We are delighted to announce that the Irish Youth Circus Gathering is back IN PERSON in November 2022 for the first time since 2019. This will be our 5th event, and the 3rd in-person one.
We are also excited to be a part of the La Nuit du Cirque this year! Read more here!
Our Gathering Outreach Programme will run from Monday 8th to Thursday 10th November. Six schools and youth clubs will visit St. Kieran’s Hall in Cloughjordan to take part in a fun packed workshop with games, a variety of circus skills and some fun challenges. By the end of this week 150 children will have had a first taste of circus and we hope they will come along to our Circus Cabaret on Saturday 12th November too!
In 2022 the groups that will take part include:
IRISH YOUTH CIRCUS GATHERING
The National Irish Youth Circus Gathering will commence on Friday 11th November to Sunday 13th November.
We will be welcoming 28 young participants as well at 10 youth circus facilitators to Cloughjordan from Circusful (Belfast), In Your Space Circus (Derry), Galway Community Circus, Cork Circus Factory and Dublin Circus Project. They will be joined by up to 15 members of Cloughjordan Circus Club for a fun packed weekend of circus workshops, social events and performances.
What to expect if you are coming to the gathering?
A full programme of Circus workshops to choose from throughout the day! Choose from:
* Chair Stack
* Funambulism (that’s wire walking with a long pole!)
* And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Social evening and board games in the Community Cafe. There might even be some hot chocolate on offer!
The weekend programme is coming soon!
You are all invited to Circus Cabaret show on Saturday 12th November at 7:30 PM in St. Kieran’s Hall featuring the amazing guest tutor Simon Llywellyn all the way from Sorin Sirkus in Finland! He will perform a number of fantastic acts as part of our cabaret alongside acts from all the visiting tutors. This is a chance for members of the public and our young people to see some fantastic professional circus performances and they will end the show by creating the now traditional ALL IRELAND HUMAN PYRAMID!
Finish the weekend taking part in or spectating at the Unicycle Hockey Tournament or chill in the Manipulation Hall!
Take a look at what we got up to the last time we all met in person in 2019! Watch video here!
Many thanks to Cloughjordan House and Djangos Hostel for supporting this event with accommodation as well as Martin Maguire, Sandra Williams and Sarah Thornton. And of course a big thanks to our local caterers keeping us feed everyone all weekend – The Night Orchard, Greg and Brenda Catering, and Philippa Jeungst for snacks and traybakes.