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Youth Circus Cabaret - June 2019

Roll up, Roll up! It has come to that time again, when we are giving our young people the opportunity to showcase the skills that they have learned over their circus careers.

The Cabaret will be made up of members of our own Youth Circus, In Your Space Circus and Community Circus Lisburn. This cabaret will demonstrate the talent that young performers across Northern Ireland have to offer. These skilled young folk will be showcasing their talents, and demonstrating how circus can bring us all together! You may also spot a couple of special guest performers on the night.

This performance gives our young people, both Itty Bitty and Youth Circus, the opportunity to see what can be achieved on their circus journey and hopefully inspire their appetite for more!

Come along for an evening of circus madness on Sunday 23rd June @ 5pm! Tickets cost £5.

Online ticket sales have now closed, there will be a limited number of tickets available on the door. Please note that only cash will be accepted.

Adult Circus - Summer timetable!

Belfast Community Circus School has been running a session for adults every Wednesday night for the past ten years. This session caters for a mixture of professionals and hobbyists.

The class operates as a structured session comprising of: games, a warm up, one hours tuition (for example juggling, acrobatics or trapeze), conditioning and cool down, with juice and biscuits to finish. It is not compulsory to partake in the hour’s tuition, and this allows people of differing skill levels the freedom to make use of the class. Please wear clothing in which it's easy to move.

Adult Circus - Wednesdays - 7.30pm -9.30pm

Classes receive an element of subsidy from Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council, but we ask for a suggested donation of £8 per two hour session to help cover costs (£6 concession)


01/05/19 - E&M and Beginner's Trapeze

08/05/19 - Trampette and Intermediate Trapeze

15/05/19 - Trampette and Balancing

22/05/19 - Trampette and Balancing

29/05/19 - E&M and Chinese Pole

05/06/19 - E&M and Chinese Pole

12/06/19 - E&M and Chinese Pole

19/06/19 - Beginner's Trapeze and Chinese Pole

26/06/19 - Beginner's Trapeze and Acro

03/07/19 - Beginner's Trapeze and Tumbling

10/07/19 - <<< CLOSED >>>

17/07/19 - Beginner's Trapeze and Stilts

24/07/19 - Tight wire and Stilts

31/07/19 - Tight wire and Stilts

07/08/19 - Tight wire and Intermediate Trapeze

14/08/19 - Aerial and Intermediate Trapeze

21/08/19 - Aerial and Intermediate Trapeze

28/08/19 - Aerial and Acro

Timetable to be updated until August - Watch this space!

Except where marked as 'beginners trapeze', aerial skills are for those with previous aerial experience, for safety reasons. At the moment Adult Circus is very popular. Due to Health and Safety regulations and our ‘open door’ policy, we may have to turn people away, if there are too many people who turn up on the evening. In this event, we will give preference to our members over non-members.

Membership costs £15 per year for an individual.

For more information, email or call 02890 236 007

Join our team!

Are you a first class project manager? Would you like to take on an additional project between now and the end of October? (Self-employed/Freelancer)

Do you have an eye for detail, love seeing a plan come together and enjoy ticking things off a list when done? Then you may be exactly who we are looking for.

Here at Belfast Community Circus School we are on a mission to:

  • review our facilities
  • prepare our buildings for winter
  • audit our use of storage (physical, data and electronic)
  • review our marketing plans and
  • create some improved internal systems and processes related to planning, evaluation and monitoring.

We are seeking to appoint a skilled project manager (on a self-employed/freelance basis) to oversee this work, select and manage specialist tradespeople (as necessary), keep an eye on the budget and work with the internal team to move us from where we are now to where we want to be by 31.10.19.

With the kind permission and support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we are using some of our existing grant to support this work.

For a confidential conversation about what exactly we need: Please call Jenna on 028 9023 6007 or email

The total budget for this work is up to £6,000 including VAT.

An introduction from our new Chief Executive, Jenna Hall

Jenna demonstrating her aerial hoop skills!

Almost three weeks ago I moved to Belfast to take up the role of Chief Executive for Belfast Community Circus School (BCCS). The move followed a summer of travel, training (flying trapeze) and too many wonky handstands photos, which in hindsight ruined the often far more beautiful views behind.

I’ve not looked back.

If my first 11 working days are anything to go by, I am going to love it here. The quality and quantity of work delivered by BCCS, Premiere and Festival of Fools is astonishing. The team, tutors and performers are full of skill, knowledge, energy and good humour. Our partners are sympathetic to how tough it has been for the organisation over the past few years and our members inspire me every time I pop into a class - whether it be Itty Bitty (2-7 year olds), Youth Circus (8-18 year olds) or Adult Circus. I’m looking forward to getting out to some of our Outreach projects in the next week or two as well as seeing the Youth Circus Christmas Cabaret (Book your tickets now:

Some priorities are emerging quicker than others...Three of my main ones for the remainder of this financial year are as follows: 1) To communicate brilliantly with each other, but also across the sector and to new audiences and communities. 2) To secure some longer term funding, alongside seeking renewal of our current grants, awards and contracts. 3) To ensure clarity, focus and purpose in our systems, processes and approaches - helping us all to work through the same simple systems to achieve the best possible results time and time again. There will be more, I am sure.

For now, I see it as my role to listen, to learn and to help shape the next year whilst I find my feet and understand more about what the team need, our members/students want and how best to get there, together. I also need to learn more about Belfast and Northern Ireland.

In terms of some background about me. I am from Devon originally, but have lived all over England, so starting afresh in an unfamiliar city is not unusual for me. That said, I am keen to pick up hints, tips etc from each of you - whether it be about who’s who, places to eat or where to head off to on a day trip - all suggestions welcome. If you see me passing by, please do be the first to say hello and, similarly, be patient as I try to learn a hundred new names and faces in a few weeks. Work wise I’ve always worked to improve outcomes for children and families, often through arts, culture and play. I’ve worked for some of the UK’s largest charities and some of the smallest. I’ve led some brilliant partnership projects and see real value in developing strong relationships across the charitable, public and private sectors. So, if you think we could do some interesting work together, please send me an email or come and say hello.

In short, I am beyond excited to have joined the organisation and to have this opportunity to lead us to achieve more than we ever thought possible. If you have ideas, feedback, comments or insight - I’d love to hear from you. Please send me an email to say hello.

Christmas Show for Circus250

Christmas has come around again and with it comes another amazing, cabaret style show from the Belfast Youth Circus, this year being particularly special as it is the 250th Anniversary of the birth of circus! This gives our Youth the opportunity to showcase their skills for this celebration.

Loved by adults and children alike, this years show promises to be bigger and better than ever - but you will have to see it to believe it! Showcasing the skills and abilities of the highly talented Youth Circus as they perform festive treats in an action packed cabaret format. Featuring a cast of 76 young people who will present a spectacular show featuring juggling, acrobatics, Chinese pole and aerial skills. There are 5 shows on over the weekend of Fri 14th - Sun 16th December, with one show on the Friday at 7pm and 2 shows daily on the Saturday and Sunday at 3pm and 6pm.

Tickets available NOW priced at £8.00 each, book fast as these tickets will fly out! You can purchase through the PayPal button here:

Christmas Show 2018

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