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Culture Night 2018: everything Circus and Street Arts

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Culture is Catching! Ireland's 13th Culture Night is less than a day away and the ever-growing list of events makes it difficult to choose what you to do and see on Friday! You could browse through the Culture Night website or you could listen to our advice! The ISACS' (Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network) team is pleased to present their selection of the best of street arts and circus events happening on Friday the 21st of September and beyond!

Theatre, vertical dance, clowns, circus, workshops, family-friendly events, exhibitions, festival kick off we have it all cover with ISACS members' events in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Cavan, Athy Kildare, Waterford, Wicklow, Wexford and Belfast.





Culture Night in Dublin - Fly away with the circus!


Taking Flight Dublin
| view ISACS profile
Taking Flight provides quality circus arts education and performance to learners and audiences of all ages & abilities.

Taking Flight, Unit 4, Cross Guns Business Park, Phibsborough, Dublin 7; 4.30-10pm

5-7pm: Family Circus Workshops.


Grandparents, parents and children get to play and train together for about 20 minutes in aerial, acrobatics & other circus disciplines (adults must accompany and join in with their kids). Suitable for all ages (babies upwards). No bookings taken: just show up and be prepared to have a go!
7:30pm & 9pm. Circus Arts Performances.
Voluntary donations to the Gaza Women's Circus Project on the night. 
Information on project: There is a near total absence of access to recreational and sporting activities for women and girls in Gaza and there are few interventions to provide girls with recreational activities outside of the home. The project provides a space where women and girls can build relationships, trust and a sense of a supportive community, without barriers of age, ability, class and ethnicity.

More info about this Event. | Join the Facebook event.



Aerial Cirque | view ISACS profile

Aerial Cirque, 10 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2; 5-9pm

5-6pm Family Workshop - 7-9pm Open studio
Aerial Cirque is a home for budding and professional aerialists. In their gorgeous studio they will be hosting two 50 minute child-and-parent cocoon workshops, at 5pm and 6pm. From 7pm to 9pm the studio will be open to the public to come to watch aerial students practice their skills.

Book workshop spots hereMore event details here.


Barnardo Square, Dublin 6 pm - 10.15pm



Nestled between Dame Street and Dublin Castle, this public space will be transformed with projections and pop-up performances throughout the evening. Come and enjoy a selection of short films from Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, a live Aerial Cirque performance with projections and more!

Full information about the event. | Join the Facebook event


8.30pm / 9pm / 10.15pm Aerial Cirque Live

In a world where the border between real and virtual is blurred, Aerial Cirque presents LIVE, Ria Murphy’s latest interactive aerial dance-visual art spectacle. Art, science, and tech synchronise daringly up on a vertical architectural stage. Performers dance, run and flip suspended on the building, while their biometric data and movements influence the projection mapping enveloping them. In collaboration with renowned visual artist Petko Tanchev, the visual landscape of the piece is endlessly responsive,  conforming  &  deforming, responding in real time to the vitals of the performers. Their real bodies feeding their responsive virtual partner, making no two performances the same.



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Dublin Circus Project | view ISACS profile

Dublin Circus Project is a non-profit, member-based organisation working to bring the Circus Arts to life in Dublin and beyond by: building awareness, providing a dedicated training centre, offering adult and youth circus education, and hosting circus events and performances in Dublin.


Barnardo Square, Dublin, 6:30 pm

6.30pm Dublin Circus Project


The Amphitheatre, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, 6-11pm

Buried right in the heart of the Civic Offices on Wood Quay is The Amphitheatre - an open-air stage area that plays host to performances throughout the year, ranging from opera to rock to hip-hop.

On Culture Night, The Amphitheatre is delighted to host an array of pop-up performances by the Discovery Gospel Choir, The Hit Machine Drummers, Dublin Circus Project, The Ramparts and Sam Kavanagh’s Lalalala Choir. So much fun to be had!

9.10pm Dublin Circus Project



Culture Night in CorkCelebrate the street arts and circus heritage!

While Cork Community Art Link celebrates 25 years of street arts, Circus Factory is running Pitch'd Circus Arts Festival for the second year.


Cork Community Art Link | view ISACS profile

The Lido, 71 Watercourse Road, Blackpool 5pm -11pm



Join CCAL to celebrate the 25 years of a very unique Cork company through an exhibition made of extracts from our archives, photographic and multimedia materials, various footage and the first parts of a series of short documentaries on the history of Cork Community Art Link, narrated by William Frode de la Foret; Artistic Director, produced and edited Michele O’Connor Connolly.
And of course, take a peek at the ongoing great work made towards the Dragon of Shandon and the Jazz festival parades. If you want to get involved in any of our great projects or workshops, you can sign up on the night.

More information about this event | Join the Facebook event



Circus Factory's Pitch'd Circus Arts Festival | view ISACS profile

Coal Quay & North Main Street, 7-11pm 

Join the Circus Factory in and around North Main Street & Coal Quay for an electric evening of free events. Featuring Circus performers, street art, group shows and the incredible spectacle of Inferno who will be lighting up the last of the summer skies with an incredible fire performance to close the evening out. Not to be missed!
Clown Selfie Station 
6 - 8 pm
Skiddy's Plaza.
Come visit Clowns Without Borders Ireland’ popup Clown makeover station. Get fitted out with a new costume, wigs and face painting in their hilarious theatrical saloon.

Street Circus
7 pm
Skiddy's Plaza
Featuring some of Ireland's finest circus performers as they bring their acts to the streets of Cork.

Walkabout Street Arts and Circus
7 - 9 pm
Coal Quay / North Main Street
Following an open call out for new street and circus acts, keep your eyes peeled for walkabout street performances and art installations.

Circus Community Show
9 pm
Coal Quay
Cheer on Circus Factory members as they team up for a group show of thrills and maybe even some spills!

Inferno | view ISACS profile
10 pm
Three of Ireland’s most skilled fire performers present their most popular production, FIRESTORM, a show of enchanting light and shadow, skill and choreography.


See http://www.pitchdfestival.ie for full programme of events | Join the Facebook event.


Culture Night in Galway - Walk the tightwire!


Galway Community Circus
 | view ISACS profile

St Joseph’s Community Centre, Ashe Road, Shantalla, Galway, 4-7pm


Find your Balance with Wires Crossed! As one of the nine anchor projects of Galway 2020, GCC is training up to 400 participants in the art of wire walking (funambulism) with the aim to cross the Claddagh Basin and River Corrib on tight-wire. Right now they are in the process of their level II summer/autumn training stages, therefore this is a fantastic opportunity for people to come to see what this project is all about and try out the art of funambulism. Proper clothing and footwear is a necessity - it is best to be prepared for any kind of weather on the day.
These workshops are for complete beginners from the ages of 10 years upwards.

ISACS Network team tried it last year! Read the feedback.
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Culture Night in Wicklow - aerial studio & performances



Emily Aoibheann | view ISACS profile & Katie Holmes | view ISACS profile

The Courthouse
 Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co Wicklow, 11:30am - 7pm

4.00-5.00pm Run Away with the Circus

An Open Arial Studio with Katie Holmes and Emily Aoibheann. Katie Holmes and Emily Aoibheann are multidisciplinary artists whose mediums collectively span across aerial, poetry, dance, sculpture and movement. They teach and train in Creation Aerial: the studio and home of contemporary, dynamic circus and movement practices in Dublin. Katie and Emily will transpose their studio space to Tinahely for Culture Night and, open this creative space to the public: a field of awareness and exploration where ideas are allowed to be unfurled, felt out, examined, exclaimed and enjoyed.

4.30pm Performance

Katie Holmes and Emily Aoibheann will show one of their works in progress.

More information about this event.



Culture Night in Athy - Kildare - run away with the Circus!


C Circus K | view ISACS profile

Athy Community Arts Centre, Wood Stock St., 6pm - 8pm

Circus Class Open Evening


C Circus K is Community Circus in Kildare. They teach Circus Skills such as Juggling, Stilt Walking, Wire Walking, Plate Spinning and much more, to children and adults age 9 and up. They meet Thursday evenings 6.30-8pm in Athy.

Email: Johnny@StreetTheatreIreland.com


More information about the event | Website: CcircusK.com Phone: 087 2281645



Culture Night in Waterford - with Waterford Youth Arts


Waterford Youth Arts | view ISACS profile



Brick Lane 6.15pm to 7pm slot (Brick lane is alongside the side steps by Greyfriars) 
All performers will be from the older age group in WYA (15 - 19 years) 
The event will be a combination of Spoken Word poets from the Lit Festival, some local singer-songwriters and also a small piece from a forthcoming show 'Horribly Historical Trails' a scary show for children happening during the Imagine Festival in the Viking Triangle.

More information about this event | Join the Facebook event



Culture Night in Belfast - Circus cabaret for all the family!

Belfast Community Circus | View Jacob Anderson ISACS profile.

Belfast Circus School 23-25 Gordon St, Belfast BT1 2LG, 6-10pm
An evening of Circus nibbles from our Youth Circus, Adult Circus hobbyists and professional artists!

Belfast Circus School Cabarets will feature ISACS member Jacob Anderson in:
6-7pm - Two's a Crowd

8-9pm - 4Play!

Each Cabaret is about 35 minutes, and always fills up verrry quickly!




Culture Night in CavanThere's a new festival in town!

Fanzini | view ISACS profile

Con Smith Park, Cavan Town 6pm-10.15pm

We're very proud of ISACS member Kim McCaffey launching the first ever Cavan Arts Festival in collaboration with Culture Night, Creative Ireland and Cavan Arts.

Kicking off at 6pm in Con Smith Park in the Big Top and throughout Con Smith Park with music, performing arts, comedy, visual arts, theatre and spoken words.


Don't miss the hilarious Fanzini Bothers: Guido Fanzini’s impossible Circus on Saturday!


More information about this event | Full festival programme | Join the Facebook event




Culture Night in Wexford - prepare for an aerial extravaganza!

Massive congratulations to Tamara Gangus of Bloco Garman Wexford Culture Night Programme coordinator. Upon completing the L.E.A.P programme with ISACS Network as communications and events coordinator, Tamara successfully secured this position for 2018!

Don't miss our new member Missy Fortune at Lioness Aerial Fitness' aerial extravaganza.

Selskar Square Wexford, 6.30pm - 7pm 



Lioness Aerial Fitness presents an aerial extravaganza.
Witness a breathtaking display of aerial skills including silks, hoops, and pole. Also performing on the night are Wexford's newest Adult hip-hop crew- RM Company.

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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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