A recap of the first edition of our the ECDF START-UP LAB, powered by The National Lottery.

With the ECDF START-UP LAB, Ell Circo D’ell Fuego supports unconventional, innovative and recently graduated circus professionals with their leap – or somersault – toward a professional career.

Jef, Jonas & Jakob of !UKBUM! were the first artists to take advantage of this paid(!) internship program during the period 2022-2023. With !UKBUM! they create absurd circus theater where they confront the audience with the eccentricities of everyday life.



Within the ECDF START-UP LABO, they were given not only space to work on their first show, but also insight in how to build a company. Furthermore, they learned how to communicate about their company, to themselves (who are we and what do we stand for?) and to the field.

It was nice to work intensively on business, communication and creative topics during the START-UP LAB, over an extended period of time. Moreover, we were also paid to learn all these things. To learn how to work, so to speak.

– Jef Kinds, !UKBUM!


Open Call START-UP LAB #2

Are you following in the footsteps of !UKBUM! For the second edition of the ECDF START-UP LABO we are once again looking for unconventional, innovative & recently graduated circus professionals. You can submit a proposal until July 16, 2023.

Read all about it and sign up now!

With the ECDF START-UP LABO, the National Lottery and Ell Circo D’ell Fuego are working together to professionalize the Belgian circus landscape and its further positioning, both nationally and internationally. Thanks in part to National Lottery players, newly graduated circus professionals can complete a paid internship program that is committed to artistic, physical and business mentoring.

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