Items filtered by date: September 2016 - Galway Community Circus


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We are delighted to announce that we received funding from the Erasmus+ programme to host three young circus artists for the coming 2016/17 term. Moni is joining us from Organizatic EIVA in Romania, Marie from Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles in Belgium and Julian from Le Plus Petite Cirque du Monde in France for 11-month European Volunteer Service project.

We are really looking forward to working them while sad to say goodbye to Baja and Becca, our fabulous EVS volunteers who have been a huge part of our team for the past year.

Our new EVS tutors are looking forward to sharing their skills through tutoring our Youth Circus, Family Circus and aerial classes. Julien specialises in handstands, tightwire and juggling; Moni in clubs, contact juggling and acrobatics; and Marie in diabolo and acrobatics and Nico in unicycle and in acrobatics as a base. They are looking forward to learning how a community circus works and engaging in work with those living with a disability and their families.

We hope they get the most out of their time here in Galway!


Summer Catch-up

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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!


Circus + European Seminar: Transformation Through Circus Arts – A New Narrative for Europe

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The Circus+ seminar ‘Transformation through Circus Arts - a new narrative for Europe’ took place on the 29th - 30th of June 2016 in Brussels. Circus+ is a European research project which took place between September 2014 and September 2016 between 6 circus organisations, 2 universities (Finland and Ireland), 1 school of higher education and Caravan. This major event was supported by the Erasmus+ programme, the Representation of the European Commission in Belgium, the Federation Wallonia-Brussels and the Brussels-Capital Region, has highlighted the importance of social circus on today and future European values. Its aim was to:

Analyse the educational offered in youth and social circus in each partner country and analyse the needs of this sector with an aim to create a European framework of competences laying down the foundations for a long term European training programme meeting the needs and opportunities offered by the European labour market.

The result of the project was presented in July 2016 in Belgium during the final European seminar.


Culture Night 2016 with GCC

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Culture Night is landing in Galway on Friday the 16th of September for an evening of all things arts and culture!

Galway Community Circus are hosting a Circus Wellness Morning from 2-5pm at St. Joseph’s Community Centre where we are going to encourage all grown-ups to release their inner child and have fun!


Autumn term 2016

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The Summer is over, schools have started back, there is a slight nip in the air and the leaves are slowly turning amber… so it can only mean one thing…. The Autumn term at Galway Community Circus is here!

On Monday the 19th of September our new term will be starting consisting of 6 days a week full of classes for all ages.

We will break for a week at midterm (31st Oct - 6th Nov) and term will end on the 17th of December for the Winter break.

There are still spaces in the Monday and Thursday Toddler classes along with Tuesday morning Adult Aerial - please click here for information and online bookings.

For further information or to enquire about our classes please contact

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