Hands Down Circus’ (Carys Nicholls & Graham Milligan) were selected as the 2022 N.E.S.T. (New Emerging Street Talent) artists.

In addition to a mentored residency at Spraoi Studios, they performed their show Tape that at Spraoi (Ireland), Out There (England), SURGE (Scotland), and Green Man (Wales) as part of N.E.S.T. 2022.

They also performed their show at FiraTàrrega last September, thanks to the ISACS Network and Culture Ireland’s support.

What did they say about their experience?

Being part of the on-program for FiraTarrega was an absolute treat, and would not have happened if not for the ever forward-thinking ​ISACS and Culture Ireland. We have already received multiple international bookings for next summer in; UK, Spain, Sweden and Croatia. We are absolutely buzzing about travelling internationally next year and experiencing even more outdoor festivals and contacts as we go!

The ISACS team did an amazing job of allowing us to make introductions to multiple programmers from across Europe and even further afield! Making these connections with a plethora of international bookers as well as strengthening our ties with Culture Ireland will make humongous steps for international touring in the coming year.

We were inspired about the sheer variety of performances and how they fitted into the festival in their own way. It made us think about how many styles there are and that they are all valid – including our own. It strengthened our belief in our process and what we want to deliver.