Founded in 1995, the École de cirque de Québec (ÉCQ) first lived in the gymnasium of the Louis-Joliet center, then the ExpoCité youth pavilion, to finally own and refurbish the old Saint-Jean church. Esprit located in the heart of the Vieux-Limoilou district in 2003. In keeping with its reputation as a driving force in the development of circus arts in Quebec, the ÉCQ undertook a second phase of development in 2010 to respond to the development of its sector. Respect for its architectural heritage combined with modern rental improvements make it without a doubt an exceptional place. It is the only public professional circus school in Canada, and also offers a recreational component.

The ÉCQ is a non-profit organization with values ​​that preaches respect, openness and rigor.

L’ÉCQ est un organisme à but non lucratif aux valeurs qui prônent le respect, l’ouverture et la rigueur.


Artistic; stimulates the emergence of new generations and supports professional artists.

Educational; offers professional and recreational training activities.

Community; develops workshops in collaboration with specialized stakeholders to promote the development of circus, children and adolescents with specific needs. (Autism, school dropout, intellectual and / or physical disabilities, etc.)


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