Temple Bar Circus Festival

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Country and Region IrelandDublin
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Temple Bar Cultural Trust
12 East Essex Street
Temple Bar
Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone: +353 1 677 2255
Email: info@templebar.ie

Festival Description

From comic trapeze to aerial circus feats, roving dancers, comedy, a circus cruise and street samba, the Temple Bar Circus Festival (9th – 12th July 2009) has announced an exciting programme featuring over 50 unique circus skill performers and award-winning acts for what will be the biggest Circus Festival in Temple Bar to date.

Organised by Temple Bar Cultural Trust, the festival is an action-filled showcase for world class circus and breath-taking performances with the best of Irish and international acts to entertain people of all ages, young and old.

Renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere, this year’s festival is packed with a host of outdoor events taking place across the public spaces and streets of Temple Bar, as well as plenty of interactive workshops from Circus Skills to Acrobatics and Art Jam to Clay Animation where children, young people and adults alike get the opportunity to enhance their creative abilities or learn some tricks of the circus trade.

Lorraine Maye, Circus Festival Programmer, Temple Bar Cultural Trust, has chosen a range of diverse performers from all over the world to ensure the festival features unique and top quality acts that suit a broad audience.

“We are delighted with this year’s line-up; we have fantastic street and aerial acts that will really impress the audience and draw the crowds into the open spaces of Temple Bar. We’ve put a bigger emphasis on interactive shows this year as audiences like to participate in the antics. There’s also a nice range of workshops which provide an opportunity for parents and kids to be creative together. Anyone looking for an adventure, a laugh and hours of free entertainment should venture into Temple Bar over the four days; it is guaranteed excitement and memorable entertainment.”

Visually-speaking the highlights of the Circus Festival include the Loyal Club, an award-winning show of comic trapeze and gigantic balloons, the Von Trolley Quartet from Australia who combine musical routine with slap-stick circus skills, the Great Vasili’s Eruption, the eastern European circus phenomenon who performs a handstand 5 metres above the heads of the audience, the Barren Carrousel, a dazzling aerial circus troupe who perform on long colourful silks and the Magical Circus Cruise with award-winning entertainer Brendan Byrne.

While Temple Bar is transformed into a circus arena and the streets are filled with entertaining walkabouts, don’t forget to stop by one of Temple Bar’s three outdoor markets – the Food Market, the Book Market or Designer Mart at Cow’s Lane – all of which will be getting in on the act!

Festival Dates July 9 - 12, 2009
Festival Links


Festival Events:

Featured performance 2009:
  • BLOCK PARTY!, Choreographed by Robert Connor & Loretta Yurick
    Performance — July 9th at 6:00pm, Dublin, Meeting House Square
    • Block Party! a playful performance for Public Spaces Touring in 2009 Roving dancers and musicians, flying blocks, vanishing structures, instant architecture — it’s a BLOCK PARTY! Six dazzling dancers, plus explosive percussion played live by Brian Fleming & friends, perform this movable feast for the eyes and the senses, for the adult and the child (in you). Merging the worlds of dance, music and architecture, this Outdoor Spectacle will immerse you in a vibrant world of colour and play with giant-sized Toy Blocks, creating designs more clever than a Rubik’s Cube on pointe. Choreographed by DTI Artistic Directors Robert Connor & Loretta Yurick. Innovative sculptor Andrew Clancy created the Blocks and dancers include: Adam Murphy, Khyle Eccles, Cosimo De Tommaso, Kathleen Doherty, Mirjam Gurtner and Sandro Franchini. “…dancers spilled in and out of structures…transformed into couches, houses… limitless possibilities…joyous leaps, sprints… and dance licks…such fun…real stars”
      M. Seaver, IRISH TIMES
      Block Party! is a Dance Theatre of Ireland production. For more information visit
Events at a Glance 2009:
    • THE LOYAL CLUB 1pm Meeting House Square
    • DRAGON WALKABOUT 1pm Streets of Temple Bar
    • VON TROLLEY QUARTET 2pm Temple Bar Square
    • DRAGON WALKABOUT 3pm Streets of Temple Bar
    • THE PITTS 3.30pm Old City
    • THE LOYAL CLUB 4pm Meeting House Square
    • DRAGON WALKABOUT 4pm Streets of Temple Bar
    • THE PITTS 5.15pm Old City
    • BLOCK PARTY 6pm Meeting House Square
    • VON TROLLEY QUARTET 6.30pm Temple Bar Square
    • ART JAM 7.30pm Curved Street
  • FRIDAY 10th JULY
    • S - FACTOR 12 noon Old City
    • THE GREAT VASILI 1.15pm Temple Bar Square
    • MASAMBA CIRCUS walkabout 1.30pm Streets of Temple Bar
    • CANNONBALL CIRCUS 2.30pm Meeting House Square
    • THE BARREN CARROUSEL 3.30pm Meeting House Square
    • CANNONBALL CIRCUS 4.30pm Meeting House Square
    • FACE PAINTING WORKSHOP 4.30pm Filmbase, Curved Street
    • S - FACTOR 5pm Old City
    • THE GREAT VASILI 6.15pm Temple Bar Square
    • THE BARREN CARROUSEL 9pm Meeting House Square
    • MOULIN ROUGE (movie) 10pm Meeting House Square
    • MOUSTACHA 12noon Old City
    • CHINESE POLE WORKSHOP 12noon Ss Michael & John’s
    • THE MAGILLIGANS (walkabout) 1pm Streets of Temple Bar
    • MAN IN A BOX 1pm Old City
    • FACE PAINTING WORKSHOP 2pm Filmbase, Curved Street
    • MOUSTACHA 2pm Temple Bar Square
    • MAGICAL CIRCUS CRUISE 2.15pm Spirit of the Docklands
    • THE MAGILLIGANS (performance) 3pm Old City
    • MAN IN A BOX 3pm Meeting House Square
    • MAN IN A BOX 4pm Temple Bar Square
    • MAGICAL CIRCUS CRUISE 4.15pm Spirit of the Docklands
    • ADVENTURELAND (movie) 10pm Meeting House Square
    • VICTORIAN GENT 12noon Streets of Temple Bar
    • IT’S NOT MY FAULT 12noon Temple Bar Square
    • TUMBLE CIRCUS 1pm Meeting House Square
    • ANIMATAZZ 2pm Filmbase, Curved Street
    • ACROBATIC WORKSHOP 2pm Ss Michael & John’s
    • ANIMATAZZ 3pm Filmbase, Curved Street
    • ANIMATAZZ 4pm Filmbase, Curved Street
    • CIRCUS SKILLS WORKSHOP 4.30pm Ss Michael & John’s
    • GANDINI JUGGLERS 2pm Meeting House Square
    • VICTORIAN GENT 2pm Streets of Temple Bar
    • IT’S NOT MY FAULT 3pm Old City
    • GANDINI JUGGLERS 4pm Meeting House Square
    • MILITANT TRAFFIC WARDEN 4pm Streets of Temple Bar
    • TUMBLE CIRCUS 4.45pm Meeting House Square
    • MILITANT TRAFFIC WARDEN 6pm Streets of Temple Bar
Full schedule 2009:
  • Festival program flyer


Practical Info:

  • Meeting House Square and other locations in Temple Bar
Event/Booking Information 2009:
  • All events as part of the Temple Bar Circus Festival are FREE but some require the collection of FREE tickets or advance booking — booking details listed under each event.
    • Tickets will be available from June 25, 2009. Tickets can be collected from the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre. We are located opposite the entrance to Meeting House Square at 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
    • Booking is essential for all workshops and places are limited. To book your place, please phone our Culture Line: 01 888 3610 or email us at info@templebar.ie>
    • Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre opening hours:
      Monday – Friday: 9am – 5.30pm
      Saturday: 10am – 6pm
      Sunday 12noon – 3pm
      We are open throughout lunch!


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