Youth Circus is a powerful tool for social change, says director of Galway Community Circus


Galway Community Circus, University of Galway – Drama and Theater Studies and the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) will host Circus Education: Creativity and Inclusion in Learning, a free two-day conference taking place November 18-19 at the O’Donoghue Center at the University of Galway.

The first of its kind in Ireland, the conference explores the application of circus arts education at all levels to promote creativity, inclusion and social change. The conference is broadly aimed at those already engaged in youth circus practice as well as participants with an interest in youth circus in the fields of education, youth work, community academic and community.

The conference will feature hands-on workshops on pedagogical approaches to promote inclusion and creativity and discussions on a range of topics, including global perspectives on circus education, inclusive practices and youth participation in the circus of youth, promoting creativity and self-determination, confidence and community building. and future prospects for circus education in Ireland.

The conference will also include the first performance of the Galway Community Circus Youth Ensemble. Additionally, Galway Community Circus will celebrate its 20th anniversary and launch its new strategic plan.

“I look forward to welcoming everyone to the conference, to hearing all of the contributions, and to charting a course together for future recognition and growth of the value and important role this inspiring sector can play in shaping next generations,” said Lucy Medlycott, director of ISACS.

November also marks the start of the Galway Community Circus residency at the University of Galway. The circus has received funding through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Youth, Children and Education Residency Scheme and will provide education in three departments: Drama and Theater Performance, Early Childhood Education and Studies children.

“We are delighted to co-host a conference on integrating circus into education. Youth Circus is a powerful tool for social change,” said Ulla Hokkanen, Executive Creative Director at Galway Community Circus. “We are also delighted to be in residence at the University of Galway, as it will allow us time and support to assess, codify and document our methodology. The residency also follows our 7-year research project called Circus++ which resulted in the creation of a curriculum for the world’s first university-level course for young people and social circus teachers.

The Circus Education: Creativity and Inclusion in Learning Conference will be held on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November at the O’Donoghue Centre, University of Galway. The conference is free, but reservation is essential here:

Galway Community Circus is Ireland’s flagship organization for youth and social circus, located in the city of Galway with a local, national and international mission. Our goal is to promote the artistic, personal and social development of young people through the circus arts. We are committed to creating an innovative and imaginative learning experience where all young people can realize their full potential. Through our groundbreaking programs and high quality productions, Galway Community Circus has proven to be a cradle of artistic excellence and educational innovation in Ireland, working with over 600 young people from diverse backgrounds each week.

The Irish Street Arts Circus and Performing Arts Network (ISACS) is a leading example of an artist-driven organization supporting street, circus and performing art forms in Ireland. Their mission is to celebrate these art forms and to advocate for policy and practical changes that will allow the sector to thrive. ISACS values ​​include encouraging and empowering their members in their journey, in their professional development and in their creativity. This is made possible through the wonderful artistic development programs, scholarships, residencies and opportunities that ISACS offers to its members.


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