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ISACS Member - Spraoi St Patrick's Parade 2017 | Photographer Graham Cullen

ISACS is Growing!!


We are delighted to announce the expansion of our team with the appointment of Kate Lynch as Company Administrator.

Kate’s role is a vital one which will ensure the continued growth and development of the Network. Kate will oversee the administration of the office, the financial management and the implementation of policies and procedures. You are so very welcome Kate!!

Kate is a Wexford woman originally, who spread her wings to Australia where she has lived and worked since 2010.

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Coolcatts Halloween Festival in partnership with Sorcas Garman

Sorcas-Garman

Date: Thursday 31st October      Time: 5pm        Where: Coolcotts Youth Centre

Sorcas Garman is a new initiative bringing Social and Youth Circus practice to Wexford. The project was developed in partnership with the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network, Core Creations, FDYS, Wexford County Council, Wexford Arts Centre and Local Link Wexford.

Wexford Local Development have been the main stakeholder in this project throughout 2019, which has provided new and exciting ways to engage young people in creative and physical activity.

The group of young people, who are part of the FDYS Youth Project, have met every Tuesday afternoon at Wexford Arts Centre since February. There they have learned many skills such as juggling, stilt-walking, basic acrobatics, hula hoop and many more. These skills promote team building, develop self-esteem, encourage safe risk-taking and increase trust and responsibility.

Some of the feedback from the participants include:

‘Sorcas Garman is where I come to clear my mind’ (age 15)

‘Sorcas Garman is a creative outlet for me and is a great way to meet up with friends.’ (age 13)

‘It is a way to learn multiple skills and a way to convey emotions and stuff.’ (age 12)

‘Makes me feel energetic and welcomed in a group.’ (age 13)                                                                                                                   

Throughout the project the young people have worked with a  wide range of artists from different practices developing new ideas and ways of working and thinking. Sorcas Garman wants to thank each and every one of these artists for all their energy, enthusiasm and contributions.

There has been a notable increase in confidence levels and ownership of the workshop's and the skills learned and mastered. The young people have developed life-long skills and true friendships have been formed. Also the input from the youth-workers, Wexford Arts Centre Staff and Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network, has contributed to the overall feeling of solidarity and security within the group.’ said Enda Moran of Core Creations – director of Sorcas Garman.

The social impact of engaging in creative and physical activities has been noted by the FDYS team also:

‘FDYS are delighted to be part of this exciting programme, over the weeks we have watched young people grow in confidence as they learn a variety of circus skills. We are very excited to have Sorcas Garman lead this year’s Coolcatts Halloween Fest where young people will showcase the various skills they have learned over the past few months’ said Eimear McMahon FDYS youth worker

The project is now coming to the end of this the first phase and invites you all to come and see their work as part of the annual Coolcatts Halloween Festival on 31st October from 5pm in Coolcotts, Wexford. A massive thanks was extended to all the partners for their commitment and support: Wexford Local Development, FDYS, Wexford Arts Centre, Local Link Wexford, Wexford County Council, Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network and Core Creations, without whom this project would not have been possible.

If you would like to support this project going forward, we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Debbie Roche/Eimear McMahon | Youth Workers with FDYS | www.fdys.ie

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#DELVE 19 - National Circus Festival Ireland

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Our next D.E.L.V.E. takes place at the National Circus Festival of Ireland from 15 – 17th November 2019! 

The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) are thrilled to announce we have partnered with NCFI yet again to bring you our special DELVE programme for 2019 with an opportunity for two DELVE participants to attend.

Participants will Discover, Explore, Learn Visualise and Engage with the artists and their fellow ISACS member and will be encouraged to share their experiences and learning’s submitting their feedback on the DELVE page of our website, sharing it on social media and any relevant online platforms!

The closing date for this programme is Tuesday 29th October at 12 noon

Check out DELVE application requirements 2019.


It has broadened my eyes in terms of the types of performance styles and levels that our country has to offer. I would firmly recommend the DELVE programme to other ISACS members in the future.

Danielle Reck - full feedback

You will make so many connections that will help you discover more about what you want to do. And not only that you will make genuine friendships. It is completely nourishing for anyone who wants to delve into their discipline more with a professional outlook.


Nicola Moran - full feedback

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DELVE19: Meet the Spraoi Delvers!

Congrats to our members Sarah Kinneen - Flowlita and Fiona Hession – Galway Community Circus.


They have been selected to take part in our DELVE programme at Waterford Spraoi this August! For the fourth year in a row, our DELVErs will Discover, Explore, Learn Visualise and Engage with the artists and programmers at a selection of events specially selected by our festival partner and share their experiences and learning’s with you. 

Keep an eye on the hashtags #DELVE19 and #Spraoi2019.

We will be retweeting and reposting what’s happening live at the events on: 

- Facebook (Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network @ISACSNetwork), 
- Twitter (@ISACSIreland), 
- Instagram (@ISACSIreland).

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On the Road: Open Forum | in partnership with Outdoor Arts UK & Spraoi

Date: Sunday 4th August 2019

Time: 10 – 11.30am

Venue: Garter Lane Arts Centre, 22A O’Connell Street, Waterford, X91 DX57





This year’s theme for our very popular open forum is:

‘Feeding Creativity’ 

How can creativity be supported? What kinds of things does creativity need to flourish? Where does inspiration/motivation come from? What makes you feel creative?

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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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