The Flow Arts – the artistic manipulation of an object to create a dance-like flow – can be found all over the world in a multitude of different settings: from large scale circuses to individuals playing in their own gardens. But the one thing that these Arts have in common, no matter where you go, is that they create communities. Learning to spin, or teaching or simply playing together as friends is an amazing way for people to come together and connect despite their differences.
Connect on Social Media
Facebook is a great place to discover what up ‘n coming flow events and gatherings are happening near you. It can also help you connect with other spinners around South Africa and start your own flow gatherings! Here are a few of the local flow arts community groups:
Outreach and Social Programs
At FireTribe we believe that the flow arts are a fantastic tool for individual and social upliftment. Most simply, learning flow arts a form of fun exercise, but it can also have significant therapeutic benefits and, as with any skill development, can lead to a greater sense of self-fulfilment and self-confidence.
We work with several different organisations that use flow arts and other circus skills for these purposes. These groups are non-profit and rely on our community’s support. If you are interested in volunteering or assisting with their work in any way you may contact us or them directly.
Circles of Life
Circles of Life is a non-profit company bringing flow arts and circus arts to under-resourced communities across South Africa. Their mission is to co-create spaces for play, exploration, expression and self-realisation using flow arts and the circus art.
Sisonke Social Circus
Sisonke is a social circus based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The name Sisonke exemplifies the vision of the programme and means “we are together”. Their goal is to inspire young individuals to develop their bodies, hearts and minds through the magic of circus, building bridges between each other and their diverse communities in the process. Theirr broader goal is to be a part of building a peaceful co-existence in South Africa and in the world.
ActionArté is a social circus, non-profit organisation who’s vision is to create positive people using unique programs that inspire, nurture, grow and empower. Their mission is to utilise a multi-spectrum approach to create awareness and interest for future champions.
“AfrikaBurn is the spectacular result of the creative expression of participants who gather once a year in the Tankwa Karoo to create a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance!”
The Flow Arts Commune is a community of flow artists and fire dancers who join forces every year at AfrikaBurn to teach, entertain and share their love for their art. The Commune is a theme camp situated on the Binnekring and is a radical space to learn, play and connect.
The Commune also organises the the impressive ‘Dance of a 1000 Flames’ that unites fire dancers from all of the world to perform before the burning of the San Clan sculpture. This is by far the largest fire jam in Africa.
You can connect with this flow arts community on Facebook and look out for the awesome Flow Show fundraisers that happen in the lead up to The Burn.