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Clowning Connects Us | ClowNexus

Project title

Clowning Connects Us | ClowNexus

Description of initiative

ClowNexus is a large scale cooperation project co-funded by Creative Europe. From November 2020 to October 2023, eight European Healthcare Clowning Organisations will explore more in detail how arts and humour can be used to develop stronger social connections, and enable better communication with (1) people living with dementia, (2) children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their environments.
ClowNexus provides the space to develop new artistic formats and approaches in a co-creative process. Throughout the project clown artists from seven countries will meet in several artistic laboratories and develop new artistic formats and approaches together with their co-creators: elderly people with dementia, children and teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their family members, carers, social experts and artists from other artistic fields.
With the project ClowNexus, the organizers want to find a common path to create, play, laugh and enjoy art together, giving time and space to everybody to express their perspectives, feelings and creativity.
The main project goals are:
- to improve the access to artistic performances and contribute to the social inclusion of people with dementia as well as children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- to strengthen the capacity of healthcare clowning organisations in Europe to co-create and to implement transformative learning processes
ClowNexus aims to:
- increase the wellbeing and social inclusion of vulnerable groups
- increase the capacity of healthcare clowning organisations to create art for and with vulnerable groups
- increase the awareness of the value of arts for well-being

Further information on the initiative

Themes: Culture and...

Individual well-being
Community well-being
Mental health
Physical health
Quality of services for specific groups


healthcare clowns, humour, laughter, health, well-being, dementia, autism

Target group

Children | Early age | Older people

Cultural field





November 2020 - October 2023

Sources of funding

European Commission, Creative Europe, Public grants from national ministries, Individual donors

Results, benefits, impact and lessons learnt

Benefits will be measured at the final evaluation at the end of the project.


RED NOSES Clowndoctors International
Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Lithuania, Croatia, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Jordan
NGO / Non-profit | Culture


Stichting CliniClowns Nederland
NGO / Non-profit | Health
NGO / Non-profit | Culture
NGO / Non-profit | Health
ROTE NASEN Clowndoctors
NGO / Non-profit | Culture
Crveni Nosovi Klaunovidoktori
NGO / Non-profit | Culture
PIROS ORR Bohócdoktorok
NGO / Non-profit | Culture
RAUDONOS NOSYS Gydytojai klounai
NGO / Non-profit | Culture