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Hello, Circus 250!

Virtual projection of Peter Blake's #circus250 logo in Roupell Street - Halfpenny Hatch when Astley's Circus was born 250 years ago
Various events were held in the UK and Northern Ireland to kick off the Circus 250 celebrations on the 9th of January 2018, which marks 250 years since the man considered as the grandfather of circus Philip Astley first leaped into showbusiness with his own ring of entertainment near Waterloo in London in 1768.

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 UK and Northern Ireland in partnership with the Six Cities of Circus. ISACS member Aoife Raleigh performed her Heavy Duty Dame at the Creative Industries Federationthird-anniversary celebration in London's Natural History Museum and In Your Space Circus and Belfast Community Circus braved the cold to check out the Circus 250 logo projection onto the Derry City Wall and onto the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast!

Read on for a quick recap of the first day of Circus celebrations, with of course stunning images of the illuminations and shows!

#firstdayofcircus

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


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.

250 years later, on Tuesday 9th January 2018, we were delighted to celebrate the first day of Circus!

#firstdayofcircus #Circus250


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 hoola hoop artistes to fairy popcorn sellers.


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 specialises in hula hoop, stilt walking, acrobatics, fire performance and theatre. 

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 for Circus250 in 2018?

- Read more about what's happening in UK: UK WIDE CIRCUS 250 CELEBRATIONS THIS TUESDAY 9TH FOR FIRST DAY OF CIRCUS

- 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

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