Galway Community Circus, in partnership with nine European youth and social circus schools, trained thousands of people from 2016-2020 to walk the tightwire and experience funambulism's empowering, transformative effect.
This ambitious and inclusive project is building towards a major funambulism event where 400 people from all around Europe will cross the River Corrib and the Claddagh Basin together. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the crossing was not able to take place in 2020. The Wires Crossed team is planning a scaled down version of the original crossing for July 2022.
The site of the crossing was chosen in acknowledgement of the loss of life in the river in recent years through suicide. Wires Crossed aims to unite communities in a public display of solidarity, courage and hope, to highlight the importance of looking after our mental health through support, encouragement and courage.
The project has received funding from Erasmus+, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and Creative Europe. The Creative Europe funding is seeing the project develop into 2021, collaborating with universities such as the Université Libre de Bruxelles to publish scientific data on the wellness benefits of funambulism.
Galway Community Circus runs balance camps throughout the summer for adults and young people. To learn more about participating in funambulism workshops or camps, click here.
To learn more about the Wires Crossed project and funambulism, read our blogs, linked below:
Can't Spell Fun without Funambulism
Wires Crossed: The Journey and Beyond
Find Confidence, Hope and Joy at the Irish Centre of Funambulism
Step Off from worry, fear, doubt, angst, pressure, and ordinary – at Galway Community Circus.