We're so excited to bring back our Mayhem Youth Circus Festival for a second year. We will have a week full of programming, including performances, games, workshops and circus talks. Events will be held both outside at Shantalla Park and online on Zoom and on our Facebook page.

All events are offered FREE OF CHARGE thanks to our funding partners The Arts Council, Erasmus+ and Galway City Council. A special thank you to the Community Foundation for Ireland and the RTE Comic Relief Fund for enabling us to host more events and content online.



Saturday 22, May - Sunday, 23 May

10:30am - 12pm, 1 - 2.30pm and 3:30 - 5pm
FREE | Ages 8-24| Shantalla Park

Funambulism, the art of tightwire walking with a balancing pole, is a fun way to practise your balance, mindfulness and self-awareness. Starting on slacklines 30cm off the ground, participants learn to use the balancing pole and build toward higher wires, with the emphasis on building technique and practising focus. Suitable for all body types, ages and fitness levels, funambulism is an accessible art-form suited to anyone with the enthusiasm to try it.

Must pre-book online here
. All COVID-19/public health guidelines will be followed.


Saturday, 22 May

8pm on Zoom
FREE | All ages

A special edition Mayhem Festival Scratch Night featuring performances from youth circus artists and professional guest artists from around the country. We will have a fun game night following the virtual show. Hosted and produced by our youth-led Scratch Night team.

Email juliette@galwaycircus.com for the Zoom link.


Monday, 24 May

Running Away with the Circus – A Volunteer Year in Europe with the European Solidarity Corps

5-6pm on Zoom
FREE | All ages

A panel discussion with current and former volunteers on what European volunteering experience can give to volunteers, circus schools and their communities. Join us to find out more about the European Solidarity Corps programme and how you can take part in it.

Register here. Zoom link will be sent via email prior to the event.

Wednesday, 26 May

Our Love for The Streets

5-6pm on Zoom
FREE | All ages

Performance of ‘New Stool - Old Fool’ by Grant Goldie commissioned by the National Circus Festival of Ireland followed up by tea and chats with singer-songwriter Niceol Blue from the Galway Buskers Community about what street performance and busking means to Galway.

Register here. Zoom link will be sent via email prior to the event.

Friday, 28 May

Youth Circus in Ireland - What Does It Mean to Us and Why Do We Do It?

5-6pm on Zoom
FREE | All ages

Join youth circus members from Belfast, Cloughjordan and Galway for this roundtable talk to hear them share all things circus. How are Irish youth circuses adjusting to life during the pandemic? What is the world record for toilet paper juggling? What is next for Irish youth circus?

Register here. Zoom link will be sent via email prior to the event.


Sunday, 30 May

10am-12pm | FREE | All ages | Shantalla Park

A mix of taster workshops for all circus lovers consisting of introductory circus activities where participants will play fun games and learn tips to improve their circus skills while making new friends. There will be three separate workshops that participants will rotate between, giving the opportunity to practice solo acrobatics, juggling and circus/theatre games.

Must pre-book online here
. All COVID-19/public health guidelines will be followed.


Festival Finale


24 - 28 May

FREE | All ages | GCC Facebook page

We will be sharing free circus workshops and fun content on our Facebook page throughout the week.