Clowns Without Borders UK

Humanitarian Clowning Courses

A clown and a young boy laughing together. They are both wearing red noses.

Introduction

Our approach to humanitarian clowning is an innovative and impactful form of community engagement that combines humour, play, and performance to bring joy and laughter where it is needed most. We believe it is a unique form of artistic expression that can support emotional healing through play and connection. 

Our artists are based in the UK and increasingly in the countries where we work. There are talented clowns everywhere and we support local artists to develop and deliver our programmes with children. The principles of our approach to clowning are always the same: a deep desire to create laughter and play, empathy, and the ability to connect with people on a profound level.

Joining our Community of Clowns

Everyone can share joy within their community and you don’t need to travel thousands of miles to do it! Our artists work in local hospitals, with children permanently excluded from school, or whose parents are in prison, with children who are marginalised. or have complex or special needs. 

Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Join Clowns Without Borders UK on Facebook and Instagram to connect with other humanitarian clowns and stay updated on upcoming events and initiatives.
  • Attend workshops and training programmes organised by Clowns Without Borders UK to learn more about our principles in:
    • Humanitarian Clowning
    • Trauma Informed Practice
  • Child Participation
  • Sign-up to our newsletter to find out more about events, ways to get involved and what we’ve been doing.
  • Check out our YouTube channel to hear from our artists directly
A clown spins a plate on a stick as a young girl helps.

Feedback from participants in our Clown Training

“I had a wonderful time at the workshop, it was such a refreshing and joyful atmosphere.“

Faith Brandon – Clown Training in Communities participant

“The training was brilliant, I really liked the group work with different people throughout the day. The space felt accessible and the facilitator made me feel comfortable whilst we discussed subjects that can be quite emotive. I would definitely recommend this course.”

Alice Boland-Rhodes – Introduction to Trauma-informed Practice participant

“A beautiful workshop that increased self awareness, empathy and connection with myself and others. The playful methods and how it was led created a safe space that facilitated healing. It was such a joy to learn and laugh together.”

Soledad Pinero Misa – Joy as an Act of Radical Self-care participant

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need Previous Performance Experience?

Previous performance experience is not mandatory to join our any of our clowning courses. Just a willingness to participate, engage in play and join in conversations.

Can I Join in if I’m Unsalaried/Low Income?

We want our courses to be as inclusive as possible. We always offer reduced rates and scholarship places on all our courses.

What Are the Benefits of Becoming a Humanitarian Clown?

Becoming a humanitarian clown offers numerous benefits, including personal growth, increased empathy and compassion, the ability to bring joy and laughter to those in need, and the opportunity to make a positive impact on communities facing adversity. It is a rewarding and fulfilling journey that can transform both the lives of others and your own.