Austria - ROTE NASEN Clowndoctors

When a handful of clowns visited sick children in hospitals in Vienna and Graz at the beginning of 1994, they brought with them the gift of laughter and the joy of life. This was the birth of RED NOSES!

The organisation RED NOSES Clowndoctors Austria was founded by Monica Culen (Managing Director) and Giora Seelinger (Artistic Director).
In the past 20 years, RED NOSES Austria was able to create many new programmes for a wide variety of target groups thereby continuously increasing the number of visits and patients reached.

After lengthy preparations, first visits to the elderly in geriatric wards eventually took off in the year 2000 and the first outreach programmes began in smaller medical institutions and social facilities in 2001.

Optimism and self-confidence are much needed in rehabilitation clinics, so since 2003, RED NOSES clowns help patients cultivate such positive attitudes.

Circus Patientus, a small circus programme, is a highlight for young long-term patients since 2009.

In 2012 RED NOSES started another special programme for children and adolescents with mental and physical disabilities called Caravan Orchestra.

In 2015 the project, Varieté, which focusses on older patients in need of care, had its premiere.  Emerging into a world of magic patients not only feel like stars, but more importantly, feel like human beings with special abilities rather than deficits.

Also in 2015, the programme Emergency Smile Austria was initiated whereby RED NOSES clowndoctors visit refugees in Austria.

RED NOSES clowns have also become an integral part of day-to-day procedures. Through a programme called Cooperation in day-to-day treatment, the clowns act as mediators and are a link between the patient and medical professionals. 

2017 ROTE NASEN Clowndoctors

Clowns: 73
Medical and social institutions: 229
Patients visited: 168,148
Number of visits: 4125 

ROTE NASEN Clowndoctors Österreich

Wattgasse 48
A-1170 Vienna, Austria
T: +43 1 318 03 13
F: +43 1 318 03 13 - 20

Managing Director: Edith Heller
Artistic Director: Martin Kotal


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