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National Circus Festival of Ireland, Tralee, Kerry

November 3 November 6

The festival offers a place where people can learn to fly, defy gravity and move with poetic grace and beauty. It offers a place where ordinary people can become extraordinary. Since then it has grown to be Ireland’s largest and most representative circus festival and one of the most exciting festivals in Ireland.

Just when you got your eyeballs back in their sockets, they are back!


Circus Siamsa
Sat 5th November – 2pm & 5.30pm – Circus
At the heart of the festival is Circus Siamsa, a variety show, held each year in Siamsa Tíre theatre.
This year, as every year, an entirely new show has been created by Fanzini Productions for the good
people of Tralee and beyond, bringing the stars of contemporary circus, street and variety
performance to the stage in Siamsa. It’s a family show but not just for kids! This year handpicked
acts from Canada, Italy, Spain, Germany, Venezuela, Mallorca, France and Sligo will come for one
day to thrill, delight and amaze the lucky audiences who are there to witness this unique spectacle!
This show is a highlight of the festival and not to be missed!


FRIDAY NIGHT:
Spéirial: Aerial Night:
Big Top Circus Tent 9:30 pm Friday night: Covered by Circus Sideshow entrance fee.
Join us for a night of aerial circus featuring some of the best acts of trapeze, aerial ring and silks on
the planet.


Festival Club: Circus Sideshow (included if you buy a convention ticket)
Fri 4th  – 10pm Big Top Circus Tent Tralee
Join us at ‘Circus Sideshow,” a bespoke festival club full of pop-up performances, brilliant music,
circus decor and some wonderful surprises!


Children’s Circus Workshops
Sat 5th & Sun 6th KDYS Hall, Denny Street Tralee
11am & 12noon daily
Learn how to juggle, spin plates, to the hula hoop and throw the Diablo. Run away with the circus for
a day!


A weekend of activities featuring: Saturday night, Renegade Stage, Festival Parade (Sunday at 3pm,
from Moyderwell Hall to town square,) Kamikaze clowns, festival walkabouts, 5×5, ISACS (Irish Street
Arts Circus & Spectacle Network) seminar, Hannes Jung eccentric fashioner of dreams.

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