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Roll up! Cirque du Gaillimh promises a circus spectacle

Wednesday, 12th April, 2017 1:00am

Young people from the Galway Community Circus and Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe are performing a circus and live music spectacle ‘Cirque du Gaillimh’ under a Big Top tent in South Park on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April. This event will celebrate 250 years of circus right here in Galway, Europe’s Capital of Culture 2020.

Galway Community Circus is at the heart of circus life in Galway. Providing a welcoming and inspiring environment, the circus plays its part in bringing arts and youth development to the people and families in Galway and beyond.

Galway Community Circus is the flagship of youth and social circus in Ireland with over 450 members in weekly community circus school classes, outreach programmes for schools and youth and community groups and numerous international exchanges, training and research projects with youth circus organisations from all over Europe. A home from home for many, the circus has influenced 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!” say organisers.

Watch jugglers, acrobats, stilt walkers, clowns and aerialists take to the stage alongside the talented Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimh 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.

These young performers, all aged between 12 and 20, prove that the life and soul of circus is still very much alive and is pumping through the veins of the youth in Galway.

Recommended by the Galway Theatre Festival, Cirque du Gaillimh is coming to the South Park, Claddagh. Join them for this ambitious production showcasing a spectacular array of talent. This is a family friendly show and is on three times over two days; Saturday 22 April at 7pm and Sunday 23 April at 2pm and 7pm.

For more information see www.galwaycommunity

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