Hello, Circus 250!
ISACS were really proud that Irish representatives led and took part in the celebrations.
After introducing Circus 250 with GLAM, CANDY FLOSS, POPCORN AND A HELL OF SHOW AT CIRCUS 250 LAUNCH IN GALWAY!, ISACS member Dea Birkett coordinated Circus250's first day of Circus in
Read on for a quick recap of the first day of Circus celebrations, with of course stunning images of the illuminations and shows!
Picture cover: Virtual projection of Peter Blake's #circus250 logo in Roupell Street - Halfpenny Hatch when Astley's Circus was born 250 years ago
Quick introduction to the First Day of Circus and Philip Astley circus ring
250 years later, on Tuesday 9th January 2018, we were delighted to celebrate the first day of Circus!
Video by the Philip Astley Project.
January 9, marks the 250th anniversary of the very first circus, when in 1768, Philip Astley, the trick horse-rider regarded as the grandfather of Circus, first performed in London near Waterloo in his own ring of entertainments of 42-foot diameter. The ring size of 42-foot diameter enables the rider to make maximum use of the centrifugal force to maintain balance on a horse’s back while riding at speed and is still the standard size used for circus ring across the world. From here, the very next place Astley established his Amphitheatre was Ireland, and that is what we are coming together to celebrate - the Grandfather of Circus and the invention of the Circus Ring.
Irish performance shines at the #Fedparty
As part of the Creative Industries Federation' third-anniversary celebration in the Natural History Museum, very special circus performances wowed politicians, arts and cultural leaders, artists and leading lights from across the creative sector, under the impressive blue whale skeleton, 25.2-metre-long and biggest of its kind - originating from Wexford harbor.
Performances included circus strong woman and ISACS member Aoife Raleigh, aka The Heavy Duty Dame, and leading contemporary circus company Lost in Translation presenting Natasha Rushbrook performing "Handstand of Hope”. Students from Bradford College’s Special Effects department present a parade of their fantastical circus characters, from lion ringmasters to imaginary beasts, feathered
Meet ISACS member Aoife Raleigh
Aoife is a Dublin based professional circus artist and facilitator. Her style fuses theatre with circus skills in unexpected ways. She
Aoife is Ireland’s one and only Strong Woman…..The Heavy Duty Dame….shredding phone books, bending metal bars and lifting men over her head with her bare arms!!! Aaaaghhhh!!!!
View Aoife Raleigh ISACS profile
Six Cities of Circus lit up for Circus 250!To mark 250 years to the day since the birth of circus the Six Cities of Circus – Bristol, Blackpool, Norwich and Great Yarmouth, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Belfast/Derry - were each projecting the Sir Peter Blake Circus250 logo onto significant buildings.
Built in 1903, the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth is the UK’s only surviving building designed specifically for the circus.
Picture: New Vic Theatre
Picture: In Your Space Circus
Other Circus 250 projects
Do you want to know more about what's happening
- Read more about what's happening in
- Read more about what's happening in Ireland: Circus 250 Ireland - First Projects!
- Read more about Circus250 Irish champions: GLAM, CANDY FLOSS, POPCORN AND A HELL OF SHOW AT CIRCUS 250 LAUNCH IN GALWAY!
Do you have an idea and would like to take part in Circus 250 in Ireland?
- Get in touch: Call out for Circus 250 Irish projects | ISACS & Circus250
More info on circus250.com