Galway Community Circus, in partnership with nine European youth and social circus schools, will train 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.
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 will see 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.
In August 2020 Galway Community Circus ran Balance Summer Camps for adults and young people, where they practiced funambulism and balancing skills!