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American Circus Educators Conference

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From the 6th to the 10th of October our circus director Ulla was in San Francisco attending the biennial American Circus Educators Conference. The conference brought circus educators from the US and further afield together for five full days of workshops led by top international practitioners in areas such as circus pedagogy and management, circus techniques, artistic approaches and safety. It was hosted by Circus Center in collaboration with AcroSports. In total 200 attendees representing 100 different organizations took part in over 130 workshops and witnessed 3 inspirational keynotes over the 5 days.

Whilst attending, Ulla gave a seminar on ‘Circus+ - European Research on Youth and Social Circus Pedagogy’, a CARAVAN research project which Galway Community Circus was involved with for two years, from 2014 - 2016. This was a wonderful opportunity for the work going on in Europe to be shared with the wider community. 

As the Irish circus sector is growing, the insight gained by Ulla at this conference will benefit current and future artistic initiatives involving children and young people in Ireland. This growing sector has many exciting opportunities ahead and it is instrumental that we learn from international examples to ensure that the sector continues to grow with high artistic quality, creativity, safety, innovation and accessibility at its core. Big thank you to the Arts Council of Ireland for supporting this opportunity.

 

If you wish to find out more about the American Circus Educators Association please see www.americancircuseducators.org and www.americanyouthcircus.org

If you wish to find out more about the American Circus Educators Association please see www.americancircuseducators.org and www.americanyouthcircus.org

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GCC, Down Syndrome Ireland and SAP volunteer programme partnership

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During the upcoming Autumn mid-term break, Galway Community Circus and Down Syndrome Ireland Galway branch are running a workshop entitled ‘Joy of Code’ with thanks to SAP volunteers project. SAP have provided DSI Galway with a grant for Galway Community Circus ​to facilitate this workshop open to their teenage members.

This workshop is building on the existing relationship between the three organisations which began in the summer of 2015 with a Family Circus summer camp for members of the Galway branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. Following its success another summer camp ran this year and we plan on continuing this partnership for future collaborations.

During the workshop participants will be introduced to the Scratch Junior programme through circus arts and be involved in the creation of a circus themed Scratch Junior animated stories, interactive games and whatever else they imagine. The week will be about having fun, making friends, learning and being creative! The goal of the workshop is to provide a welcoming and safe space for the participants to learn about circus and Scratch Junior, to make friends, build confidence and have fun in a creative environment.

 

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Give Me Five - Circus for Inclusion

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Last week seven of our older members and tutors travelled to Gran Canaria for the Give Me Five project - Circus for Inclusion. This was the fifth year of the project which was funded by Erasmus+ and organised by Mojo de Caña, which led to decision of the name, 'Give Me Five'.

The project was centred around the 35 participants who travelled from Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain, and over the week they devised workshops for families and local schools, participated in intercultural exchange and a parade along with many games and rehearsals which culminated to a show at the end of the week. The show consisted of all things circus, from clowning and juggling to aerial!

One of the Irish participants had this to say about the experience:"I learned so much about other cultures, communication (through the language of laughter and circus), acceptance, love, growth and lots more. I laughed so much during the week and made so many new friends. I hope to meet you again in the future. It was deadly!!!"  

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Cirque du Gaillimh

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We are delighted to announce that the young people (12-20 years) of Galway Community Circus will be once again creating and performing a large-scale show thanks to the Arts Council Young Ensemble Scheme in Spring 2017.

Cirque du Gaillimh will be funded by the Young Ensemble Scheme and the concept for the show was decided by our 12-20 year old members in the Spring of 2016. As always, we will be doing something super exciting, and while we will no longer be working with Fidget Feet on this project we are delighted to announce that we will be working with Tumble Circus, a Belfast-based contemporary circus company along with the Galway School of Music. The show will be based on the history and roots of circus arts and will be performed in a Big Top tent with a live orchestra! The young people participating in this project will be the ones to shape the show - from brainstorming to physical workshops to ideas for costumes and everything in between.

All those enrolled in our Tweenies and Senior groups are invited to take part in this project and participation is completely voluntary. Rehearsals will take place between the 20th - 25th of February and the 8th - 23rd of April.

So get out your 2017 diaries and mark in the 22nd and 23rd of April for Cirque du Gaillimh - the best show in town and not to be missed!

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Kamchatka 'Migrar' Workshop

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Catalan-based and internationally renowned street theatre company Kamchatka bring their workshop Migrar to Ireland in association with the National Circus festival of Ireland. It has been described as “a wake up call’ for conscience by swipes of fine humour, as storytellers without words, without adornment, as subtle, profound and lasting happiness donors.”

This workshop will take place in 4 centres around Ireland including one in Galway on the 15th-18th of November from 10am-4pm each day and has been specially tweaked for the first time for street, circus and spectacle professionals; however prior knowledge of street theatre is not essential. 

Migrar is more than a workshop, it is a journey. It is a collective experience where theatre is conceived as a societal ritual meant for discovering and reinventing oneself, of re-encountering ones own story, similar to the dynamics in our ever changing society. The workshop offers an opportunity of working with a collective, sharing living experiences and feeling as an immigrant through games.

If you wish to book a space for this creative and trans-formative workshop place contact us at info@galwaycommunitycircus.com. 

This workshop is free of charge thanks to the NCFI and an Arts Council Project Award.

For information on the other venues around the country please contact:
Cork Circus Factory: circusfactorycork@gmail.com
Belfast Community Circus: +44 28 9023 6007
Dublin Circus Project: info@dublincircusproject.com

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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.

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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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EVS

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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!

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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!

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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.

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