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Meet Dea Birkett, Circus250 Ringmistress

Meet Dea Birkett, Circus250 Ringmistress

We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! Dea Birkett, a former circus artiste, founded and is Ringmaster of Circus250, the UK and Ireland-wide celebration of 250 years of circus in 2018. An established broadcaster, Dea recently made Who Killed the...

Introducing Inferno

Introducing Inferno

We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! Introducing Inferno Fire Show, a Cork-based Fire Performance Company creating new sensations for audiences mixing circus skills, theatre, fire manipulation and pyrotechnics. The company was created by a trio of highly accomplished fire...

Introducing Circomara, the Sailing Circu…

Introducing Circomara, the Sailing Circus!

We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)!   Introducing Circomara, an Irish based circus company specialising in Acrobatics and Physical Comedy, who sailed all the way down from Sweden to Dublin in 2013. Since then, Circomara has become a renowned company in...

Meet Tumble Circus!

Meet Tumble Circus!

We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)!   Introducing Tumble Circus, a modern circus company, based in Belfast. Tumble Circus team has won international multiple awards for their work. They have toured throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia. Tumble...

Meet National Circus Festival of Ireland

Meet National Circus Festival of Ireland

We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! Introducing National Circus Festival of Ireland, one of the most exciting circus festival in Ireland, organised every year in Tralee, Kerry by Fanzini Production. The festival is an opportunity to see eye-popping international shows...

Meet Spraoi, Waterford!

Meet Spraoi, Waterford!

Photo:  Spraoi St Patrick's Parade 2014 We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! Introducing Spraoi, a well-established and renowned street theatre company from Waterford, perhaps best known for its annual Spraoi Festival and Parade held every August Bank Holiday weekend...

Meet Cork Circus Factory!

Meet Cork Circus Factory!

Picture: Pizzicu Piz | Interviewee: Cormac Mohally  We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! Introducing Circus Factory, Cork’s only dedicated circus training, creation and performance space. Circus Factory a member-led organisation run by a collective of professional and aspiring circus artist volunteers who strive to advance circus...

Meet Aisling Ní Cheallaigh!

Meet Aisling Ní Cheallaigh!

We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! First up is the very talented Aisling Ni Cheallaigh who has worked and trained with fellow ISACS Members Fidget Feet, Irish Aerial Creation Centre, Ether Productions , Aerial Cirque and Taking Flight...

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The Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network We are a collaborative network of people and organisations interested in the development of the Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle art forms for, with and by Irish artists. We represent over 70 member organisations and individuals across Ireland and beyond. We have a voluntary Board of Directors which are elected by the members in rotation at our Annual General Meeting. We aim to raise the profile, increase recognition and support the development of the sector by:
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Irish spooktacular halloween 2018

Are you ready for a spookily good time? Check out ISACS Network selection of Irish Spooktacular Must-sees on Halloween 2018! Immerse yourself in the Spirit of Samhain at some of the best street arts and circus events happening all over the country!

 


Horrible Historical Tails - Waterford Youth Arts 

Waterford  - 24th - 27th October

Horrible Historical Trails Waterford Youth Arts

Waterford Youth Arts and Imagine Arts Festival are proud to present Horribly Historical Trails, returning to the festival after its successful run last year. Join the Youth troupe as they bring you through the streets of Waterford to hear the stories hidden in our ancient walls, of those who have walked before you. Meet the ghosts of the legends, you have heard the tails off. Vikings, Kings, Vampires, and many more of those lost but not forgotten. Be prepared for a spooktastical night of frights and delights as you will see Waterford City in a way you have never seen it before told through the eyes of all those who have walked through this city for hundreds of years. This theatrical tale will be sure to delight children and adults of all ages.

Written and Directed by Martina Collender.

More info.

View WYA ISACS profile


Samhain: Limerick’s Halloween Festival - Lumen Street Theatre

Limerick - 25th October - 27th October 

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Artistic Director of Lumen Street Theatre, Martin Shannon helps launch SAMHAIN 2018: Limerick’s Halloween Festival at the Fab Lab Limerick. Picture: Cathal Noonan, True Media.

The brainchild of Lumen Street Theatre, SAMHAIN 2018: Limerick’s Halloween festival will culminate with a light-filled parade on Nicholas Street.

Public talks, family friendly workshops, tours and a night swim are some of the events programmed for the three days celebrating, re-imagining and retelling local Halloween stories through history, folklore and traditions.

Funded by Limerick City and County Council, the festival brings with it a range of fun and interactive activities. Taking place across Limerick over 25 October to 27 October, entry to all events are free.

Highlights include:

Vizzards & Collicks - A talk by artist/folklorist Michael Fortune | THURSDAY 25TH OCTOBER @ 6PM

The Deep Roots of Halloween | FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER @ 5PM

More info.

View Lumen Street Theatre ISACS' profile.


Dia de Los Muertos Parade - Cork Community Art Link

Cork City Centre - 25th October 

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The Guinness Cork Jazz Parade will be unleashing its fantastic talents on the streets of Cork on the 25th of October.
Working with Cork Community Artlink, this year’s Festival Parade will be in the theme of Dia De Los Muertos, celebrating the beauty of life and death! See Cork come to life with a powerful spectacle as the Parade weaves its way through the streets of Cork. A treat for the whole family!

More info.

View Cork Community Art Link ISACS' profile.


Wicked Woods - Samhain with Spraoi

Waterford 26th-28th October 

Wicked Woods Spraoi

Treat yourself to something truly different this Halloween with Spraoi during the Celtic feast of Samhain, marking the end of harvest and the beginning of winter – ‘the darker half’ of the year.

Wicked Woods is a premiere performance attraction, suitable for adults and children. Award-winning spectacle company Spraoi will transform Carriganore Wood on Waterford’s Greenway at WIT Arena into an imaginative seasonal world – with light, sound, effects, creatures and live costumed performers.

More info.

View Spraoi's ISACS profile.


The Night of the Shifting Bog - Loosysmokes

 Dublin - 26th-29th October

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Their 2016 show at Bram Stoker Festival ‘Behind the Dark’ sold out within 24 hours, and this years' thrilling new show from world-renowned aerial performance company, Loosysmokesnew show is currently sold out.

Night of the Shifting Bog is inspired by the landscapes of Stoker’s imagination in his first and only work set in Ireland, The Snake’s Pass. This outdoor, night-time performance, deep in the woods at St. Anne’s Park, Clontarf, is based on a passage set in the boglands of Ireland, depicting a surreal world where bodies soar against the sky and crash, swallowed.

Using the woodlands in the park as their stage, this dark, immersive and atmospheric aerial acrobatic show will both enthral and spook adventurous audiences, as dancers and performers whirl through shadows, flickering projections, a canopy of centuries-old trees and the audience itself.

Night of the Shifting Bog is a site-specific commission from the Bram Stoker Festival supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

More info.

View Loosysmokes' ISACS profile.


FireStorm - Inferno

Wesport Westival - 26th -27th October 

Firestorm

"SPECTACULAR". The Cork Independent 

Inferno presents an intense blazing experience that creates art with fire accompanied by pyrotechnics and mesmerizing circus skills. Inspired by cult movies, Firestorm mashes up the aesthetic of Matrix and Star Wars within the realm of science fiction. Firestorm is a show of enchanting light and shadow, skill and choreography. 

A performance utilizes custom-made fire equipment inspired by a variety of arts forms such as circus, juggling, dance and martial art techniques. This show unfolds through the skilled movements of the artists and is performed to a fully customized soundtrack.

This performance is suitable for all ages but please note that fire, smoke and pyrotechnics will be used as part of the performance.

More info.

View Inferno's ISACS Profile


Morbid and Sons - Curious State

Stokerland, Bram Stoker Festival 2018. St. Patrick's Park, Dublin 8. October 27th & 28th | Spleodar Halloween Arts Festival 2018, Nenagh Arts Centre, Tipperary.
Oct 29th.

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Business is dead! No one seems to be dying anymore; the obituaries have been blank for weeks. 
The Morbid family has fallen on hard times and is forced to take to the streets to sell their wares. 
They plan to drum up some much-needed trade for their funeral business by singing humorous songs about hideous deaths, and displaying their expertise by way of a demonstration funeral. They might persuade you to try on a coffin or take a spin in their Victorian hearse. Be careful they don’t “kill you with kindness” or “embalm you while you wait”. Remember, death comes to us all in the end and it is best to be prepared for the afterlife.

Morbid & Sons is an interactive, macabre experience about death and the afterlife for all the family.

More info on BramStoker Show | Spleodar Halloween Arts Festival

View Curious Sate's ISACS Profile


Creepy Carlow - Dublin Circus Project & Jack Wise

28th of October from 7 pm at Carlow Town Hall.

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Join the Dublin Circus Project and Jack Wise for a night of fire, fun, magic and comedy at the Scarefest!

This promises to be a great night out for all the family! With live music, DJ, food stalls, free face painting and more, complimenting the spectacular fire and magic show. The show kicks off at 7pm and will last approx. 2 hours.

 

Dublin Circus Project

Join the Dublin Circus Project on Sunday the 28th of October for a spectacular fire show in front of Carlow Town Hall. Accompanied by dramatic music, the performers will wow you with their skill and bravery as they deliver a stunning show suitable for all the family!

View Dublin Circus Project ISACS' profile

 

 

 

Jack Wise

Street Performer Jack Wise's festival show is a rollercoaster ride of magic, sword swallowing and hilarious ventriloquism! Think David Blaine and Tommy Cooper in some sort of a comedy car crash and you've got the idea.

Jack is the only Irish festival entertainer to win the coveted Street Performance World Championship. He is also the only Irish entertainer to win The UK family entertainer of the Year Award.

View Jack Wise ISACS' profile

 

 

More info on the event


“Out of the Wild Sky” Parades - Macnas 

Galway 28th October & Bram Stoker Festival Dublin 29th October

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Picture: Julia Dunin 

“Out of the Wild Sky” the 2018 Macnas parade will traverse through the streets of Galway at 5.30pm on Sunday October 28th, 2018 and travels through Dublin Monday, October 29th. The Macnas Halloween Parade is a highlight of Ireland’s cultural calendar. It is the largest free event in In Ireland for Halloween with over 54,000 people lining the streets every year to be awed and amazed by this epic scale of storytelling.

This years' story celebrates the act of transformation being unleashed upon the city. A world that is hypnotic and intoxicating, glittering, mysterious and filled with shadowy and noble things. Always a gigantic undertaking, this year’s parade will feature the signature Macnas giant creations and sculptural images, pyrotechnics, bespoke costumes, and epic performances to live and original music. Delivering this wondrous chaos are hundreds of performers from the Macnas Young Ensemble, ISACS member Galway Community Circus, Youth Ballet West, the Macnas Youth Drummers, the Public participation programme, The Hit Machine and many more.  

The Macnas parade includes the work of the Macnas creative ensemble, comprised of 45 professional artists and 300 volunteers directed by CEO/Artistic Director Noeline Kavanagh. The creative wizards behind this years' inventions include Orla Clogher and Dave Young on design, Saileog O’Halloran on costume and Alma Kelleher on sound design. Eimhin Craddock will head up the Macnas Youth Drummers and ISACS member Miquel Barcelo is once again at the helm with the Young Ensemble.

 

 

View Macnas ISACS profile

More info on the parades' routes


Dragon of Shandon Parade and FireStorm - Cork Community Art Link & Inferno

Cork 31st October 2018

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The Dragon of Shandon Parade will take place on 31st October 2018 on the streets of Cork.

Get ready for Corks favourite nighttime parade. 

Emerging once more from the underworld, the 36 foot Dragon made using 'Tape sculpture' techniques, will prowl the streets escorted by her legion of over 500 loyal ghouls, beasts, misfits and demons to celebrate the ancient tradition of Samhain in a thrilling nighttime parade and finale show attracting thousands of spectators, young and old, to Cork City on the 31st of October. 

Growing bigger and better as it reaches its 13th year, the Dragon of Shandon Parade is the highlight of CCAL’s annual arts calendar, the result of a 3 month outreach and community engagement programme with local artists, over 20 groups and support services working in partnership with local artists to create a cultural hub and provide a friendly and carnival atmosphere within the entire city on Halloween night. Catch Inferno FireStorm show at the end of the Parade!

 

More info on the parade.

View Cork Community Art Link ISACS' profile.


Celtic festival of Samhain - Geata Arts

Clonakilty Arts Festival 1st-4th November

Anna Groniecka Samhain festival

Pictured above is a scene from last year’s parade. Pic by Anna Groniecka

The incredible Samhain Festival organised by community arts group Geata Arts, including Mark Dougherty, Ciara Hefferman, Lisa Brinkmann and Ronan McLoughlin, will once again take place this year in Clonakilty. The festival, which celebrates and honours the Celtic festival of Samhain, will run from Thursday, November 1 until Sunday, November 4.

After the great success of last year’s festival, Geata Arts has teamed up with the Clonakilty Arts Festival in 2018 to bring an even more punch-packed programme with talks, events, workshops, theatre and music, all centred around Irish and Celtic history, mythology and folklore. The highlight will be a spectacular street parade on Sunday evening, showcasing the most haunting and incredible otherworldly figures and creatures of Celtic mythology.

Highlights include: 

FireStorm by Inferno 2nd November

 

Costume making workshops & Festival Parade Nov 4th

Preparations for the festival and parade are well underway and Geata Arts, as well as many volunteers, have been busy for weeks creating a storyboard and making exceptional costumes, masks and props for the parade. There are open costume making workshops every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7-9pm at the Clonakilty Arts Centre and everyone who would like to help out or get involved in the festival and parade is very welcome to come along and become part of the team. All costumes and props of the parade are handmade, either by commissioned artists and artists groups, or during the open workshops at the Clonakilty Arts Centre.

This year’s festival theme is ‘Away with the Faeries’ and the parade will showcase figures, creatures and mythologies of the four different faery realms of Celtic mythology. The parade will have four sections, each representing a different ‘realm’ associated with one of the elements – water, fire, earth and air. The parade, with over 150 performing artists and musicians, will set off on Asna Square and move through the main street of Clonakilty on to ‘Emmet Square’ for a massive drum and fire show finale.

 

More info about the event

View ISACS profiles for Ronan McLoughlinView Inferno's ISACS Profile

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Membership Benefits

Becoming a member of ISACS will help the sector to collectively advocate, develop policy and support the development of the future of the Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle art forms in Ireland.

Our members are individuals and organisations who actively support, create, participate and encourage the development of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle arts across Ireland.
  • Mentoring & professional support
  • Members profile & event listings on ISACS website
  • Invitations to national and international showcases and events
  • Members only professional development programs
  • Increased visibility through online media
  • Discounts for members on many schemes including insurance, accounting, graphic design, video
  • Access to listing of current national & international opportunities
  • Regular members-only newsletter
  • Members Only online and offline discussion groups
  • Members voting, AGM and Board of Directors candidacy rights

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Irish Street Arts Circus and Spectacle Network

Irish Theatre Institute, 17 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
00 353 (0)87 0541812 info@isacs.ie
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