The National Circus Festival in Tralee

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The National Circus festival is one of the most exciting, emerging festivals in Ireland. The festival has lit up Tralee every November in an explosion of theatre, clown, aerial, fun, laughter, skill and absurdity.

The Tralee Circus Festival began in 2001 as a juggling convention.  It was a way for the diverse strands of a contemporary circus culture to meet, share ideas, fun and create an Irish expression for this exciting artform.  Over the years the Tralee Circus Festival has evolved to be Ireland’s annual contemporary circus festival.

At the heart of the festival is Circus Siamsa, a public variety show, held in Siamsa Tíre Theatre, is the national showcase for contemporary urban circus and features top national and international performers handpicked and hosted by The Fanzini Brothers. This year’s highlight is a crane performance 40m up in the air by respected Irish aerial dance company Fidget feet. Other highlights include new material from world champions and festival favorites Lords of Strut, Barcelona-based MuMusic bring us their wonderful music and circus show “Merci Bien,” and world-class juggling from Sweden’s Patrik Elmnert. ”Circus Sideshow,” a bespoke festival club, a weekend programme of circus arts workshops for children organised by the Galway Community Circus (that's us!!) and master-classes from visiting artists

There will also be an ISACS (IRISH STREET ARTS, CIRCUS AND SPECTACLE) BRAINSTORM on Friday 15th November at Siamsa Tire, Tralee. There will be a panel of Interesting speakers, (John Towsen, Audrey Keane, & Martina Canty) lively discussion and lots of opportunities for ‘Brainstorming’! All GCC members are welcome so please do come along

It’s going to be a wonderful weekend!

Celebrate the New Year in Rome, Frascati & London

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Albert & Friends Instant Circus is offering another amazing opportunity for members of the UKYCN & National Youth Circus Forum to join in parades in Rome, Frascati AND  London to celebrate the end of an historical 30th Anniversary year and to welcome in the New Year with the first event of 2014. Aaron Johnson took part in the event last year and described it as "an amazing experience"
 If you are aged 16-25 years, have lots of stilt walking or uni-cycling experience (plus other skills such as juggling, pois and hula hoop), can commit to the project dates from 27th December  2013 to 1st January 2014, then email  by Monday 18th November expressing your interest and including your name, age, youth circus group/individual, experience and why you would like to be part of this fantastic project.  

Stephen's Philosophy Talks

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Galway Community Circus' resident philosopher, Stephen Cadwell, has written a philosophical article inspired by his time with Galway Community Circus. His article "Measuring Happiness: Eudemonia and Youth Circus" analyses the positive emotional effect the activities of a youth circus has on its members.

This article will be presented at conferences in Galway, Cambridge and Tampere (Finland) over the coming weeks. The first presentation will be in the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on Tuesday 19th of November at 4pm. The second will be in Moore Institute Seminar room of NUI Galway on Thursday 28th of November at 5pm.

The last presentation will take place at the "Culture has an Impact" conference in the University of Tampere, Finland on Friday December 13th. If you would like to know more, or attend the presentation in Galway (or in Cambridge or Finland!) please email Stephen at and he will forward you on the details.


The European Youth Circus Gathering

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The European Youth Circus Gathering is an opportunity for young people involved in youth circus to come together to train, perform and exchange ideas. The Gathering is being organised by Galway Community Circus with funding from the EU's Youth in Action programme. It will be made up of two components, firstly the National Youth Circus Forum, a meeting and training session for youth circus members and secondly, a live cabaret performance for the people of Galway. The aim of the NYCF meeting in Galway is to bring youth circus members from around the world to train and perform together in a nurturing and exciting environment. The forum will bring together young people from across Europe, the UK and the Republic of Ireland to create a network that will feed the work of the youth circuses internationally.
It will help to strengthen and inform youth circus by giving young people a voice in the decision making process. The skills gained will be invaluable for the young people involved, giving them the knowledge and experience to become leaders within the sector. The forum will focus on empowering the young people involved with the skills and mind-set to influence decision making and become active citizens at a local and national level. On Saturday night, the forum members will have an opportunity to perform alongside their peers, local Galway performers, Irish comedians and musicians in Stand Up for the Circus Comedy Cabaret. The collaboration between the art forms and the exciting variety of performances will ensure the night will be a fun-filled feast for the senses appealing to fans of circus, stand-up, music and performance art in equal parts.

Aerial Conditioning bootcamp

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Christmas, it’s a time to loosen the belt, relax and have some lovely foody fun. But then January sneaks up and reminds you of all the things you should be doing. Well this year, don’t let January catch you on the hop.

Be fit, strong and ready to fly head-on into the new year with Galway Community Circus’s Aerial Conditioning Boot camp!

On the 16th, 23rd, and 30th of January from 7.30 to 9.30pm our head trainer, Jessica O’Connor, will help you burn off the mince pies and get into the shape you want to be in for fighting through the last days of winter. The cost of the 3 week bootcamp is €30. Please email Gwen at e-mail booking to put your name down for a place (and then enjoy your dinner knowing it’ll be sorted out later!!)


Hula-Hoop Weekend

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Great news! The sensational Su Nami will be joining us in Galway to lead a weekend of hula hoop training. The weekend will be a two-day workshop for adults covering primarily footwork and isolations. Saturday will cover isolations and isolation theory.

Sunday will cover footwork and backwards rolls. Each workshop will be three hours long allowing plenty of time to explore isolations and foot work and practice nailing the techniques. Beginners are welcome but experience with a hoop would certainly be an advantage.

The workshop will take place on Saturday and Sunday the 18th and 19th of January 2014.The full weekend of training will cost only €35 and if you want to come for a single day that is available for €20. Booking is essential so please email Gwen at e-mail booking to put your name down for a place. It will be magnificent!


Stand up for the Circus

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Stand Up for the Circus is a comedy cabaret featuring the finest circus performers, comedians and musicians taking place on Saturday November 23rd in the Townhouse Bar. Galway Community Circus is staging this cabaret as part of the European Youth Circus Gathering, which will run from November 22nd to 24th. Stand Up for the Circus will begin at 8pm on Saturday November 23rd. Tickets will be €7/€5, available on the door of The Townhouse Bar.

We would like to invite anyone and everyone to come to the Townhouse bar on Quay Lane, Spanish Parade to see jugglers, stand-ups, local Galway musicians, hula-hoopers, tight rope walkers, acrobats, improvisers and much much more…

Fleas and Juniors Christmas Special

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For the week of the 9th to the 13th the flea circus classes (Mon 4-5, Tues/Wed/Thurs 3-4) will be throwing open the doors of the circus hall and inviting parents to come in and have some festive fun.

This will be a great chance for you to see the great effort our youngest members put into learning their circus skills (and how hard they really are!) and how much fun the flea class is. There will be a short performance by the flea classes to finish each session and allow the parents to have a well-earned sit down! Juniors! Never fear, your classes will be special too! For the week of the 9th to the 13th we invite all parents and siblings of the Junior classes to join us for some festive fun of games, circus skills and end of term performance by the Junior Circus. The Juniors will perform their Christmas show for the final thirty minutes of each class. So the week of the 9th to the 13th, there’ll be some extra special fun to round of 2013.


Out of Luck

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Very superstitious, writing’s on the wall” these words, written by the legendary Stevie Wonder can be applied to many situation, but I believe he wrote them thinking about Galway Community Circus’ new Christmas show! 'OUT OF LUCK' will take place outside the City Museum at Spanish Arch in the centre of Galway city.

The show will kick off at 7pm and feature new performances from the Tweenies, Moustachios, seniors and Performance Troopers. Given that this is an outdoor show, our members are taking it as an opportunity to explore the space, make site specific choices and perform without the rigging and set-up of our circus hall or the Black Box theatre. It’s going to be a magical night of thrills and mystery, but as its outside make sure to wrap up well before hand!


Friday 13th December 7pm

Galway City Museum, Spanish Arch

Free of charge


St. Patrick's day Parade

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The 111th St Patrick’s Day Parade in Galway city will take place on Monday March 17th and this year’s theme is the ‘The Sea.’ This year we will join in the Parade with our Stilt-walking and Unicycle Clubs to give these groups a chance to perform while the rest of the Circus is getting ready for Circopolis and Circopolin Children.

This year’s parade will start at 11.30am, 17th March 2014 on Lower Dominick Street (Monroes Pub) the parade will then move up Dominick Street over O'Briens Bridge up Shop Street and on to Eyre Square the parade will finish at Galway County Council Buildings.


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