Wires Crossed training is closing for the winter. Workshops and training will resume in April 2019. Watch this space for any pop up training and classes as well as our Facebook page and our Wires Crossed Galway 2020 Facebook page.There is still plenty of time to get involved in this project and we look forward to welcoming you.
Wires Crossed is a project set to highlight the importance of physical and mental health by bringing the dynamic art of funambulism to all corners of Europe. By 2020 we want to train 400 people from all walks of life to cross the Claddagh Basin and River Corrib by tight-wire. We have been holding workshops for youth, adults and families throughout the summer and into autumn, as well as holding open workshops as part of Culture Night. Our trainers who hail from all over Europe recently completed the third leg of their teacher and technical funambulism training, which included building the first six meter high tight-wire tower in Ireland and crossing the Claddagh Basin over two days.
The River Corrib that flows through the heart of Galway city is one of the shortest yet fastest rivers in Europe. To Galwegians, the Corrib embodies the breath-taking beauty and fierce power of nature. It also, tragically, serves as a reminder of the fragile mental health of our young people and can be seen as a representation of our city and county’s high rates of suicide. Wires Crossed has emerged from a strong desire to highlight this crisis and help restore balance within our communities.
Galway Community Circus, in partnership with nine European youth and social circus schools, will train people of all ages and backgrounds to walk the tight-wire. The participants will experience funambulism’s empowering, transformative effect, and together we will cross wires to foster healthier communities as we strive toward a more balanced Europe. This ambitious and inclusive project will culminate in a major funambulism event in Galway in 2020, where 400 funambulists from all around Europe will cross the River Corrib together.
By embracing the vitality that courses through our and other European cities, this project aspires to re-infuse life, hope and courage into landscapes carrying great sadness and beauty. Wires Crossed is set to bring the dynamic art of funambulism (tightrope walking) to all corners of Europe through a partnership with CARAVAN, the European network of youth and social circus schools. Thank you to our funders, the National Irish Agency Léargas and Erasmus+ and is part of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.