Mayhem Youth Circus Festival 21-28 May

Our 4th annual Mayhem Youth Circus Festival will take place 21-28 May. Join us for FREE events open to the public - booking now open.

The Mayhem Youth Circus Festival is Galway Community Circus's annual festival celebrating circus. We have a full week of programming for our members and events for the general public to enjoy.

Most events are offered free of charge thanks to our funding partners Arts Council Ireland, Erasmus+ and Galway City Council.

Mayhem Youth Circus Festival Schedule of Events

Event Date Time Location
Youth Ensemble show 21 May 6pm St. Joseph's Community Centre
Circus in the Park 28 May 9am-4pm Father Burke Park
Scratch Night 28 May 6:30pm St. Joseph's Community Centre

'Chimera' - a performance by the Galway Community Circus Youth Ensemble

Sunday, 21 May | 6pm | St. Joseph's Community Centre
Open to the public
All ages
Regular priced ticket: €10 plus €1.17 fee
Discounted ticket for children 12 and under, students and seniors 65+: €7 plus €1 fee

“We played dolls in that house.”

Join a delightful tribute to an enchanting world of playful magic as our lively cast of characters embark on a journey exploring childhood's joys and challenges. Bring the whole family to experience the wonder of 'Chimera' - after all, who says toys are just for kids?

{Chimera - a thing which is hoped for but is illusory or impossible to achieve.}

The Galway Community Circus Youth Ensemble is a group of young people aged 15-24 who have worked together to create their own professional circus show. Our Youth Ensemble is funded by Arts Council Ireland.

Circus in the Park

Sunday, 28 May | 9am-4pm | Father Burke Park
Open to the public
Ages 5-24
FREE - booking is required

Join us for a fun day of circus in our big top tent at Father Burke Park! The day will feature mix of taster workshops for all circus lovers including introductory circus activities where participants will play fun games, learn new skills and make new friends. In each workshop, participants will rotate to different stations and have the opportunity to practice skills like acrobatics and juggling and play circus/theatre games and more.

There will be 6 different workshops throughout the day. Booking is required for your child/children only. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend and participate but are not required to.

Workshop 1: 9-10am
Workshop 2: 10-11am
Workshop 3: 11-12pm
Workshop 4: 1-2pm
Workshop 5: 2-3pm
Workshop 6: 3-4pm

Book your slot at the link below.

Father Burke Park is located on Father Griffin Road opposite the Fire station. No parking. City centre parking is located nearby.

Scratch Night

Sunday, 28 May | 6:30pm | St. Joseph's Community Centre
Open to the public
All ages
FREE - booking is required

Join us for a fun night of circus performance! Scratch Night is a cabaret-style performance opportunity, similar to open mic nights, where artists perform a sequence or routine of their own creation.

Scratch Night offers a safe and welcoming atmosphere for anyone to grow and experiment with the art of performance through an informal circus show. Scratch Night aims to provide a fun space for people to get to know each other and to immerse themselves in the world of circus. All are welcome to attend and ages 12+ are invited to perform.

If you are interested in performing an act for Scratch Night, please email isabela@galwaycircus.com.
More details about performing can be found here.

Circus Explored Youth Exchange in Galway

27-28 May
Galway Community Circus members only

Circus Explored is bringing young people from youth circus organisations on both sides of the border together at key events in the youth circus calendar in Belfast and Galway through the Shared Island Initiative.

The second of two Circus Explored Youth Exchanges, this exchange will bring young circus delegates from Circusful in Belfast and In Your Space in Derry, down to Galway for the Mayhem Youth Circus Festival.

Circus Explored is produced by the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network and is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme in the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media as well as under the government’s Shared Island Initiative in the Department of the Taoiseach.

More info can be found here.