Galway Community Circus’s 4th annual Mayhem Youth Circus Festival will take place 21-28 May. Join us for FREE events open to the public.

The Mayhem Youth Circus Festival is Galway Community Circus’s annual festival celebrating circus. We have a full week of programming for our members and events for the general public to enjoy.

Most events are offered free of charge thanks to our funding partners Arts Council Ireland, Erasmus+ and Galway City Council.


‘Chimera’ – a performance by the Galway Community Circus Youth Ensemble
Sunday, 21 May | 6pm | St. Joseph’s Community Centre, Galway
All ages – open to the public
Regular priced ticket: €10 plus €1.17 fee
Discounted ticket for children 12 and under, students and seniors 65+: €7 plus €1 fee

Join a delightful tribute to an enchanting world of playful magic as our lively cast of characters embark on a journey exploring childhood’s joys and challenges. Bring the whole family to experience the wonder of ‘Chimera’ – after all, who says toys are just for kids?

The Galway Community Circus Youth Ensemble is a group of young people aged 15-24 who have worked together to create their own professional circus show. Our Youth Ensemble is funded by Arts Council Ireland.

Click here to purchase tickets for Chimera. 

Circus in the Park
Sunday, 28 May | 9am-4pm | Father Burke Park
Open to the public
Ages 5-24
FREE – booking is required

Join us for a fun day of circus in our big top tent at Father Burke Park! The day will feature mix of taster workshops for all circus lovers including introductory circus activities where participants will play fun games, learn new skills and make new friends. There will be 6 workshops and they will run each hour from 9am-4pm, with a lunch break between 12 and 1.

Click here to book your workshop slot for Circus in the Park. 

Scratch Night
Sunday, 28 May | 6:30pm | St. Joseph’s Community Centre
All ages – open to the public
FREE – booking is required

Join us for a fun night of circus performance! Scratch Night is a cabaret-style performance opportunity, similar to open mic nights, where artists perform a sequence or routine of their own creation.

Scratch Night offers a safe and welcoming atmosphere for anyone to grow and experiment with the art of performance through an informal circus show. The event aims to provide a fun space for people to get to know each other and to immerse themselves in the world of circus. All are welcome to attend and ages 12+ are invited to perform.

If you are interested in performing an act for Scratch Night, please email

Click here to book tickets for Scratch Night. 

Full details on the Mayhem Youth Circus Festival can be found here.