The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network Team was in Galway and Inis Oírr last week preparing for the next FRESH STREET #3. Organisors, partners, artists, contributors and volunteers met in Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, to visit and meet with all the places where seminars and shows will happen. The future resident artists Liam Wilson and Kate Boschetti also joined the team the weekend so as to discover their future living space at the Áras Éanna Arts Centre where they will stay for the month of May.
2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Modern Circus as we know it today, a birthday widely celebrated in UK and Ireland as Circus250. Since 1768, this art form has been constantly shifting, changing and re-imagining itself, taking its audiences on new adventures and all the while pushing the boundaries of risk and human endeavor. Let’s look at the extraordinary journey of the art form of Circus and most particularly focus on how Circus sometimes flirts with other art forms such as Opera. Ockham's Razor artistic director Charlotte Mooney, was one of the four guest speakers to join us at our recent Circus250 Focus in Wexford Arts Centre during the Wexford Opera Festival. She talked about 'Circus and Opera' and depicted some of the stunning shows she has been part of. Enjoy the read!
Discover the variety of organisations running youth and social circus in Ireland across an infographic study. In 2017-2018, the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network interviewed seventeen organisations running youth circus activities in Ireland and Northern Ireland to map and build a national overview of youth circus activities in the country. The other aim of the study was to identify the sector's needs ahead of future Irish Youth Circus Focus and events.