It’s teeming with RED NOSES clowns:

170 clowndoctors meet for training at the international RED NOSES clown camp


Vienna/St. Georgen, 19 June 2015 – As every year, approximately 170 RED NOSES clowns from all ten partner organisations have gathered to learn and practice new skills to use in their work in hospital. This year’s big international training was held from 15 to 18 June in St. Georgen am Längsee/Carinthia, Austria. Ongoing training is essential for RED NOSES clowns, giving them the expertise they need to maintain a consistently high level of quality in their work with people who are sick and suffering. A highlight of this ongoing training is the international RED NOSES camp, hosted annually by one of the ten partner organizations.

This year, it was the Austrian RED NOSES turn to invite their colleagues from other countries to St. Georgen am Längsee (Carinthia). Approximately 170 RED NOSES clowns participated in about 40 intensive workshops designed to support their work in hospital. The clowns also found time to share their experiences and their artistic skills with each other and develop their clown personage.

Highlights from the 2015 international RED NOSES clown camps schedule:
•    Clowns as additional support during medical treatment
•    Work in pairs - clown duos (improvisation, partner structures, etc.)
•    Ukulele, juggling, magic tricks and dance
•    Many other clown and artistic techniques

“Sharing experiences and skills internationally is very enriching because the people come from so many cultures and have such different mentalities. Clowns from other countries have shown me new ways to approach suffering people and new ways to do magic tricks. That brings a breath of fresh air to my clowning and inspires me when I visit sick children in hospital”, says Christian Moser, aka clown Guido Mosl (Ex-President), the most senior clown in the Carinthian RED NOSES team.

Bringing laughter and joy to sick and suffering people requires great sensitivity, and it’s easy for something to go awry. “Our artists are constantly honing their skills and participate in extensive training in our International School of Humor every year. In their work, they need a range of skills and abilities that they can draw on spontaneously and depending on the situation at hand. The impressions and impulses the clowns receive at the international RED NOSES clown camp are very helpful in breaking certain artistic routines and staying fresh”, explains Giora Seeliger, Artistic Director of RED NOSES International.

RED NOSES International clown camp has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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