CliniClowns, Netherlands



Bonjour, grüezi, allegra and buon giorno to Geneva, Switzerland

Registrations are open for September 23 - 25, 2019:
Annual efhco Meeting & Artistic Workshops


Our efhco General Assembly meeting in Geneva, Switzerland from 23 – 25 September 2019 is coming closer, and our Swiss hosts Hôpiclowns team developed an interesting program.

Three Working Groups for Managers, Artistic Directors and Researchers will discuss and exchange current matters and developments within Healthcare Clowning. A Keynote will be given by Prof. Dr. Jean-Ph. Assal, Geneva on ‘Theatre with patients, a fabulous remedy’.
Q&A sessions and Come-together will leave room for your meet-up and exchange on group and personal levels.

We have some places left for you!
Just send an email to and ask for our Geneva 2019 program. The detailed Annual Assembly agenda will follow in advance in September 2019.


We found two great, well-known experienced trainers for Wednesday morning 25 September 2019.
Hélene Gustin and Lory Leshin want to share their knowledge, skills and practical expertise.
Both are outstanding, long-time members of the Le Rire Medecin, France and Hélène also on board of Hôpiclowns Genève. A workshop fee will be invoiced.

If interested, please ask for details and register BEFORE 15 July 2019

You need a bed in Geneva?
We have a special rate agreement with IBIS budget Genève Petit-Lancy:  Well connected to the airport, central train station and our meeting venues. Please let us know by July 15, 2019, if you want to make use of this offer.  Thank you!

Enjoy your summer and looking forward in meeting you all in September with a Geneva smile ....



Welcome & Herzlich Willkommen
to our new Associate member

Stiftung HUMOR HILFT HEILEN from Germany


efhco is growing – we are welcoming in Spring 2019 our most recent addition to our European Federation:

The Foundation (Stiftung) Humor Hilft Heilen was established in 2008 by Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen, a well-known personality in Germany, who, after studying and practicing medicine himself, traded in his doctor coat to be a medical cabaret artist on stage and TV.

By combining his medical knowledge with the power of humor and comedy, Hirschhausen identified three main goals for this organization:

Funding healthcare clowning – in 2019 HHH engages 40+ clowns visiting children’s hospitals, palliative facilities and nursing homes in more than 25 locations across Germany.  The clown visits vary between twice a week and monthly.

Conducting workshops for medical staff throughout Germany employing a workshop concept created and brought to HHH by Michael Christensen.

Projecting and supporting scientific studies which deal with the effects of clinic clowning and humor.

Fundraisers Xchange  in Paris on April 8+9, 2019

16 efhco's members and other European Healthcare Clown organisations from 12 EU Countries shared in-depth knowledge and their experiences in professional fundraising for Healthcare Clowning. A splendid variety in activities from Finland, Norway to Czech Republic (see picture), Italy or Mallorca ....




Greetings from our Finnish efhco member Sairaalaklovnit. 

Kinda small, but nevertheless a nationwide organization & right now growing and super busy all the time. A nice little video of an R&D project in 2018

This great project by the Ministry of Education and Culture enabled a new type of study and impact assessment of hospital clowns, encourages the role of artistic and cultural activities in health and social services, well-established in many wards across Finland. Hospital clowns and the HUS children’s Hospital, Helsinki joined the Ministry’s project to measure the actual impact of the clowns’ work on the smoothness of procedures and the experiences of the young patients.
Kiitos, Suomi


Happy Birthday dear Cliniclowns Belgium

25 years of bringing smiles into now 40 hospitals and institutions!



                                                 Vítejte, Welcome to Prague!


This year’s efhco’s Annual Meeting was held in September 2018 in the Czech capital city of Prague, organized and hosted by our Czech member, Zdravotni Klaun.

The chairwoman, Monica Culen, welcomed as guest’s two additional healthcare organizations to the meeting, from Germany and Italy, both interested in a possible efhco membership in the future.


Besides tackling the ongoing legal necessities of our European Federation (minutes, finances, memberships) all attendees devoted time on the exchange topic ‘What’s the state of our institution?’ and on the further development of efhco goals. 

Paulien Trapman, the efhco coordinator since 2011, was organizing her last meeting for efhco and would be leaving efhco at the end of September. Paulien received an outstanding Thank You from all members for her excellent job, her never-ending support and to her efforts in growing the federation and its member organizations.

The next day the attendees had the opportunity to acquire new skills or to test the waters in a workshop on aerial acrobatics, ground acrobatics, juggling of all kinds, rola-bola, rope walking or unicycle – offered by the local circus CIRQUEON.

We are looking forward meeting again next September in Switzerland.