The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) is an all-island artist-led resource organisation and membership network which supports and grows these collective artforms. ISACS celebrates, advocates, encourages and invests in the future development of the artists that work within these artforms. This we do through training, mentoring, resources, networking and more.

Circus Explored is a project led by the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network in association with Creative Ireland and in partnership with Galway Community Circus, Dublin Circus Project, Cloughjordan Circus Club and Circus Factory, Cork, In Your Space Circus Derry and Circusful Belfast.

In 2022, ISACS connected with every single Creative Ireland Coordinator and Head Librarian in each local authority in Ireland, engaging them directly in the distribution of 5,000 juggling sets to their communities. Youth-led video tutorials were created to share various elements of juggling techniques and skills. Open days were held in each of the four partners’ spaces for Cruinniú na nÓg, 11th June 2022.

In 2023 with Circus Explored children all over Ireland could learn how to spin a plate using our youth led Plate spinning online tutorials. Over 4,000 Spinning Plates were distributed to every county in Ireland…and it still wasn’t enough!

Furthermore, we developed a series of cross-community events connecting young people from both sides of the border with members of youth/social circus organisations all over the island for creative collaboration. The overall initiative concluded with an island-wide day of activity in each partner centre on Saturday, June 10th, to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg.

In 2024 ISACS is delighted to announce that Circus Explored is back to broaden the reach of the Circus Explored all-island aspects, in line with Creative Ireland’s increased focus on Shared Island initiatives, and with ISACS remit as a 32 county organisation.

This year we aim to use the physical creativity of circus to create deep and lasting cross-community cultural experiences for young people across our whole island. More details to come soon.

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