Haunting scenes in Galway as Macnas celebrates Samhain Featured

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Galway Community Circus is over the Lumo to have been part of this year's annual Macnas parade, 'Out of the Wild Sky' welcoming Samhain in the true Irish tradition of outdoor spectacle, drawing excited crowds to the streets of Galway and Dublin in their thousands as featured on RTE news! Thank you to the Arts Council of Ireland Macnas and Bram Stoker Festival, our partners and funders and to every one who worked so hard on this project from performers to riggers, and ushers to volunteers -  be very proud of the beautiful spectacle you all created together.

Amidst the magic of this theatrical spectacle, we were so proud of our very own GCC performers - two stilt walker ensembles featuring our team Gwen, Amelie, Benoit and our senior members Caoimhe, Sigrid, Darragh and Iseult led by Aidan Phelan. Our former member Freddy, who recently graduated with a B.A in Circus arts from Codarts in Rotterdam opened the parade soaring above the beating drums on an amazing creation made by our Tony of Wires Crossed. Not to mention many of our incredibly talented senior circus members dazzling the crowd by foot.

Photos by Sarah Cinardo and Julia Dunin

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Below is a piece in the Irish Times by Lorna Siggins to capture the magic of this year's terrific spectacle.

"Lightning struck and demonic drums banished blues across Galway city on Sunday night as a winged prophet was pursued by an illuminated mannequin named Lumo.

Amid sulphurous smoke, bubbles, leaves and fire, otherworldly creatures, giant elders, buxom ladies and non-binary figures wove a tale of wisdom, innocence, dreams and love for the fifth annual Macnas Halloween parade.

“And we all need lots of love at the moment,” Macnas artistic director Noeline Kavanagh had said beforehand, acknowledging her global theme had some national resonance.

Word had it that President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, might make it over to join an estimated 50,000 spectators, many of whom dressed up for the occasion on the dry, cold night that was in it.

It was not to be, but had a Government jet landed in the centre of Shop Street, it could not have competed with the spectacle. The celebration of Samhain – named Out of the Wild Sky – set out on an extended new route from NUI Galway to the Claddagh basin.

The design was by Orla Clogher and Dave Young, with costumes by Saileóg O’Halloran and sound by Alma Kelleher. The Macnas artistic ensemble was joined by members of Galway Community Circus to make up a cast of 300.

Guest of honour was Labour mayor Niall McNelis, and he was accompanied by several city councillors. One or two recalled president-elect Michael D Higgins’s victorious trip back west seven years ago in what was described as “Galway’s Obama moment”.

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