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Galway Community Circus presents... CirComics

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The ruffle of capes; the elaborate disguises; the power of flight and host of astounding super powers... Comic books have entertained and amazed us for years and now you can watch the colour and drama be lifted from the pages and transformed into a MARVELous circus show where Wonder Woman meets Astro Boy in Sin City.

Galway Community Circus is proud to present our 2016 Black Box Theatre show CirComics on Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd of April. Mentored by Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, Galway Community Circus young ensemble will bring comic books to life in this original story told through a breath-taking display of aerial dance, acrobatic stunts and circus arts.

The show is created and performed by 50 Galway Community Circus members aged twelve to twenty years. For the past six weeks they have been working with top professional circus artists, musicians, dramaturge Lali Morris, light designer, make-up artist and costume designer to bring their original ideas to the stage while learning about different aspects of production.

Galway Community Circus has collaborated with Fidget Feet for the past seven years to produce an annual large scale show in the Black Box Theatre. CirComics will be the final collaboration of this type between the two companies for the foreseeable future. “This show is a testament to the brilliant creativity of our members and a celebration of the years with Fidget Feet. We’ve had so much fun at the rehearsals and the show is promising to literally blow off the roof of the Black Box!” says Galway Community Circus Director Ulla Hokkanen.


This show is funded by the Arts Council Young Ensemble Scheme and Galway City Council and supported by RTÉ Supporting the Arts.


CirComics by Galway Community Circus

The Black Box Theatre, Galway

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd of April at 7.30pm

Prices: €12/€8 conc.

Tickets available: or 091-569777


For more information please see contact us on 085-1117224


National Youth Circus Event London 2016

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From the 19th to the 21st of February, a group of 5 young people from Galway Community Circus accompanied by Suzon and Baja travelled to London to take part in the National Youth Circus Event 2016. This event was an opportunity for youth circuses from across the UK and Ireland to come together and share skills and to meet new people.

The participants got the opportunity to expand their knowledge of circus along with growing their network of circus friends while having lots of fun! The participants got to enjoy a show on Saturday night put on by Silver Linings, a professional circus company in Jacksons Lane Theatre.

They took part in workshops for various skills including aerial and juggling

Some of the thoughts from the participants afterwards were:

“I had such a fun time learning new different things!”

“Really fun on the flying trapeze!”

“The trip was really interesting and there was much to do and it was a lot of fun.”

We cannot wait to see the participants using their new found skills here at GCC!


Tutor training in Finland

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IMG-20160218-WA0015Two of our tutors, Lauren and Aoife, are just back from Tampere in Finland where they were taking take part in CTF in Action training. This was the second session of the Caravan Network’s Social Circus Training for Trainers and was hosted by Sorin Sirkus from the 15th to the 19th of February.

CTF in Action is the result of a 5-year European research project on social circus called “Circus Trans Formation”. This social circus training programme lasts 20 days and focuses on 5 modules: social context, act of teaching, management/steering of teaching, circus techniques & creativity and foundations. This was the second in a series of four sessions for circus trainers and the Caravan members’ participants came from 10 different European countries for the session in Finland. The focus of this session was the “Act of Teaching”, the participants were taught specific competences based on the Circus Trans Formation Guidebook.

We asked Lauren how the trip to Finland was - ‘It's cold but our hearts are warm with the love of circus. Here are Aoife and Lauren, full of smiles with Sorin Sirkus director Taina Kopra!

For further information on the project and upcoming training please see:


Circus + Paris meeting

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CIRCUS+ Research project’s Steering Committee meeting took place in Bagneux (Paris) in February and our circus director Ulla travelled to take part. “Circus+” is a European research project on Youth and Social Circus Pedagogy financially supported by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme and it is taking place from September 2014 to September 2016. After analysing the European market and identifying the most needed professional profile in the field of social and youth circus, the partners managed to agree on the competences linked to this profession during the Steering Committee meeting which took place from the 2nd to the 4th of February in Bagneux. This is a crucial step towards the creation of the 1st European degree programme for social and youth circus teachers.

For more information on the project please see: or

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