Tour of Laughter

Follow our RED NOSES cartoon clowns on their Tour of Laughter

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Impact of 25 years RED NOSES

young and elderly patients
6,500,000
young and elderly patients
medical and social institutions
700
medical and social institutions
countries of operation
10
countries of operation
clown visits
150,000
clown visits
professionally trained clowns
400
professionally trained clowns
years of expertise
25
years of expertise

How everything started

Monica Culen, CEO, and Giora Seeliger, Artistic Director, founded RED NOSES in 1994 in Vienna.

Both of them were fascinated by the article they read about Michael Christensen in the “Life Magazine”. He was the very first one to visit, as a clown, a hospital in New York at the beginning of the 90s.

As a child Monica Culen spent months in the hospital and even in a sanatorium for lung diseases, closed up without parents, care providers or friends. She experienced that long time there as being very scary and lonely. Together with the clownery expert and acting teacher Giora Seeliger, who knew the strength and vitality of humour due to his many years of stage experience all over Europe, they decided to found a healthcare clown organisation in Austria. Finding suitable artists in Austria for clown performances was extremely difficult at that time. Nevertheless, in November 1994, 6 professionally trained RED NOSES clowns entered a hospital for the first time. The first visits at the bedside of sick children in Vienna, Austria laid the foundation for a humorous "revolution" in the healthcare system.