Renovation and Extension at the CNAC

Since its creation, the Centre national des arts du cirque has been based in the historic circus, made available by the City of Châlons-en-Champagne under an emphyteutic lease.

In July 2006, the State (Ministry of Culture) acquired the property complex (land + existing buildings, i.e., 21,500 M²) from the Coopérative Agricole Marnaise, with a view to extending the CNAC's facilities.

The work carried out in several phases between 2006 and 2015 has made it possible to:
- on the one hand, renovate the historic circus (late 20th century),
- on the other hand, build new facilities on the "La Marnaise" site.
The latter are intended for circus training with a so-called "grand volant" air space (height 13.50 m) and various practical and theoretical training areas. They also include the administrative premises of the technical services and studies, 13 guest rooms for artists and speakers, spaces dedicated to research and innovation, construction workshops and storage facilities.

Here is the detailed information on the CNAC renovation-extension plan (2005/2015) (in french) CNAC renovation-extension plan (2005/2015) ( 93 Ko)

Development plan 2021/2022

In 2020, the CNAC takes up the call for tenders of the State's Energy efficiency renovation recovery plan, with a project to set up an additional training facility dedicated to technical training in an existing hangar on the "La Marnaise" site.
As part of this project, selected for the national recovery plan, the CNAC is launching in 2021 a new phase in the development of its premises with delivery scheduled for the end of 2022.