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So What's up with Circus250 in 2018?

So What's up with Circus250 in 2018?

While Katharine Kavanagh of Circus Diaries investigated what’s happening in UK... We, in Ireland have also started to get things moving with a superb launch in Galway in April and two brand new open calls:

- Call for Irish projects (Circus250 & ISACS)
Lead Irish artist and 10 early career Irish artists to take part in a circus/hip hop Circus250 project in 2018. (Cork Midsummer Festival)

But first a little reminder of what Circus250 is …


What’s Circus 250?

Circus 250 is a celebration of the birth of modern circus in 1768, as created by Philip Astley, in the heart of London. He is credited with discovering that the ideal size for a circus ring is 42 feet in diameter. This enables the rider to make maximum use of the centrifugal force to maintain balance on a horse’s back while riding at speed. 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.

Our member Dea Birkett created Circus250 - a coordinating body bringing together all forms of circus to celebrate 250 years of circus in 2018 in the UK and Ireland. Throughout 2018, contemporary and traditional circuses, museums, churches, arts centres, galleries, theatres, archives and citizens are all invited to celebrate the 250th anniversary of circus with exhibitions, performances, concerts and events.

www.circus250.com | T: @Circus250 | F: Circus250

Picture: ISACS team (Charlotte Haffner -left & Lucy Medlycott - right) with Dea Birkett (middle) at Circus250 launch in Galway
Photographer: Kevin Toolis


What’s happening in Ireland?

Picture: Circus 250 Launch in Galway, April 19th 2017 by Kevin Toolis  

On 19th April 2017 - Circus 250, led by the inimitable Dea Birkett, was launched in circus style in Galway city under the crowded Tumble Circus’ big top. Dea introduced the brand new logo designed by Peter Blake, her Circus Champions for Ireland who have lent their voices to Circus250 in 2018 while Tumble Circus, Circus Gerbla and Galway Community Circus regaled the crowd with contemporary and traditional circus acts.

Read more: Galway Launch 2017

We have also opened two Irish calls:

Call for Irish projects (Circus250 & ISACS)

Circus 250 invites you to create your own special event to mark the birth of circus 250 years ago in 2018.
So go dream up your projects, partnerships, ideas and events.

Lead Irish artist and 10 early career Irish artists to take part in a circus/hip hop Circus250 project in 2018. (Cork Midsummer Festival)

Cork Midsummer Festival is seeking for a lead artist and 10 early career Irish artists to take part in a Circus250 circus/hip-hop international project.
Deadline for applications 21st August.

For more info see our CIRCUS250-IRELAND-FAQS.docx and if you have suggestions and ideas please contact info@isacs.ie

Picture: Circus250 meeting at National Gallery of Ireland with Lucy Medlycott (ISACS), Galway Community Circus, Dea Birkett (Circus 250), Cork Midsummer Festival and National Gallery of Ireland - looking at circus pictures from 200 years ago.

What’s happening in UK?

Picture: Circus Company Lost in Translation performing in front of London House of Parliament - Circus 250 launch (July 25th 2017)
Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP 

Photo: Circus250 launch by Pete Maclaine

Circus250 recently hosted a London's partnerships meeting for the circus industry, academics, journalists and businesses to start the conversation about partnerships and projects in 2018, with inspiration talks from circus fans and advocates and table discussions groups and workshops.

Watch: Circus250 London's partnership meeting review

The photograph above catches today's official launch of Circus 250 logo designed by Sir Peter Blake, with complimentary eye-catching stunts by circus company Lost in Translation in London's SouthBank at the very spot where in 1768 Philip Ashley drew out a ring and filled it with astonishing acts.

Watch: Circus250 London's logo Launch

Meanwhile, 6 UK cities designated cities will be circus cities in 2018:

- Belfast
- London
- Newcastle-under-Lyme 
- BlackPool
- Bristol 
- Norwich

With the support of their local authorities, they will present a very special programme of circus events throughout the year 2018.

So go on, now it's your turn! Dream on and send us your ideas for Circus250 in Ireland! Contact info@isacs.ie.

Lucy Medlycott & Charlotte Haffner

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