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Culture Night 2017

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We had so much fun during our open outdoor wire walking workshops on Friday Sept 22nd as part of the Galway Culture Night programme 2017. 77 people experienced the magic of wire walking at our open outdoor wire walking workshops at Galway Community Circus, Shantalla. A massive thank you to all our tutors, EVS and everyone who participated and experienced the magic of wire walking leading up to our Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Project Wires Crossed. 

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Children and Young Peoples Creative and Cultural Hub

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In September, we heard fantastic news! Galway City Council have announced plans to take on Lenaboy Castle and develop it as a Children and Young Peoples Creative and Cultural Hub to "support, nurture, and encourage the creation of cultural and artistic work with and for children and young people which is envisioned for three core tenants; Galway Community Circus, Babóro and Branar. We will keep you posted on what this could mean for us in the future but for now we are happily based in Shantalla.

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Welcome new team members!

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We would like to extend a big warm welcome to our 2 new staff members in our administration team Áine Kilgallon- Development & Marketing Manager and Barbora Adolfova - Project Coordinator, our 3 new tutors Ellie Davis, Isabela Mello and Eve Everard and our 3 new EVS volunteers Gabor Csaba Marton, Thomas Sergeant and Armengol Miranda Trujillo. Supported by Erasmus+, the EVS scheme enables us to become the host organisation for 3 European volunteers every year who help us in our classes and other activities.

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Circus Transformation in Action -Alex & Davi’s Update

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Each year we team up with our European partners from the Caravan Network to deliver training for trainers courses in youth and social circus. This year our tutors Alex and Davi had a chance to take part in a 20-day training run in four countries. This is what they had to say about the experience:

Over the past year myself and Davi had the opportunity to take part in Erasmus+ project; Circus Transformation. The project took us to Social/Youth Circus Schools in 4 different cities; Belfast, Tampere, Brussels, and Paris. 20 participants attended the course from Ireland, Palestine, France, Guadalupe, Brazil, South Korea, USA, Belgium, Spain, Finland, Czech Republic and Germany and Morocco.

We spent one week in each school; where together we would investigate, share and focus on a particular topic, sharing our individual understanding and vision of social and youth circus. Through discussions, presentations, games and play we immersed ourselves into several topics and themes, such as: The act of teaching; which looked at our roles as teachers within our organisations and our society to Circus and creativity; which allowed us to share our understanding of what is creativity and how we can encourage playful and creative thinking within our classes.

What made this programme so rich and interesting was the presence of 20 Circus professionals including Galway Community Circus trainers from almost every corner of the world with such different cultures. So, our understanding, methods and visions of what Social Circus is; was as diverse as the attendees.

It was here in the many 'passionate debates' and philosophical discussions that we experienced and soaked up the most valuable insights and views on what social circus is and what it has the power to be, whether it is to develop fundamental human and social skills and tools, or whether it is to create and give opportunity to struggling or under-privileged youth, or to simply provide a space to pursue our passion; social circus is not as simple and straightforward a concept as one would have expected.

Over the past year myself and Davi have dived into this iceberg that is social circus. Circus Transformation has given us the knowledge and tools necessary to continue to sculpt and carve our understanding, vision and the power of social circus and what this world can offer.

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Paris Youth Exchange

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In July four of our youth circus members travelled to Le Plus Small Circus Du Monde in Paris for a 7-day youth exchange! We were delighted to be part of this project which saw young people from France, Ireland, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Italy and Belgium come together to explore urban circus. They created an intercultural dialogue by using the tools of circus arts, dance and free running. The Irish team were Mairead, Frank, Amy, Caoimhe and Moni and they had the best time. Huge thanks to the organisers. Here is a quote from one of the delighted Irish participants;

"It's been almost two weeks since we've come back from the lovely adventure of the Paris youth exchange 'Move through circus'.We got the chance to practice and perform in the beautiful space at the Plus Petite Cirque du Monde, saw an amazing show by Cie La Bascule, meet people from 5 other countries and danced like nobody was watching (even though, I'm pretty sure everyone was watching). Thank you Mairead, Frank, Amy and Caoimhe for being awesome at representing Galway Community Circus! As one participant put it: 'It was so much fun. I would get off this plane and go back and do it again." So, would we!

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Cirque Du Gaillimh - Sell Out Success

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Galway Community Circus celebrated ‘Cirque du Gaillimh, the Greatest Show in the West’ under a beautiful Big Top in South Park, Claddagh last weekend and what a huge success it was. We are delighted that the show was a sellout success and our biggest and most ambitious production to date. All three of our shows presented to a full house of enthusiastic and excited audience members and we couldn’t be happier with how each show went. Our performers dazzled and shone bright amidst gasps and cheers of absolute delight as they majestically entertained, defied gravity and proved that circus is still very much alive as it approaches its 250th anniversary.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters, for without their amazing support, ‘Cirque du Gaillimh’ simply would not have been possible. Firstly, we would like to say a massive thank you to our funding bodies; The Arts Council Young Ensemble Scheme, Erasmus+, Galway City Council, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, The Ireland Funds and the IPB Community Scheme.

We would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the local businesses of Galway, who so kindly and generously donated towards our raffle; Sheridans, Vodafone, Mez Masquerade, Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Beauty Lounge, House of Portobello, DC Shop, Francis’ Soap Shop, Willow, McCambridges, Sub City, G Tattoos, Le Petit Delice, Chilli Shack, Branar, Baboro, Claddagh Boatmen, Tiger, Galway Crafts and Collectables, Ernies, Judy Greenes, Galway Bay Tattoo, Kembali, My Shop Granny Likes it, Dungeon Donuts, The Kitchen and TGO Falafel.

We really are blown away with the local support for this project. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Claddagh Resident’s Association, Billy Cameron, Pearse Doherty, Arcana and St Joseph’s Community Centre.

Thank you to our partners, Tumble Circus and Maoin Ceoil na Gaillimhe for making ‘Cirque du Gaillimh’ the sellout success it was, your hard work is much appreciated. Thank you to the Galway Theatre Festival for having us featured in your fantastic programme, we are proud and honoured to have been part of such a great festival.

Here at GCC we are very lucky to have such a hard-working team, who have all been working non-stop to make ‘Cirque du Gaillimh’ the reality our young people envisioned. Thank you so much to each and every one of you. A special mention to Ciara for the amazing costumes and Claire for the PR and Marketing help.

Last but most definitely not least we would like to thank each of the young circus artists and musicians. We are so proud of you for putting in such hard work and dedication and for caring and supporting each other. So a big well done and thank you to each and every one of our performers, you should all be very proud.

To put on such a Big Top production, there is so much dedication on behalf of all involved so Galway Community Circus would like to sincerely thank all of the above and everyone who came along to see our show, everyone who shared the news and to every parent of all of the performers. You all played a very important role in making ‘Cirque du Gaillimh’, the greatest show in the West.

 Thank you.

Galway Community Circus

 

 

 

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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 www.galwaycommunitycircus.com

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

 April 22nd 7pm

 April 23rd 2.30pm and 7pm

 Big Top, South Park, Claddagh

 www.galwaycommunitycircus.com

 Tickets available online: goo.gl/kNrSGA

 Price: €12 - €15 (+booking fee)

 

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Cirque Du Gaillimh

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Galway Community Circus is delighted to announce that this year we will be partnering with Tumble circus to create ‘Cirque du Gaillimh’, - ‘The Greatest Show in the West!’ as part of this year’s Galway Theatre Festival.

Come and surround yourself in this circus extravaganza with musical accompaniment from the Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe, Galway School of Music Orchestra.

Join us on this magical journey through the history of circus in our incredible Big Top tent, as you escape from the everyday reality and immerse yourself in the exciting world of modern day, contemporary circus. Soak up the atmosphere, indulge in a different type of life and simply enjoy – as acrobats, jugglers, clowns and trapeze artists take to the stage.

This show is not to be missed and guarantees to entertain you and the whole family. It is supported by the Arts Council Young Ensemble Scheme.

We will have three shows in total over the two days:

April 22nd at 7pm
April 23rd at 2.30pm and 7pm

Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/cirque-du-gaillimh-tickets-32295703318?ref=estw

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We're Hiring: Development and Marketing Manager

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 Job Title:                         Development and Marketing Manager

Responsible to:                Executive Creative Director

The role of Development and Marketing Manager is a new role in the company and an opportunity for the position holder to contribute to the development of youth and social circus in Ireland and internationally.

 

Terms & Conditions

Salary:               €36,200 per annum pro rata

Post:                   This is a part-time role (30 hrs per week)

Hours:                 Standard hours are Monday to Friday. This post requires flexibility and availability to work daytime, evenings or weekends occasionally

Location:             Working from Galway Community Circus offices, c/o St Joseph’s Community Centre, Shantalla, Galway

Probation:            This post is subject to a six-month probationary period

 

How to apply

Please email your CV listing two referees (including phone numbers and email addresses) and cover letter outlining your interest in this role and what skills and experience you would bring to Galway Community Circus.  Please refer directly to the job description and person specification. Receipt of your application will be confirmed by email and your application will be treated with strictest confidence.

Please submit your application by email to:     ulla@galwaycommunitycircus.com

Please mark your email:                                Development and Marketing Manager Application           

The closing date for applications is:                 Thursday 6th April 2017

Interviews will be held:                                   Thursday 13th April 2017

 

About Galway Community Circus

Galway Community Circus is the flagship for youth and social circus education in Ireland and one of Ireland’s leading circus arts and youth arts organisations. Our aim is to advance the artistic, personal and social development of young people and promote social inclusion through circus arts. We are committed to creating an innovative, artistic and imaginative learning experience where all young people can realise their potential.

Our community circus school has 477 members of all ages who attend weekly classes in our training hall in Galway City. We also deliver outreach programmes in partnership with schools, youth and community organisations. Our programmes focus on creativity and performance and we stage several youth arts productions annually from theatre shows to outdoor performances. We are committed to developing youth and social circus practice in Ireland and we run professional development programmes and are involved in key research and development initiatives. We are a member of the European Youth and Social Circus Network ‘Caravan’ and a large part of our work takes place on a European level.

This is an incredibly exciting time to join Galway Community Circus as we are exploring innovative new models of creative engagement, and strive to be at the forefront of developing youth and social circus in Ireland and internationally. We are producing one of the anchor projects of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Programme. Wires Crossed - a Balancing Act for Europe is a large-scale European project promoting mental and physical wellbeing and community integration through the art of funambulism (tightwire). This project gives us an opportunity to create a significant legacy for the young people of Galway, Ireland and Europe.

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic individual to develop, manage and implement Galway Community Circus’  Development and Marketing Strategies and contribute to a thriving organisation with ambitious plans for the years ahead.

 

Main purpose of the post:

The Development and Marketing Manager will lead in the creation and implementation of Galway Community Circus’ fundraising and marketing strategies. As Development and Marketing Manager of Galway Community Circus, you will be a key member of our team. Your job will be strategic, social and will put into practice your strong beliefs about philanthropy and the importance of a strongly linked connection between marketing and fundraising activity. Your work will greatly influence the well-being of the organisation and will be integral in enabling Galway Community Circus to achieve ambitious artistic and community objectives. The role asks for your highest level of entrepreneurialism, discretion, and interpersonal skills.

 

Duties / Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working closely with the Executive Creative Director on the effective delivery of the Galway Community Circus’  artistic vision
  • Lead in the creation and implementation of a fundraising and marketing strategy that reflects Galway Community Circus’  vision, mission and values, delivers the company’s objectives and generates sustainable income to support all aspects of the company’s work
  • Develop and implement an effective and cohesive marketing and audience development plan and appropriate communication strategies
  • Work with colleagues to identify fundraising requirements and opportunities of planned activity, and research and identify grant opportunities in a timely manner to meet these requirements
  • Prepare fundraising proposals to a high professional standard, including monitoring and evaluation reports
  • Develop and manage fundraising events and identify and build corporate relationships and develop bespoke sponsorship opportunities for Galway Community Circus’  programmes
  • Develop and nurture excellent relationships with sponsors, partners and donors to maximise long-term support
  • Work with colleagues across the organisation to ensure effective mechanisms are in place for monitoring and evaluation of funded activity
  • Oversee and manage the preparation, design, production, and distribution of all printed publicity material (leaflets, posters, brochures etc.)
  • Manage press and publicity campaigns, ensuring that information is also provided to all relevant networks, organisations, agencies and bodies, both nationally and internationally
  • Maintain Galway Community Circus’  website (Joomla CMS) and social media platforms and develop and implement all digital marketing campaigns, ensuring the maximum effectiveness of those key marketing tools
  • Continue to develop Galway Community Circus’  profile and branding
  • Manage the allocated budget for all fundraising and marketing activity
  • Maintain a full understanding of data protection requirements and fundraising codes of practice and ensure Galway Community Circus is fully compliant with such requirements
  • Identify and represent the organisation within appropriate networks locally and nationally internationally
  • Maintain a full understanding of Child protection and Health & safety requirements and other relevant legislation and ensure Galway Community Circus is fully compliant with such requirements
  • Actively support and promote Galway Community Circus’  commitment to diversity and equal opportunities in every area of our work
  • Undertake other duties as requested and commensurate with the role

 

Person Specification:

  • Previous fundraising and marketing experience, with a demonstrable track record of success
  • Proven creative and entrepreneurial skills in reaching or exceeding targets
  • Knowledge and proven experience of creating, implementing, and reporting upon strategic and operational development plans
  • Computer literate (MS Office, Joomla) with excellent written and communication skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills, and a proven ability to devise strategic development and project budgets, and to manage, monitor and report on income and expenditure effectively
  • Excellent organisational, planning, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to organise and prioritise a demanding workload and to work effectively with minimum supervision
  • Flexibility and excellent time management skills
  • Leadership ability and the capacity to motivate a team
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and maintaining effective relationships with a wide range of organisations and individuals, including strong networking skills
  • Extensive contacts within, and huge enthusiasm for, the arts and community sector
  • Passion and understanding of the importance of creativity in today’s society, especially the importance of the arts for children and young people
  • Third level qualification in marketing, communications or other relevant fields

 

Galway Community Circus is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, managed by a small professional team and supported by European Volunteer Scheme and a Community Employment Scheme. The post-holder will be responsible to the Executive Creative Director and performance will be monitored quarterly.

 

Galway Community Circus is an equal opportunities employer.

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We're Hiring: Project Coordinator

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 Job Title:                             Project Coordinator

Responsible to:                Executive Creative Director

The role of Project Coordinator is a new role in the company and an opportunity for the position holder to contribute to the development of youth and social circus in Ireland and internationally.

 

Terms & Conditions

Salary:               €23,050 per annum pro rata

Post:                  This is a part-time role (30 hrs per week)

Hours:                Standard hours are Monday to Friday. This post requires flexibility and availability to work daytime, evenings or weekends occasionally

Location:             Working from Galway Community Circus offices, c/o St Joseph’s Community Centre, Shantalla, Galway

Probation:           This post is subject to a six-month probationary period

 

How to apply

Please email your CV listing two referees (including phone numbers and email addresses) and cover letter outlining your interest in this role and what skills and experience you would bring to Galway Community Circus.  Please refer directly to the job description and person specification. Receipt of your application will be confirmed by email and your application will be treated with strictest confidence.

Please submit your application by email to:      ulla@galwaycommunitycircus.com

Please mark your email:                                 Project Coordinator Application

The closing date for applications is:                  Thursday 6th April 2017

Interviews will be held:                                   Wednesday 12th April 2017

 

About Galway Community Circus

Galway Community Circus is the flagship for youth and social circus education in Ireland and one of Ireland’s leading circus arts and youth arts organisations. Our aim is to advance the artistic, personal and social development of young people and promote social inclusion through circus arts. We are committed to creating an innovative, artistic and imaginative learning experience where all young people can realise their potential.

Our community circus school has 477 members of all ages who attend weekly classes in our training hall in Galway City. We also deliver outreach programmes in partnership with schools, youth and community organisations. Our programmes focus on creativity and performance and we stage several youth arts productions annually from theatre shows to outdoor performances. We are committed to developing youth and social circus practice in Ireland and we run professional development programmes and are involved in key research and development initiatives. We are a member of the European Youth and Social Circus Network ‘Caravan’ and a large part of our work takes place on a European level.

This is an incredibly exciting time to join Galway Community Circus as we are exploring innovative new models of creative engagement, and strive to be at the forefront of developing youth and social circus in Ireland and internationally. We are producing one of the anchor projects of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Programme. Wires Crossed - a Balancing Act for Europe is a large-scale European project promoting mental and physical wellbeing and community integration through the art of funambulism (tightwire). This project gives us an opportunity to create a significant legacy for the young people of Galway, Ireland and Europe.

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic individual to coordinate various projects in our annual programme and contribute to a thriving organisation with ambitious plans for the years ahead.

 

Main purpose of the post:

This is a new post, designed to support with the delivery of ambitious and exciting programme of activities by Galway Community Circus. The Project Coordinator will coordinate various Galway Community Circus projects including social circus and school programmes, European Erasmus+ projects and various youth arts projects. She/he will be in charge of the administrative tasks behind these projects including logistics, managing a project budget, event and volunteer management and project monitoring and evaluation. The successful candidate will report to the Executive Creative Director and will work with our team to deliver and manage work of the highest standards.

 

Duties / Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working closely with the Executive Creative Director on the effective delivery of the Galway Community Circus’  artistic vision
  • Coordinate the logistics, staffing, event management, monitoring and evaluation of various projects and events in Galway Community Circus’  calendar including social circus and school programmes, European Erasmus+ projects and various other youth arts projects
  • Recruit and manage free-lance project personnel and volunteers for the agreed projects and events. Ensure volunteers, facilitators and project personnel are briefed and have adequate resources
  • Management of contracts for facilitators, artists and production personnel
  • Develop and nurture excellent relationships with audiences, partners and free-lance artists/facilitators and other project personnel
  • Managing project budgets in liaison with Executive Creative Director and Office and Finance Administrator
  • Develop tailored Outreach Programmes for identified groups and organisations in conjunction with the Galway Community Circus facilitators
  • Be the main Galway Community Circus contact for partner organisations, children, young people, parent and guardians engaged in the agreed projects
  • Work with colleagues across the organisation to ensure effective mechanisms are in place for monitoring and evaluation of our programmes
  • To oversee the monitoring and evaluation framework, ensuring relevant and necessary data is collected and collated
  • To assist with project marketing and promotion where relevant
  • Maintain a full understanding of Child protection and Health & safety requirements and other relevant legislation and ensure Galway Community Circus is fully compliant with such requirements
  • Actively support and promote Galway Community Circus’  commitment to diversity and equal opportunities in every area of our work
  • Undertake other duties as requested and commensurate with the role

 

Person Specification

  • Dynamic team player with a high level of initiative
  • Excellent organisational, planning, communication and interpersonal skills
  • At least three years’ experience of project development in an arts context
  • Demonstrable record of event and project management
  • Creativity and an innovative approach to project development
  • Proven ability to organise and prioritise a demanding workload and to work effectively with minimum supervision
  • Leadership ability and the capacity to motivate a team
  • Experience of project monitoring and evaluation methodology
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and maintaining effective relationships with a wide range of organisations and individuals
  • Computer literate (MS Office) with strong written and communication skills
  • Flexibility and excellent time management skills
  • Extensive contacts within, and huge enthusiasm for, the arts and community sector
  • Passion and understanding of the importance of creativity in today’s society, especially the importance of the arts for children and young people
  • Possess a full clean driving licence and have use of a vehicle (desirable)

 

Galway Community Circus is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, managed by a small professional team and supported by European Volunteer Scheme and a Community Employment Scheme. The post-holder will be responsible to the Executive Creative Director and performance will be monitored quarterly.

 

Galway Community Circus is an equal opportunities employer.

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Contact

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