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.


Easter Camps

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The Circus will take a two-week break over Easter holidays but not to worry. We will organise camps in three different groups over the second week of Easter for our members, people on the waiting list and members of the public. Camps will run over three days between Tue 22 - Thu 24 April.

Flea Circus Easter Camp 10am-11.30am, 5-7 years, €30 / 3 days

Junior Circus Easter Camp 12-2pm, 8-11years, €30 / 3 days

Aerial Easter Camp 4-6pm, 8-14 years, €40 / 3 days

In the Flea and Junior Circus camps students will get to learn a variety of circus skills from trapeze to juggling to unicycling. This is a perfect camp for people on the waiting list to see what our youth circus classes are all about. In the Aerial Camp we will concentrate on aerial skills of trapeze, rope, hoop, cocoon and fabric and of course have loads of fun while doing it!

Limited availability, pre-booking essential. Contact for bookings and further info


Youth Circus Exchange in Belgium

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This July Galway Community Circus is taking part in the Caravan Circus Network Youth Exchange in Brussels on Sunday 6th to Monday 14th July.

We will bring a group of four young people from Tweenies and Moustachios (12-14yrs) with two of our leaders (Amelie & Lisa). Other participants come from Spain, Germany, Russia, Finland, Czech Republic and Belgium.

During the exchange the participants will meet with youth circus members from other countries, train circus together and perform at festival of circus schools P'tit Cirq'en Palc. This is a fantastic chance to meet other like-minded young people and to perform with them abroad.

The exchange is funded by the EU Programme Erasmus+


May Adult Aerial Course

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Just because you’re a grown-up doesn’t mean you don’t want to fly!


Tuesday 11.15-1.15pm

From 13th of May to 10th of June

Fee 5 weeks course new price for 2 hours: 65euros

To book: galwaycircus.bookings@

Thursday 7.30-9.30pm

From 15th of May to the 12th of June

Fee 5 weeks course new price for 2 hours: 65Euros

To book: galwaycircus.bookings@


London Youth Festival

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We are delighted to announce that we've been invited to bring our show Circopolis to the London International Youth Circus Festival this July. Some of our older members from our classes will be taking part in the Festival were they will be performing extracts from Circopolis show. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for our members to learn from the other youth circuses involved in the festival as well as showcase their talents to a wider, international audience. The festival will take place on the 6th – 13th of July and will have youth circuses from the UK, The USA and across Europe. The performances will take place in a variety of different venues in London including the Roundhouse and Jackson's Lane Theatre. It’s going to be a blast. More information to follow.

Circopolis and Circopolin Children

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For this year’s Black Box Theatre show we are trying something new. We want all our members to have their time to shine and express their skills and expertise for a live audience. With this is mind we are going to stage two, *YES TWO*, full scale stage shows. Circopolis will star the Tweenies, Moustachios, seniors and Performance Troupe members while Circopolín Children will star our Junior and Flea groups. The older members will help to choreograph and stage-manage Circopolín Children, giving them invaluable experience of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into staging a circus show.  The younger and older members will all get to see each other’s shows free of charge so even though it will be two separate shows this year it is still one big Galway Community Circus event and one big circus family. The project is funded through the Arts Council Young Ensemble Scheme and we are very lucky to be supported by them and very lucky to get to work with Fidget Feet again.

Master Classes with Tumble Circus

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We are very excited to announce that the wonderful Tumble Circus will be joining us for a a master class! Tumble Circus will be braving the wilds of the West to come down and give our adult members and friends and opportunity to brush up on their aerial acro and learn from leaders in the artform. Tumble pride themselves on putting on shows that are an absurd jaunt into the soul of man, alive with the endless possibility of the human body, the joy of performing, and the humanity of success and failure. Their mantra is "Ordinary people, doing extraordinary things!" They have toured the world and we are really excited to have them joining us!

Tumble Circus Master Class April 25-27

Adult Aerial Acrobatics - Improvers 2-5pm open to people with previous experience Cost €80 / 3 days (discount for GCC members) limited availability pre-booking essential. Contact for bookings and further info

Tumble Circus Master Class April 25-27

Adult Partner Acrobatics - all levels 10am-1pm Cost €45 / 3 days (discount for GCC members) limited availability pre-booking essential. Contact for bookings and further info


Summer Circus Master Classes

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On Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th June we have a real treat in store for you with a week of workshops and master classes with Ken Fanning from Tumble Circus (IRL/UK) and Bianca Mackail from 3 is a Crowd (AUSTRALIA). Bianca and Ken will teach 4 days of intensive workshops in doubles trapeze, aerial hoop, aerial rope, partner acrobatics, tumbling and hula-hoop. This is a rare opportunity to learn from some of the best in business. Limited places available so book soon to make sure you won’t miss out on this one!

These workshops are open to adults and young people from 12yrs up. We have limited availability in all the workshops and pre-booking is essential. Contact for bookings and further info

20% discount if you book three or more courses by 15th June.

Partner Acrobatics & Tumbling (Ken & Bianca) 4 days Mon-Thu 10am-12pm Cost €60, open level

Doubles Trapeze, Improvers (Ken & Bianca) 4 days Mon-Thu 12.30 - 2.30pm Cost €80, open to people with previous experience

Aerial Hoop (Bianca) 4 days Mon-Thu 3.30-5pm Cost €60, open level

Aerial Rope, Improvers (Ken) 4 days Mon-Thu 3.30-5pm Cost €60, open to people with previous experience

Hula-hoop Tuesday 24 June 5.30-7pm (Bianca) For one day only Bianca will teach us hula-hoop Aussie style! So don’t think about it just join in! Hoops provided Cost €10, open level

3 is a Crowd is a new ensemble of seasoned circus artists Bianca Mackail, Casey Wood & Rockie Stone. Their premier show "Fright or Flight" won 'Best Circus and Physical Theatre Award' at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2013.

Tumble Circus have toured extensively throughout Ireland, Europe and Australia. Winner of Adelaide Fringe Festival Award 2012.


Beginner Hula Hoop Course May 2014

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Starting on May 1st we are very pleased to be holding a beginner Hula Hoop Course with the ever lovely Lauren Trainor. In the course you will learn an assortment of hula hoop tricks as well as getting a fun workout. Hula hooping has become a popular way to stay fit and have fun with celebrity fans such as Beyonce and Michelle Obama. So shake off your inhibitions and join us Thursday evenings for a twist.

Please note this course is for ages 14 and over

Beginner Hula Hoop Course

Starting May 1st

7:30pm to 9:30pm

€40 for 5 weeks or €10 drop in

Limited availability, pre-booking essential.

Contact galwaycircus.bookings@ for bookings and further info


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C/o St Joseph's Community Centre,
Ashe Road, Shantalla, Galway
+353 85 111 7224
Charity number 17420
Company registration number 453185