Full Steam Ahead with our Galway 2020 project Wires Crossed

Our Wires Crossed programme is one of the main anchor projects for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

Galway Community Circus kick started summer 2018 with Wires Crossed workshops - teaching people of all ages and levels the art of tight wire walking (funambulism) through May, June, July and September. One of the nine main anchor projects for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, this very special project is still in its growth stages and these workshops are to prepare for the spectacle that is to come and to actively start gathering participants who will take part in this project.

In July we made many exciting advances with our Wires Crossed Project as we kicked off out Level II Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Project with Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles, Cabuwazi, Denis Josselin Funamble d’Émotion, Bruno Fenette in association with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

We are thrilled to say that Wires Crossed has recently received three Erasmus+ grants via the Irish and German National Agencies. This €240,000 funding allows us to reach young people in Sweden, Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany and Ireland in 2018-2019, integrate young refugees through tightrope walking and provide professional development for social circus trainers building up to 2020.

Our trainers recently completed a week of training in Brussels, which challenged them to cross a canal at a height of 10 meters. It is fantastic to see the progress being made already on this project. On the first weekend of October you can see them crossing the Claddagh Pool during our next international training for trainers.

Now is your opportunity to get involved in this project as we are having open workshops as part of Culture Night 21st September 2018, 4-7pm, for ages 10+

This project is generously supported by Galway 2020 European Capital, Erasmus+, HSE, The Ireland Funds and Slackline Ireland. Contribution towards insurance to be paid at registration.

This is a fantastic chance for anyone to get involved in our Wires Crossed project. Over the next two years, we are aiming to train some 400 people in the art of funambulism leading to a major world record spectacle of crossing the River Corrib and the Claddagh Pool in Summer 2020. For more information on Wires Crossed you can check out our website.