Everything you need to know about the National Circus of Ireland Festival

By Sarah Finnan

November 6, 2019 at 4:47pm

Everything you need to know about the National Circus of Ireland Festival

Running from November 14th to 17th, the fun will take place down in the Kingdom.

Now in its 18th year, the National Circus of Ireland Festival will hit Irish shores once again later this month.


Founded in 2001 by Con Horgan of Fanzini Productions, the festival has blossomed to become the western lighthouse for contemporary circus in Europe today.

Tralee will play home to various events, both indoors and out, bringing some of the world’s greatest circus artists and performers together for the National Circus of Ireland Festival...otherwise known as one big party.

There will be workshops for all ages and levels so you can see if you have what it takes to join the ranks of all the rest.

What kind of workshops? Workshops in any circus discipline you can imagine, from absolute novice to pro level. Juggling, acrobatics, trapeze…you name it.

Amongst other events organised throughout the weekend are talks, parades, independent circus film screenings and lots of opportunities to boogie and get your groove on.

Festival highlights include the Irish premiere of Fauna at Siamsa Tíre Theatre. Put on by Fauna Circus, winners of Best Circus at Edinburgh Fringe, audiences will be in for a rollercoaster ride of colour, music and theatrics.

Circus Siamsa will put on their own specially curated gala show on November 16th. Set to wow with their circus skills, dance and “face-melting comedy” there will be both international and homegrown talent alike.

Performers hail from Spain, Belgium, the UK, Germany, Argentina, Catalonia, Italy, Sweden and of course Ireland.

All hosted by Britain’s Got Talent Finalists and World Street Performance Champions Lords of Strut. Sounds like one hell of a show.

The festival will conclude with a parade on Sunday 17th. Promising to impress and light up the sky for one final hurrah.

Have a look at the full programme here.


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