In Your Space Circus presents Carnival of Colours at the Foyle Maritime Festival this weekend, supported by The National Lottery

27th June, 2024

Derry-Londonderry’s favourite circus and street arts festival, Carnival of Colours, is back for The Big Splash and dropping their anchor at the Foyle Maritime Festival this June, supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The festivities kicked off on Thursday 27 June and will continue until Sunday 30 June.

Youth circus performance at the Carnival of Colours.

The Carnival of Colours The Big Splash is a two-day annual circus, music and street arts festival which showcases local and international circus, theatre, arts and music talent in the northwest. The festival is free and is accessible art to all, featuring local talent and international acts in locations along the River Foyle at McFarland Quay (beside Sainsburys).

Cath McBride, Company Director, In Your Space Circus, said, “We are so excited to bring the power and joy of circus and street arts to the Foyle Martime Festival this weekend, thanks to The National Lottery players. The Carnival of Colours is an annual highlight in the arts calendar, and we have some extraordinary circus acts to share this year. We are also delighted to showcase local, emerging stars of circus on our Future Circus Stage where they will demonstrate their incredible talents and entertainment skills, so do come along and join in the circus fun!”

Gilly Campbell, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added, “In Your Space Circus is one of our leading professional circus arts organisations in NI and we are proud to support them, thanks to The National Lottery. The Carnival of Colours is just one of the many amazing events they present annually and funding from The National Lottery has been a game changer in supporting this organisation bring the joy of circus to the public, helping to bring great art to all. The line-up for this year’s festival is so impressive, with something to suit all ages, and I would encourage everyone to go along and take part in what promises to be a spectacular event this weekend.”

The Carnival of Colours this year features the amazing NoFit State who will present the Irish premiere of their new show Bamboo. Fanzini Productions will present their hilarious show, Ballet Poulet, and Mimbre will return the Festival with their astounding all-female acrobatic show Weight(less). Cikada Circus present their brand new show, Walk the Plank, and on top of all this amazing circus there will be more circus fun and the biggest beach ball you’ve ever see with family favourite, Jitterbug Jackson.

In Your Space Circus are committed to developing the next generation of circus talent and offer performance platforms to young, emerging circus artists from NI and beyond. In this year’s festival, the youth circus stars of tomorrow from Derry-Londonderry, Belfast and Galway, will be performing on the Future Circus Stage. There will also be a Baby Top Boardwalk where the public can try their hand at circus skills, get their face painted and strut their stuff at the Jellyfish Jam Disco.

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