We are CABUWAZI, the chaotic, colorful travelling circus!
CABUWAZI – a magical place and a small world of its own, where you can forget your everyday life and be yourself. It´s a place full of movement and variety. A place for making friends, discovering circus together and developing your own creative ideas. A place for learning new things, performing in the ring in front of an audience, and of course: a place for having fun!
You can find us in six locations in Berlin: CABUWAZI Kreuzberg, CABUWAZI Tempelhof, CABUWAZI Treptow, CABUWAZI Altglienicke, CABUWAZI Lichtenberg and CABUWAZI Marzahn. We offer afternoon training, school and holiday project weeks as well as great shows at all our locations.
For 26 years we have been doing our best for children and young people in Berlin
What we do
CABUWAZI Kreuzberg – a gem on the edge of Görlitzer Park
CABUWAZI Kreuzberg, located on the edge of Görlitzer Park in the middle of Kreuzberg is a cozy Kiez-circus . Children and young people from the neighbourhood as well as the prospective circus educators of the CABUWAZI Circus Academy enjoy being embedded in this multicultural environment of Kreuzberg.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time or just drop by. We are looking forward to seeing you!
Plenty of space and freedom for socializing, culture and circus at CABUWAZI Tempelhof
In the heart of the capital, far horizons and plenty of space: at the former Tempelhof Airport, our tents are located as a hub of cultural education! CABUWAZI Tempelhof – The Cultural Airport is a circus adventure for young and old. Three large circus tents and many circus wagons, our own workshops and a costume fundus offer space and opportunities for circus, theatre, dance and music.
Shows, spectacles, theatre and music at the Kulturflughafen:
Various cultural events regularly take place in the tents of CABUWAZI Tempelhof. Whether it’s a circus performance or theatre for children and young people, a clown festival or a concert: we cordially invite you to our circus site!
The Tempelhofer Feld is also home to the CABUWAZI Beyond Borders project. For several years we have been running circus courses and project weeks in many Berlin accommodation facilities for refugees. Our mobile team is on the road and across districts daily. With our new location in the immediate vicinity of the Tempohomes and the emergency accommodation at Tempelhof Airport, we invite Berliners young and old to join us in creating a shared cultural site.
Circus on the former wall strip - CABUWAZI Treptow, a place of encounter
CABUWAZI Treptow is a beautiful circus site situated on the former wall strip. A cozy café and open spaces create a picturesque atmosphere for various activities.
Treptows costume and stage design of the elaborately produced shows, in which socially critical themes are addressed in a participatory and inclusive way, is legendary.
In addition to ongoing circus activities, a new kind of circus therapy for adolescents with mental illnesses such as ADHD, depression and anxiety and eating disorders is developed at CABUWAZI Treptow in cooperation with clinical therapists: a new, urgently needed extra-clinical treatment concept that is to be used nationwide in the future.
Welcome to the southernmost location of CABUWAZI, surrounded by greenery.
Our site is usually calm almost meditative, you can even hear the bird chirping – until we start our famous circus shows. Then we are crowded with children and young people who present what they have learned in front of an enthusiastic audience.
CABUWAZI Altglienicke is a place of encounter – for the training children, for the local residents and for our many international guests. We are a place of communication, joy, movement and freedom. We have a lot of space and the meadows between the tents make camps and festivals with many visitors possible.
Although CABUWAZI Altglienicke is located on the green outskirts of the city, it is in the middle of a new development area that offers few leisure activities for children and young people. Thus the children’s circus, the adventure playground and children’s farm Waslala are attractions for the children and young people of Altglienicke.
About 160 children and teenagers train regularly in fixed training groups. About 65 children participate in circus courses, which we offer in cooperation with schools and refugee homes. And around 180 children and young people take part in holiday workshops every year. The children and adolescents aged between 4 and 21 years come mainly from the neighbourhood, many of them from the “Kosmosviertel”. But also children from the wider surroundings such as Bohnsdorf, Adlershof, Rudow, Spindlersfeld, Schönefeld and the entire Treptow-Köpenick district join our workshops.
Besides we have many hang outs and free workshops that are open for everybody who is interested in circus or our social activities.
We want to give everybody the chance to train with us, to present themselves, to cheer, to celebrate, to help out or just to drop by.
Our tent at CABUWAZI Marzahn offers a colourful contrast to the “Plattenbau”-architecture that surrounds us.
In the middle of the up-and-coming district of Marzahn, right next to the “Raoul-Wallenberg-Straße” S-Bahn station, shines the yellow-red dome tent of CABUWAZI circus. A large number of various training disciplines with a very high skill level, many sold-out performances and a multitude of prizes won are characteristic for this CABUWAZI location.
Our sixth location will soon open its doors!
As you may have heard, we are working on opening a sixth CABUWAZI location in the north-east of Berlin.The tent is already up and we hope to open our doors for you soon. Until then, we will introduce ourselves to the neighbourhood through various mobile services. Stop by, everyone is welcome!
We see it as our responsibility to recognise the individual potential of the children entrusted to us and to support them in their personal development and expressiveness, through the help of our circus pedagogic offerings. We see ourselves as a learning space for everyone, where children and young people can find their place, regardless of racial heritage, financial situation, physical disability or sexual orientation.
Movement and training of motor/ fine motor skills
Diversity and integration
Art and aesthetics, creativity
Participation and sharing
How it all began
In 1992 a group of children discovered the fun of unicycling in a Berlin backyard. The “Kreuzberg Einradchaos “, as the group called itself, soon started to show their skills at school and street festivals – inspiring other children to join. So just one year after the founding, co-founder Karl Köckenberger and a parent’s initiative expanded by adding other artistic disciplines and organised their first holiday program. Quickly their backyard became too small for all the activities and a new place was needed.
The first CABUWAZI tent offered enough space for acrobatics and for people to meet, exchange and communicate. It was erected in 1994 in Treptow and is located on the former border strip between East and West Berlin –connecting people from the very beginning.
The second tent in Kreuzberg followed in the same year in July.
CABUWAZI is born
Former youth senator Thomas Krüger ceremoniously baptised the children’s and youth circus with the name CABUWAZI (ChAotisch BUnter WAnderZIrkus – chaotic colourful travelling circus). In the same year the supporting association for our circus was founded.
And CABUWAZI continues to grow: in 1996 the training group in Altglienicke received a tent, in 1997 the circus Springling in Marzahn, founded in 1992, joined CABUWAZI. In 2004 the Kreuzberg team got a second location, the “Treasure Island” (now part of the Vuesch club) and in 2010 the location Shake! at Ostbahnhof opened. Since 2010 CABUWAZI has been under the sponsorship of GrenzKultur gGmbH. Since 2013 the Kinder- und Jugendzirkus Berlin e.V. initiates projects under the name CABUWAZI.
CABUWAZI celebrates its twentieth birthday and it is decided that all the sites will bear the same name: CABUWAZI Altglienicke, CABUWAZI Friedrichshain, CABUWAZI Kreuzberg, CABUWAZI Marzahn and CABUWAZI Treptow.
The location in Friedrichshain has to move and finds a new home at the Tempelhofer Feld. CABUWAZI Tempelhof – the cultural airport is ceremonially opened.
CABUWAZI turns 25 – in addition to our social circus work, we are expanding the range of our offerings. CABUWAZI, as an integral part of each individual neighbourhood, becomes an event location for all people looking for a unique spot for birthdays and parties of all kinds.
CABUWAZI opens its sixth location in Berlin Lichtenberg-Hohenschönhausen!
National and international
Commitment in every direction
We place particular emphasis on working with refugees, facilitating international encounters and exchange among children, youth and young adults. That is why we are not only part of the European Voluntary Service EDF, but also bring people together in our project CABUWAZI Beyond Borders and further international encounters: for a solidarity, fostering solidarity, open togetherness. Because that’s also what CABUWAZI stands for!
You can find more information about current projects in our blog.
CABUWAZI Beyond Borders
Circus overcomes borders
What we want to achieve
International Youth Exchange
EVS: Volunteers Crew
Cooperation between the EVS and CABUWAZI
The European Voluntary Service (EVS), as part of the Erasmus+ programme, gives young people between 17 and 30 the opportunity to work in non-profit projects in another country for a certain period of time. Usually an EVS lasts between two and twelve months. Before, during and after the exchange, the volunteers receive pedagogical support. Apart from age restrictions, there are no further access restrictions. Specific educational qualification or language skills are not required.
CABUWAZI has been active in the EVS programme for more than 15 years and has already given the opportunity for a life-shaping and inspiring experience in one of CABUWAZI’s five locations to more than 100 young people. The EVS volunteers at CABUWAZI make an important contribution in the daily circus educational work with our children and young people and enrich the interpersonal interactions through their cultural diversity.