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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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ISACS supports and advocates for the development of Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle.
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  ISACS offer professional support, mentorship and development programmes for all our members.
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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:
  • Information and resource sharing
  • Advocacy and Policy development
  • Training and Professional Support
  • National and International Networking

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Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network

Support, development and advocacy for Irish arts

Date: Friday 16th June at 6pm - Sunday 18th June at 3pm
Where: Cork
Open for 2 DELVE Participants

Application deadline: June 7th

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You're invited to discover an explosive programme of events across all artforms at Cork Midsummer Festival! Dance, Circus, Theatre, Visual Arts, Music, Talks, Workshops the festival has it all and much more!

ISACS is delighted to announce we have partnered up with Cork Midsummer Festival to create a very special DELVE professional development programme at Cork Midsummer Festival. Participants will get the chance to Discover, Explore, Learn, Visualise and Engage at a series of selected events at the festival for no cost (Friday meal, accommodation & travel costs included). #Delve17


Call for participants now open! Check the applications' requirements and benefits here.

How to apply:

Send an email to with 'DELVE - 2017' in the subject.

If you are not an ISACS member and you want to be and you also want to be a part of this scheme then please register here now....and don't miss out...lots more opp's like this coming your way!

Application deadline: June 7th.

Cork Midsummer Festival has an exquisite programme this year of dance, circus, theatre, visual arts, music, talks, workshops and lots more. Check CORK MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL programme | ISACS team top 10 must-see events at Cork Midsummer Festival.

Two lucky delvers will attend a series of events, observe work, meet the artists, the team, the crew, hang out with fellow ISACS members, discuss and discover new ideas, inspiration and delving into a range of art forms with new eyes! The idea behind the programme is to encourage ISACS members to engage with performances from a variety of art forms all over Ireland.

If it was not enough of a catch, be aware travel and accommodation costs (and some meals and drinks) are taken care of by the programme.

The group will see a wide selection of the following Festival shows and participate in group discussions, post-show talks and seminars over 2 full-packed days:



Friday 16th June

6 pm

Meet the ISACS group, dinner & chat.

8 pm

Futureproof by Lynda Radley | Theatre

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Returning to Ireland after an award-winning first run in Scotland in 2011, Futureproof asks us to think about the struggle for self-hood and bodily autonomy; a theme which continues to have relevance in Ireland today. The Everyman is thrilled to reunite writer Lynda Radley and director Tom Creed in their old stomping ground to give this magical play a stunning new production in its Irish premiére.


More info here

Saturday 17th June


ISACS seminar Blurring the Line: the Rise of Interdisciplinary Arts | Talk



Join the Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle network for an afternoon discussion about collaboration & the rise of interdisciplinary arts. Hear from a range of artists, practitioners and projects which have specialised in merging art forms in new and unusual ways; uncovering new styles, new techniques, new circus, new theatre, new stories and new ways of telling them, merging the old and the new, the traditional with the contemporary, the audience and the performer, the digital and the physical, the inside with the outside.


In association with the Circus Factory Cork and Cork Midsummer Festival.

Speakers include:

  • Emmet Kirwan
  • Dr Jools Gilson, UCC
  • Noelle O’Regan, Circus Factory Cork
  • Marc O’Sullivan (Vallig)


More info here.


Riuchi - Dream Of Light | Dance Circus

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Riuchi – warrior and alchemist all at once – comes from the imagination of the performer’s Asian identity. Rooted in traditional Japanese rituals, arts and techniques, Riuchi bridges the gap between ancient and futuristic – mashing up the aesthetic of Japanese animation and the realm of classic Asian movies. From this combination emerges an emotional landscape in an imaginary world nourished by both old traditional tales and futuristic science fiction.

View Riuchi ISACS profile


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8 pm 

Cappaghglass / Gawky And Awkward | Dance 

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Using the rural Irish valley of Cappaghglass (where performer Tara Brandel was born, and currently lives) as a metaphor, and made in response to the current refugee crisis in Europe, Cappaghglass looks at displacement, otherness and immigration, and our universal need for home. A visually striking solo show mixing dance, spoken word, video projections and live vocals. A short solo, Gawky And Awkward explores one dancer's struggle with dyslexia.


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10 pm

SLSD | Theatre (TBC)

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In an underground rave a collective of people find their voice, their sound and their home – SLSD, its story told from inside its walls, by the people entranced (and entrapped) by its allure. With a unique combination of spoken word, music and striking visuals exploring club culture and the power of a collective, No Kissin’ invites you to experience the sound, the place and the people. There will never be another night like this.


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 11.30 pm

Neon Western | Theatre / Music (TBC)

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Part rave, part theatre, this highly anticipated collaboration between Cork artists Conflicted Theatre & Peter Power is an immersive experience like no other.


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Sunday 18th

12 noon

The Gardener by Mike Kenny

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The Gardener is a delightful production, from the award-winning playwright Mike Kenny, about remembering, forgetting and getting old. This gentle piece is specifically designed for 6 to 8-year-olds, their parents, grandparents and carers!


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12:50 pm

Cow Go round | Family / Outdoors

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A fantastic family trip, driven by the sound of the mooh organ, a unique musical instrument including 19 cowbells, mooh boxes and milk tins. Everything put together inside a metallic bull frame!


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12:50pm - 4pm

Picnic in the Park | Family / Outdoors

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Join Cork Midsummer Festival for a whole afternoon of free arts entertainment and activities throughout Cork’s fantastic Fitzgerald Park. The Park will be alive with high energy events, installations, dance and music with drop-in workshops taking place throughout the day. Don't miss your opportunity to participate in Ireland's largest ever Maypole Dance inspired by the sensational dance show ProdiJIG.


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Accommodation in UCC Campus, Travel paid for upon receipt of invoice with receipts attached, Friday night meal provided by ISACS, Tickets provided by Cork Midsummer Festival & ISACS.

DELVE Cork Midsummer Festival is an event organised in partnership with Cork Midsummer Festival & supported by Arts Council Ireland.

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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