European Partnerships

At Galway Community Circus we work with our European partners to promote

  1. Mobility of young people through intra-European training, networking and performance opportunities
  2. Mobility of artists and youth workers through training programmes and opportunities for networking and sharing best practice
  3. Research and development in the field of youth and social circus, funded through the Erasmus+ programme

Most of our engagement with European partners is through the Caravan network.  

Caravan Network

The international association Caravan gathers fifteen youth and social circus schools, coming from thirteen European countries. Its objective is to promote circus practices in youth education throughout Europe and to favour their development, through concrete actions such as youth exchanges and training for trainers. Caravan strives to use circus arts to create positive personal, community and social change as well as to advocate for the positive impact of youth and social circus. Caravan operates on local, national and international levels in order to promote the inclusion of circus arts in formal and non-formal education.

Recent European events and projects Galway Community Circus has taken part in:

  • Caravan Youth Circus Festival, Finland (August 2015)
  • National Youth Circus Event, London (February 2016)
  • European Youth Circus Exchange, Galway (July 2016)
  • European Exchange for emerging artists, Gran Canaria (October 2016)
  • Circus Transformation in Action (2015-16) training-for-trainers project (Sweden, Finland, Belgium and Belfast)
  • Annual NICE (Network of International Circus Exchange) training-for-trainers meetings
  • International Games Exchange in Belgium (April 2015)
  • Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project with Cultural Centre PiiPoo from Finland on circus arts and disability, hosted by Galway Community Circus in June 2015.
  • General Assemblies and annual seminars of the Caravan Network
  • Circus+ research on youth and social circus pedagogy (2014-2016)
  • Annual EVS (European Volunteer Service) projects since 2013

Upcoming European partnership projects:

  • Strategic partnership project with partners from Prague and Brno in the Czech Republic, on emerging artists and young teachers 2016-17
  • Wires Crossed – A Balancing Act for Europe, an International community-based project empowering and connecting people through the art of circus and funambulism 2017-2020 (Galway 2020 project)


Supported by


C/o St Joseph's Community Centre,
Ashe Road, Shantalla, Galway
+353 85 111 7224
Charity number 17420
Company registration number 453185