We strive to be a good neighbour at our offices and in the cities we visit by building relationships with communities through activities and programs that benefit at-risk youth. This cause is a natural fit for a company founded by street performers. We speak to youth in a language that is built into our DNA: art.

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Using arts as an intervention tool

The Cirque du Monde program was created by Cirque du Soleil to promote circus art as a means of intervention with at-risk youth, an approach known as social circus. Cirque du Monde offered training for practitioners, support for social circus organizations and advocacy on the benefits of social circus.

Cirque du Monde uses art to contribute to the personal and social development of its participants by fostering self-esteem, confidence, social skills, citizen development and creativity.

Still today, the social circus movement has a worldwide impact. See the map to find out if there is one near you.

Moreover, in each of the cities visited by our Big Top, we distribute 500 tickets to organizations working with at-risk youth as well as in the circus arts, to allow access to our shows.

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Art Collection and Show Heritage

Art Collection and show heritage

Our collection of artworks brings together hundreds of pieces of contemporary art. It is characterized by a focus on young creators and a desire to reflect the different current practices. Renowned artists from Quebec and around the world complete the corpus. Most of the artworks are exhibited in our workspaces and are part of employees’ daily lives.

Our desire to offer the community a space where it can enjoy art  inspired us to create our Garden of Works of Art. Visitors can admire sculptures by renowned artists from Canada and elsewhere, through a landscape that includes a vegetable garden and a labyrinth.

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During summer months, guided tours are offered by TOHU. Visit

The Show Heritage collection includes costumes and accessories from 1984 to the present. The collection speaks to the importance of our history, our innovative role and our impact in the evolution of the performing arts. Our costumes are a tribute to the creativity of our designers and artisans. They contribute to the memory and sustainability of our shows.

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What Happens in Vegas...

We have always been an engaged group in the communities where we are based. We establish a dialogue by contributing to community growth, encouraging our employees to participate in action-based initiatives and supporting events that are meaningful to the local community. The Run Away with Cirque du Soleilat the Springs Preserve 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk is a great example of that. All proceeds from the event supported the educational and environmental programs at the Springs Preserve and our own Art Nomades program.

Cirque du Soleil supports the One Drop Foundation since its very first day. The past 15 years have been punctuated by Cirque’s many generous contributions, from fundraising events, to employee engagement initiatives and creative work sessions. These contributions include the annual One Night for One Drop philanthropic event in Las Vegas, during which the time and talent of Cirque du Soleil artists and employees have created breathtaking shows, which have helped the One Drop Foundation raise over US$40 million in support of our mission.

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Tohu and Cirque du Soleil headquarter

Montreal : City of Circus arts

Cirque du Soleil has aspired to be an agent of change since its inception, and the decision to establish its International Headquarters in the Saint Michel district of Montreal sprang from the desire to select a location where the company's presence could have a positive impact. The choice of Saint-Michel, in the north of Montreal, one of the most sensitive neighbourhoods in Canada, gave Cirque the opportunity to take actions that have a meaningful impact in the local community.

The late 1990s saw the rise of a great project in Montreal: assembling a critical mass of circus arts creation, training, production and performance infrastructure. So, in 1999, Cirque du Soleil took the initiative of involving its private and public partners in the creation of La TOHU. Founded in 2003 in association with the National Circus School and En Piste, the Circus Arts professionals National Network, the non profit organization (NPO) has a triple mission: to make Montreal a world capital of circus arts, to play an active part in the rehabilitation of the Saint Michel Environmental Complex, one of the biggest urban waste disposal sites in North America, and to contribute to the development of the Saint-Michel district in Montreal.

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