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    Heads full of ideas under a nice warm hat

    Location: Montreal

    On December 20, 2012, as part of the “Magasin-Partage de Noël”, organized in collaboration with the non-profit organization Mon Resto Saint-Michel, many families in-need from the Saint-Michel district in Montreal received 137 winter-warmer sets that included a winter hat, a neck warmer and mittens for children aged between 4 and 11. Another 107 winter hats of various sizes, for both adults and children, were also handed out. The sets were carefully knitted by more than 40 volunteer Cirque du Soleil employees, affectionately referred to as the Tricotines (the knitters). Entitled Heads full of ideas under a nice warm hat, this project clearly demonstrates our employees’ generous involvement within the community.

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    Circus workshop in the studios

    Location: Montreal

    In June 2012, acrobatic coaches from the Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters welcomed to the organization’s training studios 12 young people aged between 25 and 30 from the social circus non-profit organization Cirque Hors Piste, a long-standing partner of the Cirque du Monde program. In their very first circus workshop, the young people had the chance to try out, under the supervision on the acrobatic coaches, circus disciplines such as the German Wheel and the aerial hoop. They also took part in a height rescue exercise and group games workshops. The young people received a certificate of participation for the circus workshop upon completion.

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    Student Business Project

    Location: Montreal

    Every year since 2005, Cirque du Soleil, in association with MR3 Relève Montréal , has run a work experience program that is open to young students from underprivileged secondary schools in the Saint-Michel district. This program, called the Student Business Project, aims to guide young students in their choice of career. During the 2012 edition, approximately 30 of the organization’s employees shared their passion for the profession with 20 participants aged between 14 and 17.

    From July 9 to 13, 2012, employees from a wide range of activity sectors within the organization demonstrated the many aspects of their professional specialism, be it offering a make-up workshop, a rigging seminar, a conference on the special events carried out by the organization, a costume-making demonstration in the costume workshops or a visit to the organization’s gardens. These special meetings gave the young participants a behind-the-scenes look at the various jobs carried out at the heart of the organization.

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    Arts Nomades

    Location: Montreal

    For the seventh consecutive year, the Arts nomades program is turning the spotlight on arts and culture in three elementary schools in the Saint-Michel district. Over the course of 2012, almost 700 children, 35 teachers and more than 400 families in the district were involved in the program. Supported by elementary school teachers, the program’s team of teaching artists offers dance, circus and plastic arts workshops for children aged between 5 and 11, all while getting them involved in artistic performances and enabling them to discover Montreal’s cultural locations. Participation in the Arts nomades program significantly contributes to these children’s development and creative potential. In addition, being involved with the arts also has a positive impact on the dedication of students to their studies and their success.

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    A new family for one big top

    Location: Montreal

    In October 2012, FOCUSfish, a non-profit organization working with young people from the greater Los Angeles area, contacted Cirque du Soleil to ask them to donate one of their tents. The timing could not have been better! In fact, not only did Cirque du Soleil have a concession tent they could donate, but moreover, FOCUSfish had the necessary space to ensure that the tent could be properly set up. The latter was crucial to sealing the deal. A team was then able to take off for Los Angeles to help the FOCUSfish team dress the tent properly. FOCUSfish celebrated its 10th anniversary in a new big top in Cirque du Soleil colours.

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    Collection of School Supplies

    Location: Montreal

    In 2012, Cirque du Soleil organized the annual collection of school supplies among its Montreal employees. Collecting school equipment enables children from families in the Saint-Michel district to start the school year off on the right foot. This year, 461 children from the community were kitted out for the start of the school year.

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    Exhibitions

    Location: Montreal

    For many years, Cirque du Soleil has supported local artists and organized exhibitions of their artwork at its International Headquarters. In 2012, videomaker and photographer Adad Hannah, represented by Galerie Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain and sculptor Laurent Craste, represented by Galerie SAS , were honoured.

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    Weight of light Unveiled

    Location: Montreal

    In 2012, Cirque du Soleil unveiled the artwork Weight of light by Canadian artist Karilee Fuglem, represented by Galerie Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain. This monumental work was integrated into the architecture of the offices in the organization’s International Headquarters.

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    PARADE

    Location: Montreal

    As part of the PARADE program, a support program for employees’ artistic projects that aims to encourage and support their personal artistic pursuits and participation in cultural life outside of their work within the organization, 47 works created by employees from the International Headquarters, Las Vegas and the Quidam and Corteo shows were displayed in 2012.

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    Employee Recognition Program

    Location: Montreal

    The organization has set up a recognition program that gives artwork to employees celebrating being part of the Cirque du Soleil adventure for 15, 20 or 25 years. In 2012, 103 worthy employees received pieces of art.

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    Ticket Donation

    Location: Montreal

    In each of the cities where Cirque du Soleil performs its touring shows, a certain number of tickets are given to local non-profit organizations so that their clientele can see the organization’s shows for free. In 2012, more than 30,000 tickets for big top shows, 40,000 tickets for arena shows and 3,000 tickets for theatre shows were given out in this way.

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    Supporting Enfants Espoir du Québec

    Location: Montreal

    In June, several Amaluna employees took part in various fundraising activities in support of the Fondation Enfants Espoir du Québec , which helps children suffering from cancer. On June 24, a few brave employees agreed to have their hair cut and one even agreed to shave his head for the cause. The hair will be used to make wigs for children suffering from cancer. The numerous activities enabled the team to raise more than $5,000 for the foundation.

    Amaluna also offered families sponsored by the foundation the opportunity to watch the show. After the performance, the young guests and members of their families had the chance to meet the artists and returned home with wonderful memories and stars in their eyes.