We are creators of magic, made together. We are circus.

Download the Galway Community Circus Strategic Plan 2023-2027

Our Vision (the idea that motivates us)

A future in which play, care and creativity are nurtured through circus education accessible to every child in Ireland.

Our Mission (what we do)

We foster the growth of youth circus in Ireland and internationally through our dynamic circus school.

Our Purpose (why we do it)

We are striving to create connection, empower expression and support social change.

Our Values (what guides us)

We value creativity and self-expression and bring a sense of fun, play and curiosity to everything we do.


We create a safe space of care for everyone within our circus community, put our participants at the centre of our practice, and always strive for diversity, inclusion and equality.


We value perseverance and embrace failure as an opportunity to learn and grow.


We are committed to active learning and sharing our knowledge with others and strive to build lasting relationships.


We are a responsible organisation, clear in our duties to each other and to those who support our work and actively conscious of our environmental impact.

Circus is the art of possibility. Not just an art form, circus is a unique, hard-working, creative community where everyone is welcome, diversity and difference are actively embraced, and everyone is encouraged to dream. At Galway Community Circus we don’t just teach circus techniques, we impart the unique values of circus. These values guide and motivate the attitudes, behaviour and decision-making of members, artists, staff and volunteers alike.

Our Outcomes Model

We are focused on three core drivers of human development: competence, agency and connectedness. We measure the impact of our work against this framework. We share our learning with others and contribute to the growing evidence base for the impact of circus. Our model is dynamic, we are always listening for and responding to the unique experiences of our community members.

Our Goals

  1. Grow the impact of our dynamic circus school in Galway
  2. Share our model of inclusive circus education throughout Ireland
  3. Develop and professionalise circus education with academic, national, and international partners
  4. Build a community of valued circus professionals
  5. Create a secure sustainable future for the company