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Festival of Fools Producer 2020 - Opportunity to apply

Opportunity to apply to become the producer of Festival of Fools, 2020.

  • Have you always wanted to programme a world-class festival?
  • Do you enjoy working as part of a high energy, creative team?
  • Do you have experience of working on a Creative Europe funded piece of work?
  • Are you skilled, experienced, knowledgeable and prepared to learn?Are you skilled, experienced, knowledgeable and prepared to learn?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

Key facts:

  • Festival dates: Friday 1st May – Sunday 3rd May 2020. You must be available all weekend.
  • Deadline: 30th September, 4pm
  • Fee: Up to £16,000 including VAT and all other expenses.
  • Process: Job packs can be requested from Jenna Hall – Written expression of interest should be sent to . We may choose to interview in early October. Whether interviews will take place will be confirmed once expressions of interest have been assessed. Informal enquiries to Jenna via 028 9023 6007.
  • Start date: Ideally in November. No later than 1st December 2019.
  • End date: Once monitoring and evaluation reports are completed after Festival. Estimated end of June 2020.

The detail: Festival of Fools seeks a Festival Producer for the 2020 event. This is a great opportunity for someone with experience of managing street theatre festivals and/or an understanding of what it means to bring international and community acts together in the same programme.

Are you a confident individual who can plan well and get us ahead of the game this side of Christmas? If so, you could have lead responsibility for programming and producing a high-quality festival that engages, entertains and excites new and existing audiences alike. Like last year, the Festival Producer will play a key role in supporting fundraising applications and the development of the entire event. They will work closely with the leadership team of Belfast Community Circus School.

The successful applicant will be a self-starter, a problem solver, highly motivated and able to plan, organise and schedule a whole ton of stuff at once. The Festival Producer is also responsible for ensuring completion of the relevant evaluation, monitoring and post festival administration.

Arts Council for Northern Ireland supports this Festival Producer post.

Request for Quotations and Invitation to Tender

Would you, or anyone you know, like to be part of making Belfast Community Circus School's future more sustainable? If so, keep on reading!

We are commissioning four projects, for which we will need skilled freelancers to work alongside with while we take our first steps into making our operational plan a reality.

Invitation to tender – Defining our purpose, mission and vision and building capacity: Would you like work with Belfast Community Circus School to review its existing purpose, vision and mission and (if necessary) help us to establish new ones? Click here for more details and to download our quotation document

Request for quotation – Evaluating three of our programmes: Skilled in evaluation? Focused on outcomes and understanding social impact and purpose? Interested in helping Belfast Community Circus School to evaluate three of its programmes? If so, click here for more details and to download our quotation document

Request for quotation – Capital and refurbishment fundraising: Skilled in evaluation? Focused on outcomes and understanding social impact and purpose? Interested in helping Belfast Community Circus School to evaluate three of its programmes? If so, click here for more details and to download our quotation document

Request for quotation – Commercial income, business planning: Are you skilled at assessing business opportunities and pulling together realistic plans that deliver income, effective services and results? If so, click here for more details and to download our quotation document.

If you, or somebody you know, would be interested in completing the above areas of work please submit your quotation/tender to Jenna Hall at For those with any questions, Jenna can be contacted to discuss any queries.

We look forward to hearing from you!

All quotes and tender documents need to be submitted by 8am on Thursday, 22nd August.

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.

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