Although our weekly classes were on a break over the summer the circus was still very busy between summer camps, outreach and an international exchange.
From the 15th to the 19th of August we held a Family Circus summer camp in conjunction with Down Syndrome Ireland Galway branch. The camp was made possible thanks to the funding and support of the SAP volunteer Project 2016. From the 8th to the 12th of August we held a summer camp for members of Foróige Galway which continued on our long-term partnership with Foróige and we had a lovely group of enthusiastic young people to spend the week with.
In July, Galway Community Circus hosted a Youth Exchange with Youth Circus organisations from across Europe. Participants from Belgium, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland were met by their hosts at Galway Community Circus for a week of circus workshops along with lots of other fun activities. During the week the young people created a circus show which was performed at the Spanish Arch to a huge crowd who braved the rain. It was a brilliant week and we look forward to seeing all our new friends again.
Our big-top tent was busy this summer travelling all over Ireland. Our tent crew were part of the City Spectacular in Dublin and Cork; the ‘Farming and Country Life 1916’ festival in Athenry and the Loughrea Medieval Festival in August! On the 3rd of August we were at a special event to mark humanitarian legacy of Roger Casement who died in 1916 in Baldonnel, Dublin and on the 30th of August we were back in Dublin, this time at the Phoenix Park for the official opening of the Commemorative Tree Avenue. President Michael D. Higgins even joined us in the tent!