Acrobatics workshop with Henrik Gard

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On Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of November Galway Community Circus will be hosting an acrobatic workshop with Henrik Gard. Henrik is a Swedish acrobat who has been living in Ireland for the past 3 years. 
During the two days of workshops Henrik and the participants will explore acrobatics with a focus on partner acrobatics but handstands, tumbling and flexibility will also be covered. No previous experience in acrobatics is necessary to attend the workshops. 

Henrik arrived sailing his boat, and headed for the south of Europe but was caught by a growing circus scene in Ireland. Since moving to Ireland he has been training circus full time and performing in major national and international festivals such as Spraoi,Out there UK and La Rue est à Amiens, France. In 2015 he was chosen for ISACS New Emerging Street Talents programme and later that year he created a sailing circus show entitled “Way of the Coconut” which premiered at the Dublin Fringe festival. This year he has been working with Irish circus companies Fanzini productions and Tumble Circus.

Saturday the 5th: 2-6pm
Sunday the 6th: 9am-1pm
Cost: €40 for both days; €30 for one day
Ages: 12-20 years

For bookings please click here.
**Please note that bookings are not complete until the workshop fee is paid. Payments can only be made via PayPal.


Aerial Hoop Workshops with Fidget Feet

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On Saturday the 5th November Fidget Feet Aerial Dance will back at Galway Community Circus to give an aerial hoop workshop for both adults and young people! This workshop is ideal for beginners and for those wishing to develop their aerial skills. 

Fidget Feet was founded in 2004 by choreographer/aerial dancer Chantal McCormick from Donegal and musician/media artist Jym Daly from Cork. When Circus became a recognised Art form and was funded by The Arts Council Of Ireland in 2007, Fidget Feet became Ireland’s first contemporary aerial circus company to receive annual funding and have thus become one of the leading aerial dance theatre companies in the Ireland.

Saturday November 5th
9-11am for adults (16years+ and adults)
11.30am-1.30pm young people aged 8-15years
Cost: €20 pp
For 16+workshop bookings click here, and for 8-15 years bookings click here
**Please note that bookings are not complete until the workshop fee is paid. Payments can only be made via PayPal.



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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


Galway Youth Circus Exchange

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Galway Community Circus is delighted to announce that we will be hosting a European Youth Circus Exchange for young people from six European circus schools this summer! The exchange will take place from the 11th to the 19th of July and it is the first youth circus exchange to take place in Galway.

Those taking part in the exchange will travel from Belgium, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland to join five GCC youth circus members for a week of circus workshops and training along with cultural exchange, outings in Galway city and county along with lots of other fun activities! Some of the activities planned include a trip to Connemara, a treasure hunt around the city and a day in Salthill. The workshops will be lead each day by the circus leaders and the young people who will have an active part in running the exchange. During the week the group will create a big European circus show to be performed at the Spanish Arch on Sunday the 17th of July. 

In mid-May an Advanced Planning Meeting for the leaders of the groups was held in Galway which was a lovely chance for all the leaders to meet each other and finalise the schedule for the week.

This exchange will be a great opportunity for the participants to meet other young people from across Europe and to learn about different cultures and to make circus friends for life - we can't wait!

This exchange is funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme and we would like to thank them and the Irish national agency Leargas for supporting this exchange, it would not be possible without them!


Registration for 2016-17 Term

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Registration for our current members will open online during the week of the 18th to the 24th of July. We will send all current members an email and a text message with full details about registration at the beginning of July. Our current members have priority registration, once the allocated time period for this registration has passed, the registration will open to those on our waiting lists.

If your child is due to move up an age group or wishes to swap his/ her class please contact by the beginning of July.

Our Autumn term will run from the 19th of September to the 18th of December and will observe the mid-term break. Our Spring term will run from the 16th of January 2017 to the 10th of June and will observe the February mid-term break and the Easter holidays.

Due to a decrease in funding this year we've had to increase our fees by €10 per term making our term fees for 5-7 year olds: €110 for the Autumn term; €130 for the Spring term or  €220 for the full year. The fees for 8-20 year olds will be €130 for the Autumn term; €170 for the Spring term or €270 for the full year. The fees for the Autumn term and the full year can be paid in full at registration or in two instalments - the first half at registration and the second half by the 1st of October.  The fees for the Spring term can be paid in full at registration in December or the first half in December and the second half by the 1st of February.

Registration will be open online through our website and payment can be made by debit or credit card via PayPal. You do not need to have  a PayPal account to complete the registration. If you are not able to complete an online payment please contact the office on 085 1117224 or or come to see us during office hours on registration week.

If you have any questions or problems please contact Gwen, Julie or Ulla in the office.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in September!


Transformation through Circus Arts – A New Narrative for Europe: Brussels, June 29th + 30th

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This June 29th and 30th Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles will host participants coming from 20 different countries as part of a Caravan network seminar – ‘Transformation through Circus Arts – A New Narrative for Europe’. Representatives from Galway Community Circus will be hosting a workshop at the event which aims to highlight the importance of social circus on European values.

Circus Arts have a significant impact on the social, professional and economic transformation of those taking part. Youth and social circus key actors from all around the world will participate in this seminar to share and exchange their expertise and knowledge. Brussels will be at the centre of intensive reflections:  How can circus arts trigger a change in the European society? How can we fight social exclusion, lower school dropouts and unemployment through circus arts?

At this event, Caravan will present the results of the European project CIRCUS+, which aimed to analyse the market needs in order to identify the ideal professional profile in the field of youth and social circus. This project lays down the foundations for the creation of a curriculum for the 1st European degree programme for social and youth circus teachers.

The workshop led by Galway Community Circus will be on Youth and Social Circus Research Methods. This workshop will explore and examine the range of qualitative and quantitative research methods that can be utilised in the youth and social circus fields. The advantages, disadvantages, challenges and opportunities for each method will be analysed from the perspective of real world projects; what might be a great idea in the office might turn out to be terribly difficult once put into practice! Efficiency, rigour and fun will be the principles guiding our discussion and participants will complete the workshop with both a broad knowledge of different research methods and a clear understanding of which method(s) could work for them.

Over the two days there will be several workshops and panel discussions which combined with informal exchanges will provide fantastic networking opportunities for those in the Caravan network to discuss the future of circus in Europe.

Looking forward to seeing our European circus family at the event!


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