Join our European Youth Ensemble and perform in LifeLine

Learn to wirewalk with us. We're looking for 6 Irish youth aged 13-17 to join our European Youth Ensemble and perform in the LifeLine spectacle!

What is LifeLine?

LifeLine is a public wirewalking event that will feature a cast of 150 people from all walks of life performing Europe’s largest highwire spectacle over the River Corrib and Claddagh Basin in the heart of Galway City. The event will take place on 16 of July and will include performances by community participants, professional artists and our European Youth Ensemble.

What is the European Youth Ensemble?

Our European Youth Ensemble will be made up of 42 youth from 7 countries. Participants will train in wirewalking in their own circus schools before taking part in a 9-day Erasmus+ funded youth exchange in Galway where they will create a performance together for the LifeLine spectacle. The theme of the exchange is funambulism and youth mental health & wellbeing, and participants will explore these topics together in a fun, creative way while developing their performance.

If you join the European Youth Ensemble you will...

  • Learn to wirewalk and prepare to cross the Claddagh Basin on the wire.
  • Take part in the youth exchange in Galway from Saturday 9th – Sunday 16th July 2022 together with GCC tutors Isabela, Lau and Ines.
  • Create two performances, one with the Irish ensemble and one with the international ensemble.
  • Perform in the LifeLine spectacle on 16th July. Costumes will be provided.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the wirewalking workshops and participation in the spectacle is free of charge for all performers. All food will also be provided during the youth exchange.

You will need to be available for these dates and times to learn how to wirewalk before the youth exchange:

Wednesday, 20 April 11:00 – 17:00
Thursday, 21 April 11:00 – 17:00
Friday, 22 April 10:30 – 13:00
Saturday, 21 May 10:30 – 13:00
Sunday, 22 May 10:30 – 13:00
Saturday, 04 June 10:30 – 13:00
Sunday, 05 June 10:30 – 13:00
Sunday, 19 June 11:00 – 17:00
Saturday, 02 July 10:30 – 13:00
Sunday, 03 July 10:30 – 13:00

How to apply

Please send a short motivation letter explaining why you want to be a part of the European Youth Ensemble to lauras@galwaycircus.com by 5pm on Thursday, 7th of April, 2022.

LifeLine - Erasmus+ Youth Exchange / European Youth Ensemble

LifeLine is produced and presented by Galway Community Circus and is funded by an Open Call award from Arts Council Ireland. Other funders, partners and contributors include Creative Europe, Erasmus+, Galway City Council, the European Centre of Funambulism, Ecolé de Cirque de Bruxelles, Cirkus Cirkör, CIRQUEON, Coraggio - Die Kulturanstifter, Circus Amersfoort and Școala de Circ.

European Youth Ensemble Callout