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Galway Community Circus is looking for an EVS volunteer to come join the admin team for the months of March – June 2018. Start ideally on 5th March but later date can be discussed if needed.


Galway Community Circus is a charitable organisation dedicated to inspiring and empowering people of all ages and abilities through circus arts. We use the fun and innovative nature of circus as an educational tool for personal, artistic, social and community development.

Galway Community Circus is a pioneer of youth circus in Ireland, committed to the advancement of circus arts through the creation of exciting and enriching opportunities for young people, emerging circus artists and professionals to engage in training, creation and performance on an ongoing basis. Through its ground-breaking programmes and high quality productions, Galway Community Circus has proven itself to be a cradle of artistic excellence and educational innovation in Ireland.

At Galway Community Circus we work towards realising our mission by providing a welcoming and professional space where all members of the community, young people and adults alike, can learn, develop and share a diverse array of circus arts skills. We do this by providing a comprehensive range of weekly classes, specialised workshops and outreach programmes throughout the year.


We are looking for an enthusiastic person who would like to get experience in project coordination and arts administration in a well established youth circus organisation in the beautiful city of Galway on the West coast of Ireland.

We will be preparing events leading to a major funambulism event Wires Crossed, an anchor project of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture as well as regular projects of GCC such as classes, social circus projects, teacher trainings and outdoor events for children and families.

We would love having an EVS volunteer with passion for youth and social circus who is not afraid of admin work. Other fields of interest could be photography, video, graphic design, event management etc. A good level of spoken and written English is essential for the position as there will be a lot of written work.

To apply email a CV and letter of motivation to

Funded by Léargas "Enriching Lives Opening Minds"




New Year, why not join us for one of our classes!

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New Year, why not join us for one of our classes!

There are still some places left in a few of our programmes for the upcoming spring term!

  • Toddler Class (1-4yrs) -Monday - 9 weeks - €45 starting January 15th
  • Toddler Class (1-4yrs) - Thursday - 9 weeks - €45 starting January 18th
  • Family Circus - 8 weeks - minimum of 2 people must register - €28 per person, starting January 20th
  • Youth Aerial - Spring term 18 weeks - €170 - 3-4.30pm and 5-6.30pm, starting January 20th
  • Adult Aerial - 9 weeks - Thursdays 7-9pm - €144, starting January 18th
  • Adult Aerial - 8 weeks - Saturdays 9-11am - €128, starting January 20th

For more information or to register, please contact us please contact us by email or call 085 1117 224.


Ready, Steady… Circus!

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Check out this fantastic video made by our very talented EVS Gabor of Ready, Steady… Circus!  programme that we delivered to 5 DEIS schools from the local and wider Galway area. This was all made possible thanks to the Engage and Educate Award from Social Innovation Fund Ireland and Mason Hayes and Curran. It was such a joy to work with these schools and we look forward to bringing Ready, Steady… Circus! to more schools in 2018.




Circus Goes Urban!

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Check out this fantastic video made by Heavyman Films of our recent Circus Goes Urban! Creative lab! In October, Circus goes Urban brought together street artists, Finbar 247 and Shane O'Malley, with circus artists Davi Hora and Alex Allison from Maletta company, parkour specialist Jack English and beatboxer Thomas Sergeant. Over five days young people got the chance to explore circus, parkour, beatboxing and street art in this creative Lab, culminating in a 2-day street art workshop during which the youth participants used the moves they had learnt to compose a fluid piece of art on the walls of our Circus Training Space in Galway Community Circus. We would like to thank the Arts Council of Ireland for their support for this project.


Crossing the Claddagh Basin November 4th 2017

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Check out this fantastic video made by Earthbound Films of Galway Community Circus along with our Wires Crossed Galway 2020 circus school collaborators from across Europe crossing the Claddagh Basin in Galway on Saturday November 4th2017 as training for Wires Crossed Galway 2020! 

Wires Crossed is a four-year European project on circus arts and well-being, focusing on funambulism (tightwire walking with balancing pole) with ten circus school partners from across Europe. One of the anchor projects of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, produced by Galway Community Circus, which aims to train some 400 people in the art of funambulism (wire walking) over the next four years.

Wires Crossed aims to highlight the importance of physical and mental health by bringing this dynamic art form to all corners of Europe. The first year of the project 2017 focuses on Erasmus+ funded partnership between Ecole de Cirque du Bruxelles (Brussels), Cabuwazi (Berlin) and Galway Community Circus through which we ran the first European 3-week training for trainer’s course, bringing together 12 trainers from Ireland, Belgium and Germany. Training opportunities were hosted by each partner organisations, culminating in the crossing of a 40m wide and 10m high canal in Brussels in September and the crossing of the Claddagh Pool in Galway in November. More news on this project to follow. Wires Crossed will culminate in a major funambulism event in Galway 2020 where participants from all over Europe will cross the River Corrib on wires together. The individual participants will get to experience funambulism’s empowering and transformative effect as we cross wires to foster healthier communities and a more balanced Europe. We would like to thank Léargas and Erasmus+ for their support on this project. 

To follow the project please look us up on Facebook at www.facebook/wcrossed


The Nightmare Before Circus

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We are super excited about this show! Christmas can't come early enough for us at Galway Community Circus!

The Nightmare Before Circus

On Sunday December 10th, the Tweenies and Senior members of Galway Community Circus will perform their Winter Cabaret. We invite you to join us as they present two shows - one starring our 12-14 year olds and another with our 15-20 year olds.
Our teenage members have been working hard developing their circus skills this term and have created this feast of entertainment for everyone to enjoy - we cannot wait to see what they have produced!

There will be a bake sale and other fundraising events on the day with all proceeds going towards the purchasing of new circus equipment for Galway Community Circus. If you have the time to make something for the bake sale, it would be hugely appreciated!

Tweenies show: 2.30-3.30pm
Seniors show: 5-6pm
Entrance: €5 for adults and €3 for children/ OAP
(Children under 2 years go free)

We hope to see you there!


The Irish Youth Circus Focus

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We were delighted to host the 'Irish Youth Circus Focus' at this year’s Share Forum - Circus – Past, Present and Future & Irish Youth Circus Focus this November at the National Circus Festival 2017 in Tralee. We also ran some funambulism (tight wire walking) workshops as part of our Wires Crossed Galway 2020 project while we down there.

It was so great to see our youth circus sector friends from around the country where we discussed developing this exciting art form and bringing it to more young people across the country. During the session, we heard about what’s going on in different youth circus groups around the country and brainstormed on how we could support each other better in the future. Exciting times ahead!

The “Irish Youth Circus Focus” was hosted by Galway Community Circus in association with Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network, National Circus Festival of Ireland and funded by the Arts Council Ireland.


ABCirk Supertutors!

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Last year, we had the first meeting in Galway Community Circus with our circus partners from the Czech Republic – Cirqueon and Cirkus LeGrando who came to Galway to plan two years of joint circus training for junior leaders from the three-circus schools. We picked five motivated young people from each organisation, planned three training sessions teaching them about the methodology of various circus disciplines, safety, group dynamics, basics of psychology, use of games in teaching and also video making and editing. We wanted to create a new generation of circus Supertutors. We knew the young people we picked were good but they showed us at the first training session that they were far better than just good! The week we spent together in Galway in May 2017 was amazing and everyone was so motivated and enthusiastic! All the young people are now using their newly learnt skills in the classes they assist in and have gained more experience over the summer. We met again in Prague, Czech Republic at the beginning of November and continued learning, sharing and having fun. Check out how much fun it was in the video. We can’t wait to meet again in June 2018 in Brno at a youth circus festival Freš Manéž!



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Digital Communications Officer (Volunteer)

Reporting to: Development & Marketing Manager

The role of Digital Communications Officer is a volunteer 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: Unpaid voluntary internship/work experience position.

Post: This is a part-time role (15-20 hrs per week)

Location: Working remotely with weekly update meetings at Galway Community Circus offices, c/o St Joseph’s Community Centre, Shantalla, Galway

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 email your application to

Please mark your email: Digital Communications Officer Application           

The closing date for applications:  Thursday 7th December 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 manage and implement Galway Community Circus’ Digital Communications Strategy and contribute to a thriving organisation with ambitious plans for the years ahead.

Role purpose:

To create engaging and relevant digital content for the organisation and analyse success of this content according to performance indicators. The digital communications officer will also monitor social media channels and respond to day-to-day queries, and use this experience to identify new opportunities in digital outreach. They will contribute to the creation and implementation of a digital strategy.

Key responsibilities:

Social media 

  • Run social media platform on a day to day basis, responding to queries as necessary
  • Develop and optimise digital and social media outputs, including text, images, video and audio to reach wide-ranging target audiences, including as part of larger campaigns which require coordination with other teams in the organisation
  • Increase the organisation’s visibility among potential clients
  • Protect and enhance the organisation’s public reputation when speaking on its behalf
  • Spot trends and advise on best social media content and new technologies


  • Review online content, making sure it meets users’ needs, is up to date, and is search engine optimised
  • Catalogue new images and copy
  • Create relationships with external websites like bloggers to increase site traffic
  • Engage current and potential clients via email newsletter
  • Listen to the feedback and needs of internal and external stakeholders
  • Provide quality control support e.g. proof-reading, editing and making sure all content is on brand


  • Manage technical aspects of the website
  • Use analytic tools to report on social media and web performance

 What you will gain from the experience:

  • You will gain invaluable insight and experience in the Irish Arts Sector
  • You will cultivate friendships & professional relationships and build invaluable networks for the future
  • You will learn all aspects of Digital Communications
  • You will have access to a large number of circus performances, events and shows

Galway Community Circus is an equal opportunities employer


Annual Report 2016

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Check out our annual report 2016 and view all the work and project highlights for the year.

Thank you to all the photographers including Photography by Julia Dunin, Reg Gordon and Gill Christie.

If you would like to download a copy of our Annual Report 2016, please click the attachment below.


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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