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ISACS Summer Storm…of activities & news!

Summer is here and we have loads of good news for you, invitations to events and updates on our activities!
And it's even more exciting than the first episode of Game of Thrones season 7 …

But first, Let us storm your inboxes with our major news:
Don't miss this years' very special Spraoi 25 edition, with a rich artistic programme in development programmes, new artists presentations and professional networking events.
– Culture Ireland's call for Irish Delegates to FiraTarrega in Spain is now open!
– Arts Council Ireland presents their new funding Frame Work!
Cork Midsummer Festival & Circus 250 call for applicants!
– ISACS has a new membership scheme!

We've also collected all the latest news on upcoming events, training, jobs, projects, conferences and residencies in the sector. Read on for more info on our major news and members' activities. 


Spraoi /ISACS programmes

Cancel all your plans on the 4th,5th and 6th of August! You're going to Spraoi, Festival!
ISACS is delighted to have teamed up with Spraoi to add four special artistic and professional activities to Spraoi Festival 2017 programme.

Come discover ISACS artists Lords of Strut and Nicholas Kavanagh of Curious State company new shows The Street and The Foolhardy Three Irish Premiere and support our 3 Irish New Emerging Street Talents – NEST: Kadira Theatre, Sevesfeathers and Tom Campbell.

Don't miss the chance to network your legs off with the ISAN network at ISAN on the Road and FiraTàrregaHH ProductiesMirabilia Festival Europeo and Festival Spoffin programmers brought to you by Culture Ireland SeeHere Programme.

Spraoi have called back the best of the best street arts lineup of the last 25 years to celebrate their anniversary along with their night time spectacular – 'Source to Sea'

If you are an ISACS Member and want to be part of all of this, then why not apply for the #DELVE17 programme –  there to support our members to get out and about.

#Spraoi25 #NEST17 #Delve17 #SeeHere #ISAN

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Fira Tarrega

Call for Irish delegation 
September 2017

 Join ISACS in Spain for Fira Tarrega one of the biggest street arts festivals around! Culture Ireland call now open!

Spraoi DELVE 17

#DELVE17 at Spraoi
August 2017

Join ISACS and participate in DELVE17 – for ISACS members only – over 20 shows + networking events.

Circus 250 Irish Call

Call out for Irish Projects

Circus 250 invites you to create your own special event to mark the birth of circus 250 years ago in 2018.
So go dream up your projects, partnerships. ideas, events. More info here.

Cork Midsummer Call

Artists Call out – circus/hip-hop

Cork Midsummer Festival is seeking for a lead artist and 10 early career Irish artists to take part in a Circus250 circus/hip-hop international project. Info here.
Deadline for applications 21st August.

Recent Highlights

Make Great Art Work
New funding Framework!

Arts Council Ireland has announced its new funding framework (2018 – 2020) Making Great Art Work with 5 new categories.

This new framework is part of the Council’s commitment to review all existing funding programmes to ensure that the artist and public engagement is embedded across all of its future funding supports.

Next info session on 28th July

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Focus su irlanda stats
ISACS @ Mirabilia Fest

Many thanks to Culture Ireland for supporting ISACS artists MaletaDueda and Francesca Castellano, who took part in #Focus Su Irlanda at Mirabilia Festival

In addition, the ISACS team also attended the Circostrada General Meeting working on a variety of projects including the preparation of Fresh Street #3 hosted by ISACS in Galway in 2019 in partnership with Galway 2020 and NUIG.

View Focus Su Irlanda Infographics & pictures

Wires Crossed
Wires Crossed – First steps

Wires Crossed – A Balancing Act For Europe took its first steps in Galway this month. 

Wires Crossed is an anchor project of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, produced by ISACS member Galway Community Circus which aims to train some 400 people in the art of funambulism (wire walking) over the next four years. 

Discover the four of the Irish trainees – ISACS members, Aidan Phelan, Sandra Gonzalez BanderaEoghan MacMathuna, Tony Mahon, first impressions and pictures of the training.
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ISACS new membership
NEW! Membership schemes & options

We have introduced new prices and categories in our membership packages with a trial/first-timers option at 30 euros, 2 options for individual members and 4 options for organisations.

Our opportunities pages (training, call outs, meetups/conferences, residencies/research, jobs & funding) are now exclusive to members-only. Opportunities from partners and members remain public.

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Members News
Do not miss out on upcoming events and opportunities!
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Keep an eye on our website members' event. section


Fire Fusion
Fairy Hooper – Bunclody
Date | 21 & 23 July 2017

Two Day Origami Challenge [FB]
Kiki Theatre Group – Portlaoise
Date | 28th & 29th July 2017

Free Bunting Workshop
Cork Community Art Link
Date | 1st August 2017

Spraoi Festival
Spraoi Waterford
Date | 4th-6th August 

[NEST17] at Spraoi

The Clayhead Show Tom Campbell
Blanca agus Rua Kadira Theatre
(im)Balances Severine De Maingreau

Date | 4th & 5th August

The Street
Lords of Strut – Spraoi
Spraoi Festival

The Foolhardy Three
Curious State – Spraoi
Spraoi Festival

R3D Present HELLIONS [burlesque/circus/theatre show]
Niamh Creely / Fifi la Roux – Dublin
Date | 11th & 12th August 2017.

Raven Eyed [aerial show]
Kilkenny Arts Festival
Date | 11th-19th August

2nd Birthday and Open Stage
Dublin Circus Project
Date | 26th August 2017

The Origami Festival 2017
Kiki Theatre Group
Date | 26th Aug- 3rd Sept 2017

Cork Ghost tour
Damian Punch
Date | April-September 2017



Loosysmokes - Raven Eyed
Loosysmokes – Kilkenny Arts festival – Arts Council awards
Raven Eyed – 11-19 August 2017

Streams of Bunclody prog
Fairy Hooper  Streams of Bunclody- Fire & Music Spectacular
Fire Fusion –
21 & 23 July 2017

Lords of Strut - Absolute Legends
Lords of Strut – Fringe Dub
Absolute Legends – September 2017

Circus Jukebox Tour
Fanzini – European Tour
Circus JukeBox July/August 2017


Aerial Dance Fest 2018
Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Festival – New dates announced!
23rd June to 8th
July, 2018Donegal

Circus Factory
Circus Factory new Circus Arts Festival in Cork: Pitch'd
Sept 15th-17th, 21st-24th, 29th-Oct 1st.


Taster Workshop: Aerial Silks + Hoop
 Aerial Cirque – Dublin

Date | 8th July, 22nd & 29th of July 

Weekly aerial training  
Taking Flight – Dublin

Dates | 17th- 25th July 2017

Aerial adult & children classes
Aerial Cirque – Dublin

Date | July- August 2017

Weekly kids & adults aerial classes
AcroAer -Sligo

Date | July – August 2017  

Teen Circus
Circus Factory – Cork
Date |  20th July 2017 

Hula Hoop Workshop with The Fairy Hooper
Circus Factory – Cork
Date | 29th July 2017

The Human Object – 2 Day Juggling Workshop
Circus Factory – Cork

Date | 16th – 17th August 2017 

Free eight-day outdoor arts training
Plovdiv School of Spectacle – BULGARIA 
Date | 30th Sep – 7th Oct 2017

Deadline | 31st August 2017 

Vertical Dance Intensive with Wanda Moretti
Irish Aerial Creation Centre – Limerick

Date | 4th-9th September 2017   

Weekend Clown Workshop
Jon Davison | Dublin Circus Project

Date | 9th – 10th September 2017

***Competition*** Irish Aerial Creation Centre
WIN A PLACE on Wanda Moretti's Vertical Dance workshop! 
Deadline | 6th August 2017

The IACC in Limerick and Fidget Feet are giving away a place on this 5 day course!
To enter, all you have to do is:

  1. Click "Going" on the Facebook event
    click here!
  2. Post your name on the Facebook event
  3. Share the event on your Facebook news feed

The winner will be announced 1pm Thursday 10th. Good luck!


Call for Participation in Irish Delegation at FiraTàrrega [September 2017]
Culture Ireland – Spain

Deadline | 31st July 2017

Spraoi 2017 – Waterford Date | 4 – 5 – 6th August 2017

FRINGE FUSE call out for Experimental Circus!

DEADLINE | Friday 11th August 2017 

Lead Irish artist on circus/hip hop for Circus250 project in 2018
Cork Midsummer Festival – EUROPE

Deadline | 21st August 2017 




Aerial Research residency
Emily Aoibheann / Dying Breeds – Dublin

Date | 31st July – 4th August 2017




Seeking experienced coaches for floor and aerial acrobatics
Taking Flights aerial & acrobatics -Dublin

Deadline | 31th July 2017 


Creative Europe Mini-Showcase & Galway 2020 Panel discussion
Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Culture Office – Galway, IRELAND

Date | 21st July 2017 

ISAN on the Road – Waterford
ISAN / ISACS / Spraoi
Date | 6th August 2017

More opportunities available on our website! Browse through to find upcoming jobs, training, callouts, residencies, funding and conferences in the sector)
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ISACS member showcase - Spraoi

Members Showcase

Our members tell you more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the sector. This month we are featuring Waterford Spraoi….Read on!

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ISACS Members Directory

Meet Our Members

Our members range from individual artists to companies, training spaces, partnerships, festivals and more.
Check out all their profiles right here!

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New Members

Our members are individuals and organisations who actively support, create, participate and encourage the development of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle arts across Ireland. 

We would like to extend a huge welcome to the following new members who have recently joined ISACS growing network. Click on their name to view their membership profile.
Fay Geldof-DowlingGuy Carleton, and Aoife Raleigh


  • Annual Seminars & Networking events
  • Members profile & event listings on ISACS website
  • Members only professional development programs
  • Promotion via ISACS online media channels
  • Members Discounts & schemes on insurance, graphic design & accounting
  • Access to listing of current national & international opportunities
  • Regular Members-only newsletter
  • Mentoring & professional support
  • Members-only online/offline discussion groups
  • Members voting, AGM and Board of Directors candidacy rights
  • Invitations to national and international showcases and events

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