Cairde Sligo Arts Festival are inviting you to run away and join the circus!

Celebrating 250 Years of Circus  at Cairde Sligo Arts Festival 2018

The Big Top comes to Stephen Street Car Park from 12th to 14th July 2018

The first ever circus was invented by Philip Astley in 1768, in the centre of London. 2018 marks 250 years since that date. The first place Astley travelled outside the UK capital was to Dublin – bringing circus to Ireland before anywhere else.Here in County Sligo, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival 2018 is in full swing with an incredible range of music, theatre, spoken word, dance, poetry trails, visual art, and children’s and family events taking place this week!

Now in its tenth year, the Festival is delighted to announce a major new addition to the Festival in 2018; a Big Top tent has moved in to Stephens Street Carpark, with a specially selected programme of events from today Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th July. The Big top will be filled with circus, street theatre and cabaret performances; with Tumble Circus and the legendary Britain’s Got Talent Semi-finalists Lords of Strut; a family concert with MOXIE, clowning and circus workshops for children, and a night of comedy with Karl Spain, Danny O’Brien and Eve Darcy.

Each day in Stephen St. Car Park at 1.30 pm Lulu, a street artist that can’t be contained in any gallery, invites passersby to enter her crazy world of make believe where magic happens right in front of you! Against a background of madness, scenes will unfold, pouring from her pen onto paper, turning the 2D world of sketching into a 3D experience for the child in all of us.

The Big Top opens today at 2.30 pm, and children and their families can shake, move, wiggle and bounce to the sounds of One World DJ Will Softly. Will has inspired kids all over Ireland to shake their thang at festivals including Electric Picnic, Body and Soul and many more. The One worlds Kids Disco with Will Softley costs €5 for children and adults go free – a Cairde festival favourite!

At 6 pm a family concert with MOXIE is an event not to be missed! MOXIE have a solid Irish backbone, inspired and shaped by the surroundings of the west of Ireland, but with progressive, world and jazz influences in their musical pot it makes for a truly heady and distinctive sound, putting them at the forefront of new acoustic music from Ireland. Todays the date – Thursday, July 12, 6pm. Tickets cost €12 for adults €6 for under 18s and €30 for a family of four.

Forget what you think Irish circus is, and give you and your family one incredible hour of extraordinary feats of circus skills at the Big Top at Tumble Circus Unsuitable on either Friday July 13 at 6 pm or Saturday 14 at 3 pm. Or both! The award-winning Tumble Circus is much more than your average high-wire act, mixing breathtaking spectacle with theatre and comedy. Laugh, be enlightened and entertained by a cast of five internationally renowned circus artists – acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and clowns. Tickets cost €12 for adults €6 for children and €30 for a family of four.

Join the international crew of award winning Tumble Circus for a fun filled and energetic 90 minutes of circus workshop fun for children. Taking place on both Friday July 13 (LIMITED PLACES) and Saturday 14 (SOLD OUT), from 11.30 am to 1 pm, these workshops will cover an introduction to circus skills including juggling, balance, diabolo, trapeze, clowning, slack rope and acrobatics. Ticket cost €8 for children aged 8 to 12.

Enjoy a Friday night comedy club at The Big Top on July 13 with Karl Spain, Danny O’Brien, Eve Darcy and Ger Staunton taking to the stage from 9pm. Tickets for Comedy at The Big Top cost €14. Recommended Age is 16+.

And finally, on closing night see Lords of Strut as you have always wanted, FULL craic… smashing out the freakiest funniest routines and sexiest routines that these high fashion dancing legends can manage through their endless melodrama. No one does absurd dancing soap operas better than the LORDS OF STRUT! Laughs come fast and hard as the boys leap around in less clothing than a naturalist at a bongo party and generally unleash a full dose of madness. Lords of Strut Release the Freak, Saturday July 14, 8pm at The Big Top. Tickets: €14 (For ages 16+)

To book tickets and find out more head to the Cairde website.


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