St Patrick's Day parade 2016

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Galway Community Circus was represented in St. Patrick's Day parade by some of our members last month. We meandered through the city on stilts, unicycles performing acrobatic stunts and juggling. Well done to all involved, your costumes were fantastic and the enthusiasm never subsided!

And why not check out this amazing video made for us by Meaghan Mckeon-Joyce on the day!

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Theatre Meets Circus at Galway Theatre Festival

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TheatreMeetsCircusPosterWhat do we expect when we step into a theatre?

To be entertained or challenged? To be told a story or to find meaning in the absence of narritave? To be immersed in the experience or to be aware that this is not real life?

Theatre is forever evolving and embracing different art forms - both performative and non-performative, so where do circus arts stand in this space?

The Galway Theatre Festival runs from the 29th of April to the 7th of May and Galway Community Circus are holding a Theatre Meets Circus event in the Mick Lally Theatre as part of the festival on May 7th from 2-6pm. This event will consist of work in progress productions from Galway based circus artists and will be followed by an enlightening discussion on contemporary circus and theatre and the space in which they meet. The works in progress will provide an apt backdrop for an engaging panel discussion on theatre and circus – how they overlap, how they are different, and what possibilities and examples exist of an exciting fusion between the two. This format follows on from our very successful ‘Scratch Nights’ which give those who wish to showcase their 'work-in-progress' pieces the opportunity to do so.

Presenting artists include Réalta Circus and Street Theatre and Maleta plus other guest performers.

The event is free of charge. Donations welcome. To book a place please see


Also featured in this year's Galway Theatre Festival is 'Pick Your Poison' by Macnas Young Ensemble; Gurilla Aerial Show; 'Turf' by the Rowan Tolley Company; 'Green Room' by The Cabinet Company; 'Dreams Under the Roof' by Magikloko Theatre Company.


See you there!



Life Skills Through Circus

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untitled-0329The Galway Community Circus are linking up with St. Joseph's Special School to devise an innovative Circus Skills course for 15-18 yr old students. Ten senior students from St. Joseph’s Special School will participate in a ten week course designed to build social interaction, enhance self esteem and challenge physical development through a variety of exciting, fun activities. The students will work on five key areas over the ten weeks: balance, manipulation, acrobatics, aerial skills and performance skills. They are very excited and are already planning an end of course performance to show what they are learning!

The course will be assessed and evaluated by St. Joseph's School staff and Galway Community Circus tutors and any necessary additions or changes will be implemented. Ten new St. Joseph's students will participate in a follow up course starting in October. After this the Life Skills Through Circus course will be ready to roll out to other school across the country.

We would like to extend a huge thanks to Phobal who are the funders behind this project without whom it would not be possible.


Registration Information for 2016-17 term

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Registration for our current members will open online during the week of the 18th to the 24th of July. We will send all current members an email and a text message with full details about registration at the beginning of July. Our current members have priority registration, once the allocated time period for this registration has passed, the registration will open to those on our waiting lists.

If your child is due to move up an age group or wishes to swap his/ her class please contact by the beginning of July.

Our Autumn term will run from the 19th of September to the 18th of December and will observe the mid-term break making it a 12 week term. Our Spring term will run from the 16th of January 2017 to the 10th of June and will observe the February mid-term break and the Easter holidays making it a 19 week term.

Due to a decrease in funding this year we've had to increase our fees by €10 per term making our term fees for 5-7 year olds: €110 for the Autumn term; €130 for the Spring term or  €220 for the full year. The fees for 8-20 year olds will be €130 for the Autumn term; €170 for the Spring term or €270 for the full year. These fees can be paid in full at registration or in two instalments - the first half at registration and the second half by the 1st of October.

Registration will be open online through our website and payment can be made by debit or credit card via PayPal. You do not need to have  a PayPal account to complete the registration. If you are not able to complete an online payment please contact the office on 085 1117224 or or come to see us during office hours on registration week.

If you have any questions or problems please contact Gwen, Julie or Ulla in the office.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in September!


Well done and thank you!!

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CirComics was a huge success, with two spectacular performances by our young people and a packed theatre full of lovely supportive audience members. We are so happy and proud!

We couldn't have done it without the support from the Arts Council Ireland Young Ensemble scheme, and all the hard work by our amazing team of crew and volunteers.

A huge thank you to the tutors from Galway Community Circus and Fidget Feet Aerial Dance; Suzon, Lee, Kat and Aisling, our dramaturge Lali, music director Jym, counter weightier Naomhan, and Niamh and her backstage team. Special thankyou to Tara, Susanna, Birgit, Betty and other volunteers for the massive amount of work that went into creating the beautiful costumes, Michelle and her team for the striking make-up, Lauren and her team for the funky hair, to the CE scheme at St Joseph’s for making our props and to our brilliant foyer team who organised the fundraising and met everyone with a smile as they entered the Black Box.

A big thank you to Kenny & Julia from Wonderfullife Productions and Darachphotography, Karl and Baja for documenting the weekend and to the Mayor of Galway City Frank Fahy and Galway City Arts Officer James Harrold for their welcome words. And of course, a ginormous thank you and love to the fantastic GCC admin team, Gwen, Julie, Becca and Robert for all their hard work.

Thank you to all the businesses who sponsored our raffle; Bádóirí an Cladaig, Roisin Dubh, Rouge Restaurant, Baboro International Arts Festival for Children, TGO Falafel Bar, Galway City Karting, The Chili Shack, Charlie Byrne's Bookshop,, Stepping Up Dance Arts, The Secret Garden Galway, Dungeons and Donuts Galway and to Galway City Council and RTE Supporting the Arts for their support with the project.

A humongous thank you goes to all the parents and guardians for all their support and help. A big massive thanks and well done to all the performers for being the most amazing group of young people to work with. You are everything that circus is at its best; passionate, artistic, skilful, fun, generous, open-minded and supportive of each other. We are so proud of each and every one of you.


Galway Community Circus presents... CirComics

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The ruffle of capes; the elaborate disguises; the power of flight and host of astounding super powers... Comic books have entertained and amazed us for years and now you can watch the colour and drama be lifted from the pages and transformed into a MARVELous circus show where Wonder Woman meets Astro Boy in Sin City.

Galway Community Circus is proud to present our 2016 Black Box Theatre show CirComics on Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd of April. Mentored by Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, Galway Community Circus young ensemble will bring comic books to life in this original story told through a breath-taking display of aerial dance, acrobatic stunts and circus arts.

The show is created and performed by 50 Galway Community Circus members aged twelve to twenty years. For the past six weeks they have been working with top professional circus artists, musicians, dramaturge Lali Morris, light designer, make-up artist and costume designer to bring their original ideas to the stage while learning about different aspects of production.

Galway Community Circus has collaborated with Fidget Feet for the past seven years to produce an annual large scale show in the Black Box Theatre. CirComics will be the final collaboration of this type between the two companies for the foreseeable future. “This show is a testament to the brilliant creativity of our members and a celebration of the years with Fidget Feet. We’ve had so much fun at the rehearsals and the show is promising to literally blow off the roof of the Black Box!” says Galway Community Circus Director Ulla Hokkanen.


This show is funded by the Arts Council Young Ensemble Scheme and Galway City Council and supported by RTÉ Supporting the Arts.


CirComics by Galway Community Circus

The Black Box Theatre, Galway

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd of April at 7.30pm

Prices: €12/€8 conc.

Tickets available: or 091-569777


For more information please see contact us on 085-1117224


National Youth Circus Event London 2016

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From the 19th to the 21st of February, a group of 5 young people from Galway Community Circus accompanied by Suzon and Baja travelled to London to take part in the National Youth Circus Event 2016. This event was an opportunity for youth circuses from across the UK and Ireland to come together and share skills and to meet new people.

The participants got the opportunity to expand their knowledge of circus along with growing their network of circus friends while having lots of fun! The participants got to enjoy a show on Saturday night put on by Silver Linings, a professional circus company in Jacksons Lane Theatre.

They took part in workshops for various skills including aerial and juggling

Some of the thoughts from the participants afterwards were:

“I had such a fun time learning new different things!”

“Really fun on the flying trapeze!”

“The trip was really interesting and there was much to do and it was a lot of fun.”

We cannot wait to see the participants using their new found skills here at GCC!


Tutor training in Finland

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IMG-20160218-WA0015Two of our tutors, Lauren and Aoife, are just back from Tampere in Finland where they were taking take part in CTF in Action training. This was the second session of the Caravan Network’s Social Circus Training for Trainers and was hosted by Sorin Sirkus from the 15th to the 19th of February.

CTF in Action is the result of a 5-year European research project on social circus called “Circus Trans Formation”. This social circus training programme lasts 20 days and focuses on 5 modules: social context, act of teaching, management/steering of teaching, circus techniques & creativity and foundations. This was the second in a series of four sessions for circus trainers and the Caravan members’ participants came from 10 different European countries for the session in Finland. The focus of this session was the “Act of Teaching”, the participants were taught specific competences based on the Circus Trans Formation Guidebook.

We asked Lauren how the trip to Finland was - ‘It's cold but our hearts are warm with the love of circus. Here are Aoife and Lauren, full of smiles with Sorin Sirkus director Taina Kopra!

For further information on the project and upcoming training please see:


Circus + Paris meeting

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CIRCUS+ Research project’s Steering Committee meeting took place in Bagneux (Paris) in February and our circus director Ulla travelled to take part. “Circus+” is a European research project on Youth and Social Circus Pedagogy financially supported by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme and it is taking place from September 2014 to September 2016. After analysing the European market and identifying the most needed professional profile in the field of social and youth circus, the partners managed to agree on the competences linked to this profession during the Steering Committee meeting which took place from the 2nd to the 4th of February in Bagneux. This is a crucial step towards the creation of the 1st European degree programme for social and youth circus teachers.

For more information on the project please see: or


Family Circus workshops for Baboro's Small Size Days

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The arts are not a matter of age but of curiosity…

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children presents Small Size Day 2016 on Sunday the 31st of January. Small Size Day is a European wide initiative to celebrate creativity for Early Years. This year Baboró are pleased to present two unique experiences for young children at St. Joseph’s Community Centre, Shantalla, Galway. Baboró are pleased to collaborate with Galway Community Circus and Jay Ryan at PigNut Productions to deliver this event.

If we ran the circus

‘If We Ran the Circus” (Galway Community Circus) | Ages 1 - 6. Single ticket €5 / Family Ticket (4 persons) €16. Duration: 60mins.

A fun-filled circus based movement and skills workshop for 1-6 year olds and their families. The workshop will introduce children to different circus skills and circus characters, encourage family bonding and bring participants on an interactive journey where they can become a clown, a juggler or even a trapeze artist! This is an activity for children and adults to enjoy together so wear comfortable clothes and bring water. Fun and laughter guaranteed!


‘The Trouble with Fairies’ | (Pignut Productions) | Ages 3 – 6 | Single ticket €3 / Family Ticket (4 persons) €8. Duration: 30mins.

You never know where you might find fairies or what kind of mischief they might get up to. Join Jay Ryan on a daring adventure for 3-6 year olds and their families.

Ticket Holders can also avail of a Children’s Story Corner where you can enjoy discovering circus stories with your little ones in a comfortable space. Complimentary Tea/Coffee will be provided for grown-ups and small snacks for children.

‘Small Size Days’ are presented by (Artistic International Association) Small Size, and are a part of the wider activity of the ‘Small Size, performing arts for early years’ project. Baboró is a member of this project since 2009 and is the only Irish partner in this 16-country, 18 partner project. ‘Small Size , performing arts for early years’ is supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe project, which supports artistic productions for children aged 0 to 6, and the cultural rights of young children to access the Creative Arts.

Galway Community is delighted to work with Baboró for this event.

Venue: St Joseph’s Community Centre, Shantalla, Galway

Date: Sunday January 31st


Times: Open: 10am-5pm

If We Ran the Circus | 10am, 11.20am, 12.40pm, 2.40pm, 4pm

The Trouble with Fairies | 10.15am, 11.30am, 1pm, 1.50pm, 3pm

Combination ticket for both shows: €6 per person or €20 for a family ticket.

Limited Capacity, book early to avoid disappointment.

Box Office: Town Hall Theatre, Galway on 091 569777 or book online at or


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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