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Wires Crossed takes its first steps

Wires Crossed takes its first steps

Wires Crossed: A Balancing act for Europe is an anchor project of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, produced by ISACS member 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 both physical and mental health by bringing this dynamic art form to all corners of Europe.

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.

The project has just taken its first steps in Galway this month!


Wires Crossed is set to bring the dynamic art of funambulism (tightrope walking) to all corners of Europe through a partnership with CARAVAN, the European network of youth and social circus schools.

The first phase of this ambitious project sees Galway Community Circus work in partnership with Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles and Cabuwazi, youth circus schools from Brussels and Berlin. This is funded by Erasmus+ through Irish national agency Leargas. 


From June 27th to July 1stGalway Community Circus hosted the first European Training for Trainers course with twelve participants, which was designed for youth and social circus teachers. This masterclass was given by the project instructors Denis Josselin and Bruno Frenette.


ISACS is really proud to announce that four of the Irish trainees for this project are all ISACS members:

- Aidan Phelan, aka Réalta Productions.
Find more information about her here.

- Sandra Gonzalez Bandera, aka Kadira Theatre.
Find more information about her here.

- Eoghan MacMathuna, aka Moxy.
Find more information about him here.

- Tony Mahon, aka AcrophobiA.
Find more information about him here



One of the participants of this phase who is part of our core facilitator team as we move forward, Aidan Phelan, had this to say;

‘I just love this project. Learning to walk on a high wire is one thing, learning to teach is another. Bringing all of this together in a giant world class record breaking public performance is just out of this world. I am very grateful to be a part of it.’



Aidan Phelan - ISACS member of Realta & chairman 2017



The next training session is running in Berlin from July 10th – 17th, where the artists are working with a local refugee shelter.
There will be another session in Brussels at the end of August, and a crossing of the Claddagh pool in October.



We will keep you posted!



Photography: Aengus Van Hout


Photography: ISACS member Claire Sheehan

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