European Volunteer Opportunities at Galway Community Circus

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Are you between 18 and 30 years old?

Have you experience or interest in social work, education, sport or circus and/or project management and coordination, administration, costumes or graphic design?

Are you keen to work and learn in a Youth Circus?

…then this is the experience is for you!

Galway Community Circus is searching for four motivated young people that, in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps/European Voluntary Service, dream to be part of a team and contribute to exciting projects while learning new skills.

The ESC/EVS project in Galway Community Circus will last 11 months from 9th September 2019 to 10th August 2020. The experience will conclude with the organisation and participation of the Wires Crossed festival that will see 400 people of all backgrounds including artists and trainers, crossing the Claddagh River as part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture!

Please send your CV and motivation letter to or by the 31st March 2019 h23.59/11.59pm Irish time. Both documents must be present for consideration. Interviews will be organised for the second week of April, and the selected four candidates will receive a confirmation by the end of April.

…what are you waiting for?


PS. Please download our EVS Information Pack below for more information.


Cirque Du Gaillimh

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A Big Top is coming to Galway,

and inside a story shall be told,

a contemporary, non-traditional tradition

is now 250 years old.


Galway Community Circus is at the heart and is the beating pulse of circus in Galway. Providing an inspiring and welcoming environment, the circus plays its part in bringing arts and youth development to the people and families of Galway and beyond. A home from home for many, this circus has influences, people and partners from all over the world.

Now we want to share this evolving art form with you - as this year, with thanks to the Arts Council Young Ensemble Scheme and our partners Tumble Circus, Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe and Galway Theatre Festival, we are excited and proud to present:

‘Cirque du Gaillimh - The greatest show in the West!’

Performed by 12-20 year old Galway Community Circus members with musical accompaniment from Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimh Youth Orchestra, this show is very special to everyone involved, as well as the world of circus in general. Next year will mark the 250th anniversary of modern circus and these young performers prove that the life and soul of circus is still very much alive and is pumping through the veins off the youth in Galway. Cirque du Gaillimh is here in time to begin celebrating this important date in circus history.

Watch jugglers, acrobats, stilt walkers, clowns and aerialists take to the stage alongside very talented young musicians as they discover the history of circus and take you on a journey with them. Enjoy popcorn and candy floss as you feast your eyes on a diverse array of delights and talents in this non-traditional, modern day circus performance.

Recommended by the Galway Theatre Festival, Cirque du Gaillimh is coming to the South Park, Claddagh on 22-23 April. Performed three times over the two days, this ambitious and memorable family friendly show will portray a spectacular array of talent and display that is not to be missed. For more information please visit

 ‘Cirque du Gaillimh - The greatest show in the West!’

 April 22nd 7pm

 April 23rd 2.30pm and 7pm

 Big Top, South Park, Claddagh

 Tickets available online:

 Price: €12 - €15 (+booking fee)



Scratch Night January 2017

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We celebrated our very first Scratch Night and it was a flying success!!


At the end of January, Galway Community Circus opened it's doors, and welcomed the audience in to witness the first Scratch Night of 2017.

Seven acts of extreme talent and entertainment took to a minimalist stage and performed a variety of acts from juggling, hula hooping and uni-cycling to performances with a more, existential note ,such as;

'Which came first, the chicken or the egg?', and a breathtaking dance performance by Lauren and Julian which questioned stereotypical gender-roles and reversed common thought.

All in all, a very inspiring group of acts showcasing the great ability within this circus community and a taster of talent for the year to come.

Galway Community Circus will be holding Scratch night as a monthly event, on the last Saturday of each month, so be sure to pencil it in :) See you February 25th!

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