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The Caravane Philanthrope is a collective of humanitarian artists closely connected to the communities we work with. Our simple goal is to change the world one smile at a time. Our organization, based in Québec, is composed mostly of Québecois artists but also includes members from across Canada and Europe.
Locally, we work with vulnerable children and marginalized communities (homeless persons, hospice residents, First Nations Communities, etc.). Internationally, we travel where we feel we are needed (refugee camps, orphanages, slums, etc.)
We offer many varied projects aimed at supporting the well-being and fulfillment of individuals and the communities they belong to. We do this through artistic and social endeavors that are mainly composed of social circus and humanitarian clown practices.
Projects and news
Since being founded on October 1st, 2019, we’ve implemented many projects aimed at breaking isolation and spreading happiness among vulnerable children and marginalized populations in Quebec (retirement homes, people experiencing homelessness, etc.) and internationally (refugee camps, orphanages, etc.).
We were able to make several humanitarian trips abroad before the Covid-19 pandemic significantly disrupted our activities and forced us to cancel many of our projects. Currently, we have succeeded in adapting our activities in order to get involved locally, while respecting proper health measures and social distancing.
Guillaume Vermette: Humanitarian Clown Entertaining his Neighbours
April 3, 2020
The Barrier of the Mask
May 2, 2020
Guillaume Vermette: Trader of Smiles
May 2, 2020
Artists in Service of Confined Residents
May 19, 2020
Ti-Cass: the Clown with the Heart of a Child
May 20, 2020
Our shows are completely free if you are booking for a long-term care center, a retirement home or a non-profit organization…and our artists are still paid. This is a great way to have it both ways; to spread joy and support artists at the same time.
We are slowly beginning to provide speakers at conferences and smaller events again, as much as health measures permit. Help us finance our humanitarian projects by inviting our artists to share their stories. They’re sometimes funny, other times overwhelming, but always deeply human. It’s also a marvelous way to help people become more aware of different realities while encouraging them toward community engagement.
Since the beginning of this pandemic, solitude and emotional distress have been prominent. Our artists have been travelling the province fighting isolation and spreading smiles. Their circus feats and sweet melodies have been appreciated through balconies and windows - a show distanced enough to respect current guidelines, but intimate enough to reach the hearts of our spectators.
15 Years a Humanitarian
with Guillaume Vermette
After about 15 years of humanitarian work travelling to 40 countries, Guillaume has a lot to say! He has met with so many fantastic people and been confronted with countless challenging realities. In this presentation, he will share his stories in his own very dynamic and authentic style. It’s sometimes funny, other times overwhelming, but always deeply human.
How Do You Keep Smiling?
with Guillaume Vermette
Guillaume presents himself as one of the happiest people he’s met in his life - but this hasn’t always been the case. For a long time, he was living with deep sadness. In this presentation, he highlights the many hurdles he had to overcome to fully answer his calling. The conference begins with his childhood and teen years, when school was his biggest challenge.
with Yan Imbault
Through the anecdotes of an eccentric traveler, Yan Imbault sheds light on the new challenges that our youth will have to face. He helps us in understanding the stakes, and in finding solutions in our daily life and identifying our allies.
Play is Essential
with John Shibley
Play is a crucial element of human life. In this presentation, John explores how we currently value play and all of its benefits. Spoiler: it’s not enough! We are challenged to re-frame how we perceive play and encouraged to let it into our daily life.
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To contribute to the well-being of marginalized populations and strengthen solidarity between communities, through humanitarian and social artistic practices.
Right to Dignity – Right to Childhood – Cooperation – Creativity – Inclusiveness
- Democratize the practices of the humanitarian clown, the therapeutic clown and the social circus.
- Strengthen the social fabric and solidarity within the community.
- Break through isolation and combat emotional distress.
- Offer inclusive and fun spaces.
Allergic to competition, we encourage collaboration with other organizations and initiatives. We are convinced that this is the best way to ensure that our projects bring about real and lasting changes over time.
By taking a partnered approach with other initiatives already mobilized for the cause, and which have developed expertise complementary to ours, we avoid diluting forces and thus maximize resources (financial, human, etc.). We actively work to ensure that our projects have a long-term impact and are continued by people from the communities we work with.