With TaRMak's circus programs, Ell Circo D'ell Fuego aims to empower children and teenagers who encounter intrafamily violence.

Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, ontwikkel circus, circus als middel, Patrick Lemineur

Flying with hope

TaRMak is a circus program for children and teens in vulnerable home situations.

The aim is for them to have positive experiences together, experience culture and have fun. At the same time, they subtly work on strengthening competencies.


In the circus, no one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

During a camp or class series, TaRMaK participants learn to build hope. And they discover new tools for dealing with emotions and difficult situations. The focus is on cooperation and respectful interaction. But also on recreation and fun. During TaRMak, a dozen children engage in circus. They are given the space they need to create something collaboratively in a non-competitive environment.

Many TaRMaK activities are scheduled in 2024. An overview of what we have in store:

TaRMaK Easter Camp

April 2 to 5, 2024 from 09:30 to 16:30

Het Oude Badhuis
Stuivenbergplein 38
2060 Antwerp

For children from 8 to 12 years old

Visiting MAD Festival with TaRMaK

Sunday April 24, 2024

TaRMaK Class Series

From Tuesday, September 24, 2024 to Tuesday, May 27, 2025 from 16:30 to 18:30.

Instituut Maris Stella
10 Blijde Inkomststraat
2140 Borgerhout

For children from 8 to 12 years old

TaRMaK Autumn Camp

October 28 to November 1, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. to 16:30

Instituut Maris Stella
10 Blijde Inkomststraat
2140 Borgerhout

For children from 8 to 12 years old

TaRMaK. Flying with hope

With TaRMaK, we developed a sustainable methodology based on the principles of circus, experiential learning, trauma-sensitive work and the science around “Hope. In the publication TaRMaK. Hoopvol vliegen we turn the methodology completely inside out. You can download the publication digitally or request a printed copy at info@ecdf.be.

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TaRMaK. Flying with hope

You can always find new roads you can go through. Just as in your brain there are different pathways. You can choose any road you like. And when it’s hard, you give it some more thought and try all kinds of things. After that, you know what you like best and you take it from there.

TaRMaK. A short documentary

Special thanks to

TaRMaK has received financial support from a variety of partners within its start-up phase. In particular, we thank the Flemish Government, City of Antwerp, the Nike Community Impact Fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation and the players of the National Lottery.


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Thanks to the support of the City of Antwerp, we will be able to permanently embed TaRMaK in our operations in the coming years.

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