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We are fundraising to create a Dublin based circus training centre for public and professionals to learn, upskill, perform and teach.
97 backers pledged €5,157 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE / STRETCH GOAL: We are ecstatic to have recently reached our goal of €4000 for the Creation of the Dublin Circus Centre!! We are over the moon and extremely grateful to all of our backers for getting us this far and supporting us in our goal to make a Centre for circus in Dublin!

With just a few days left we are stretching our goal to €5000 to provide even more for you and the Centre than previously imagined. Our original goal of €4000 was the bare minimum of funds we needed to get the job done and create a well functioning Circus Centre. But with €5000 we could improve the quality of insulation we planned to provide, increase the heating capabilities of the centre, provide more equipment for circus classes and training and over all improve the ability to facilitate circus arts training in all of its forms.

We're going to keep aiming high for the next week and with your help have a huge impact on the circus arts in Dublin! Thank you for your support!

Dublin Circus Project (DCP) is fundraising for the upgrade to a new Dublin city centre based facility to provide adult circus education and to host circus events and performances. As a volunteer led, non profit organisation, we endeavor to expand awareness of and participation in the circus arts in Dublin. In so doing, we seek to enrich and improve the lives of the community, young and old.

This important move will mean we could offer classes in ground-based circus disciplines, such as juggling, hula hoop, acrobatics, clown, performance development, among others, as well as expand into aerial acrobatics, trampoline, slackline, tightrope, cyr wheel, Chinese pole, and more.

To make this happen, we are fundraising for the initial start up costs of premises renovation, securing the lease, essential equipment and improved heating and insulation to turn the space into a high quality training centre.

If this campaign is successful it will mean we will have the first ever circus centre in Dublin to offer such a broad and diverse range of ground and aerial based circus opportunities.

Circus in Dublin

The social and professional demand for circus in Dublin was proven to us while in our first premises, The Barn, where circus artists had a space to create performances and learn from one another.

The Barn was set up on a temporary basis to test the viability of a circus training centre in Dublin. By transforming a storage garage in Dublin city centre into a vibrant circus space we created the first step to an all inclusive circus centre.

Here's a short time-lapse video of that transformation

The demand for circus is evident through the popularity of the performances that the Dublin Circus Project members created through use of the space.

At the Dublin Circus Festival 2015, DCP members delivered a breathtaking 15 person fire show in the main square of Trinity College Dublin to an audience of 2000+.

Dublin Circus Project performers presenting Prometheus - A Tale of Fire in Trinity College Dublin
Dublin Circus Project performers presenting Prometheus - A Tale of Fire in Trinity College Dublin

Our Summer Cabaret 2015 proved very popular, with a sold out venue. The Dublin Circus Project members created new circus performances to present on the night, which went down extremely well for the young and old alike. 

Youth Outreach

As well as performances, we also run youth outreach programmes in which we visit schools and community groups to teach circus skills.

Dublin Circus Project bringing circus joy to the children of Naoínra Cois Bá, Irish language playschool
Dublin Circus Project bringing circus joy to the children of Naoínra Cois Bá, Irish language playschool

Circus provides a diverse range of benefits for people of all ages. It has the ability to not only build physical skill, strength and coordination but to also contribute to the mental and emotional well being of the individual by increasing confidence and promoting social inclusion.

With all of this is mind, it is extremely important for there to be a centre for circus in Dublin in which artists can train, learn and upskill. This will bring more performances and educational opportunities to the Dublin community.

The Dublin Circus Centre

With great ambition and drive we are taking the next steps forward into a new training facility, backed by the continued and heartwarming support of our community. It will offer more space and height and will allow us to provide more circus training and opportunities than ever before .

The new Dublin Circus Centre will, very excitingly, have the ability to facilitate the aerial arts, such as silks, rope, trapeze and hoop, with rigging points ranging from 4m to 6m. It will also allow for further ground-based disciplines to be taught, such as unicycling, tightrope, slackline, trampoline, cyr wheel, Chinese pole and more.

There is one main area and a second room beneath the mezzanine which can be used for classes. This will mean we can continue open training alongside classes or vary between the two.  

We will have a diverse range of circus classes and workshops on offer and continue our performance and teacher development projects, as well as our community outreach programmes. Within the space we will also be offering regular open training for members.

To accommodate all of this we are working hard to make the space the best that it can be. We are painting, adding new flooring, fixing new mirrors to the walls, attaching rigging for aerial, insulating the space (for those cold winter months) and a lot more.

We need Your support to make this happen. 

Here is the breakdown of where the raised funds will be applied: 

  • Rigging & aerial equipment costs: €1, 400
  • Securing the lease: €900
  • Flooring: €700
  • Insulation: €500 
  • Heating: €500 

 Any contribution you can make will be highly appreciated and rewarded  in the ways outlined on the right of this page.

Please back us and help Bring Circus To Life In Dublin!

Risks and challenges

There is an inherent challenge in seeing our project come to life as we are not backed by government funding. We are a volunteer led, non profit organisation with the aim of improving lives through circus. Up until now, it has been the overwhelming support of the Dublin community that has enabled us to do the work we do.

Should this campaign not reach its target it will mean a severely reduced capacity for our members to continue their work and mean a very important hub of circus in Dublin will not come to fruition.

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    A 2 hour corporate team building circus skills session for 15 of your employees/colleagues and your company's name on our website and training space promotional material, a shout out on Facebook and our massive appreciation!

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    A performance of 'Prometheus - A Tale of Fire' by Dublin Circus Project at a location of your choosing. Prometheus is a 15 person fire circus show which drew an audience of 2000+ in Trinitiy College Dublin as part of Dublin Circus Festival 2015.

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