This encyclopedia was initiated by Clowns Without Borders International with the support of UNESCO.

It was created in response to the many queries CWBI has received from partners around the world, asking where to find resources of quality related to clown. CWBI aims for this encyclopedia to be a resource to anyone interested in clowning, including clowns in training and people interested in learning more about the specific work of performing in areas of crisis and healthcare environments. This is an open community platform and content submissions are encouraged.

Clown Culture and History

Clown Culture and History

In this section you will find numerous documents (texts, photos, videos, and drawings) of clowns throughout the ages and around the world, demonstrating that clowns are part of the immaterial wisdom and knowledge of human cultures. We aim to demonstrate both the diversity and universality of clown.

Clown Training

Clown Training

In this section we gather different approaches to clown training, theory, and performance. You will find methodologies and tips for practicing, improving or building performance techniques, physical comedy, character, status relationship, circus skills, and other clown-related disciplines. You will also find resources related to the underlying principles of teaching and learning clown.

Resilience in Laughter

Resilience in Laughter

This section contains examples of clowns performing in areas of crisis and health care contexts as well as guidelines, advice, and resources for performing or leading workshops in these types of contexts. You will find materials relating to the history and development of clowning in the context of humanitarian aid, psychosocial support and healthcare as well as research on the impact of clown performance on audiences who have experienced trauma or stress.

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