Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

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Circus & Carnival Arts

We support Circus Arts and Carnival Arts across Northern Ireland.

We recognise the unique contribution that these accessible artforms make to society and bringing communities together.

Circus arts and street theatre can embrace a variety of disciplines and techniques including acrobatics, clowning, trapeze, silks, contortion, stilts, juggling, music, spectacle, dance, physical theatre, and comedy.  There is a thriving Circus Arts sector in Northern Ireland and its work with young people is at the cutting edge of Circus Arts development internationally.

Carnivals bring people together.  Many festivals in Northern Ireland now include Carnival as part of their programming: this includes community based festivals and therefore reaffirms carnival as being one of the most accessible artforms both for participant and audience member.  Carnival Arts supports tourism and has an important economic contribution to make, it is used as an effective tool for community cohesion, social inclusion and the celebration of diversity within our society.


Carnival of Colours 2015

The arts make a huge impact at community level. Don't just take our word for it, check out this video from the recent Carnival of Colours which demonstrates how the Arts Council is continuing to provide valued support to artists & organisations across Northern Ireland. Thank you to our friends IN YOUR SPACE for sending us through the video

Posted by Arts Council of Northern Ireland on Sunday, September 27, 2015