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!