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The Celtic Circus is a unique collaboration which involves leading circus companies from Wales, Cornwall, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland exchanging ideas and experiences in the field of circus arts.
The four participating youth circuses are:
- Belfast Community Circus School
- Circo Kernow from Cornwall
- Galway Youth Circus from Galway
- NoFitState Circus from Cardiff
The Celtic Circus project has been established for two reasons. Firstly, Celtic Circus is a project designed to address the needs of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by building the capacity of the Celtic regions to deliver the highest quality youth circus performance to feed into the 2012 Olympics. Secondly, to explore the common experience of Youth Circus organisations operating on the fringes of the UK.and to support the exchange of information and ideas between young people from the Celtic regions and nations.
In April 2009 the Belfast Community Circus School hosted the first Celtic Circus Exchange.
In 2010 five of the Youth Circus participants went to Cardiff for the second exchange.