kenya 2018
Back in Kenya once more working with our usual partners and creating powerful positive experiences.learn more about Kenya 2017
Back in Nicaragua once more working with our usual partners and creating powerful positive experiences.learn more about Nicaragua 2017
Celebrating 10 years of PWB this year and 10 years partnerships in India PWB returns once more into the fray.learn more about India 2017
Back in India once more working with our usual partners and creating powerful positive experiences.learn more about India 2016
Back in Nicaragua once more working with our usual partners and creating powerful positive experiences.learn more about Nicaragua 2016
Back in Kenya once more working with our usual partners and creating powerful positive experiences.learn more about Kenya 2016
Back in India once more working with our usual partners and creating powerful positive experiences.learn more about India 2015
Back in Kenya once more working with our usual partners and creating powerful positive experiences.learn more about Nicaragua 2015
Back in India once more working with our usual partners and creating powerful positive experiences.learn more about India 2014
Back in Nicaragua once more working with our usual partners and creating powerful positive experiences.learn more about Nicaragua 2014
The one and only tour to Sierra Leone visited Free Town, Kamakwe, Makeni, Pujehun and Bo over 2 monthslearn more about Sierra Leone 2014
Our 5th year working in India back in the mists of time.learn more about India 2013
The first ever PWB tour to Nicaragua was a great success and set the scene for many more to come.learn more about Nicaragua 2013
Fourth year in India making the PWB magic happen.learn more about India 2012
Our third year in India spreading positive vibes and uplifting the most needy.learn more about India 2011
Back again after a year to re-organise. The second your to India looked amazing - check it out here!learn more about India 2010
The FIRST PWB tour actually started in Autumn 2007 went through to 2008 and then went up though Pakistan, to China and into Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan for the "Silk Road Circus" trip.learn more about India 2008