Call Out-Free Funline Training for Circus Educators




Galway Community Circus are looking for 4 Irish-based circus educators to take part in a 5-day introductory course in teaching ‘FunLine’ – wirewalking with a balancing pole on slacklines and wires. This project brings together 2 existing projects: Educircation (a network of 7 European countries who organise training for social circus trainers) and Wires Crossed (a large scale community project around highwire walking, mental health and wellbeing, produced by Galway Community Circus in partnership with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and the European Funambulism Network).

WHAT IS IT? Participants will learn to practice funline with confidence at heights of 0.5m, 1m and 2m. They will get an introduction to teaching and rigging for funline, and to the possibilities of funambulism as a tool for promoting physical and mental health within the youth and social circus setting. The 5-day introductory course will follow a new, innovative training methodology for ‘Funline’ that has been developed by experts from the European Funambulism Network during previous phases of the Wires Crossed project, supported by funding from the Erasmus+ Programme and Galway 2020. During the training, participants will work alongside other circus tutors from Czech Republic, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, Greece and Ireland.

WHEN IS IT? The training will take place from Monday 24th – Friday 28th June 2019 at Galway Community Circus (located at St Joseph’s Community Centre, Shantalla, Galway). COST The training will be provided free-of-charge thanks to Erasmus+ funding through the Irish National Agency, Léargas. The Irish participants must cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Food will be provided by the project (lunch and dinner). WHO CAN APPLY? The training is open to Irish-based youth and social circus tutors aged between 20 – 35 years. No prior experience in teaching FunLine or funambulism is required.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a motivational letter detailing your interest in the project, previous experience in circus/arts facilitation and what you feel you would bring to the project to by 31st May 2019.

ABOUT WIRES CROSSED Wires Crossed is an international community-based project set to promote physical and mental well-being, safe risk-taking and social inclusion through the art of wire walking, or funambulism. The project will culminate in August 2020 where participants of various ages, walks of life, cultures, nationalities and abilities will participate in a world record spectacle of 400 people crossing the River Corrib and Claddagh Basin on highwires over 2020 minutes, alongside a new four-day international circus festival themed around balance. Wires Crossed is one of the flagship projects of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. For more information, email Becca Clayton (Wires Crossed Producer) on or see We look forward to hearing from you! 


This training is made possible with support from the Erasmus + programme and the Irish National Agency, Leargas. 




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C/o St Joseph's Community Centre,
Ashe Road, Shantalla, Galway
+353 85 111 7224
Charity number 17420
Company registration number 453185