National Circus Of Ireland Returns To Tralee Next Weekend

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Festival Director Con Horgan at the parade to mark the end of the National Circus Festival of Ireland in 2019. Photo by Dermot Crean

WITH all the excitement of Halloween, it’s worth remembering that there’s more magical mayhem to look forward to next weekend when the National Circus Festival returns to Tralee from November 4th -7th.

Celebrating 20 years of circus skills and arts, the Festival features a jammed packed programme of both Irish and international acts performing a variety of shows, ensuring something wonderful for all the family and circus folk out there to enjoy.

Known for being the western light-house of all things circus and street art performance, the National Circus Festival of Ireland has grown from strength to strength.

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Artistic Director, Con Horgan, said “It’s happening, real life people doing real life performances, workshops, Q&As and anything else you can think of! We’ve really gone above and beyond for our programme this year and have an extremely delightful blend of Irish and international acts who are all just dying to get back on stage.”

Festival goers can enjoy headline shows, the inimitable Nueveuno and the Circus Double Bill featuring world-renowned Wes Peden and Maleta Company over the course of the weekend while families can spend a Sunday afternoon experiencing a brand new festival-commissioned show “A Matter of Time” by Irish company, TeaTime.

Festival artist aficionados will see festival favourites such as the Circus Convention, Renegade Stage, Circus Sideshow Festival Club, and the Irish Street Art Circus and Spectacle Network event “Share” back in action this year, while many will be intrigued by the new addition of Bachram, an Irish Circus Showcase and International Networking opportunity to meet the artists and programmers.

For all those little acrobats, jugglers and circus-mad kids in your life looking for a bit more of an active experience with circus skills, children’s workshops in juggling, object balance, hoop, plate spinning, poi and flower sticks instructed by Angelica Santander are taking place on the Saturday and Sunday of the Festival.

Mr. Horgan continued, “We couldn’t be more excited to be back with a full in-person, live line up, but we are, of course, taking all the necessary precautions and respecting our venue partners Covid policies on mask wearing and social distancing. And for those who are still a little nervous of travelling down ‘south-whest’, we’re even going to be streaming some of our headline shows through our website so you don’t have any excuse!”

The National Circus Festival is delivering one of its biggest offerings to date for its 20th edition including streaming options for all of the major events. Options for individual event tickets and convention tickets are available and are on sale from

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  1. Hi what time does it start