Belfast Community Circus School

Established in 1985 to teach circus skills to children and young people in some of the neediest communities in Northern Ireland the Belfast Circus School acts as a training school for professional teachers and performers of circus arts. Twenty three years down the line the Community Circus has become one of the most prolific arts organisations in Northern Ireland.

For a decade now the School has been running a session for adults every Wednesday night catering for a mixture of professionals and hobbyists. Today it boasts a thriving cross community Youth Circus, which provides training and performance opportunities for young people aged 8-18. There are three sessions each week of the school year where members learn how to juggle, walk on stilts, spin diabolos, perform acrobatic manoeuvres, walk the tightwire and perform on the trapeze.

Their busy outreach department takes workshops throughout the country for young and old alike, bringing circus equipment and teaching expertise to community groups, after schools clubs and special needs groups. The Circus also acts as a promoter for performers, in the form of Premiere Circus, and as a venue to host visiting circus productions.

Belfast Circus School organise the popular Festival of Fools which takes place annually during April/May.  The festival offers world class street theatre, presenting the cream of international and homegrown street art across the city centre. The event features high jinks and humour through mime, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, physical theatre, puppetry, living sculpture, trapeze and the downright funny and bizarre.

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Location / Directions

From George Best Belfast City Airport:
1. Head south on Airport Rd 210 ft / 64 m
2. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Airport Rd 0.2 mi / 0.3 km
3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit 0.2 mi / 0.3 km
4. Slight left at A2/Sydenham Bypass
Continue to follow Sydenham Bypass 1.9 mi / 3.1 km
Continue on M3 Cross Harbour 0.6 mi
/ 1.0 km
4. At junction 1a, exit toward
M1/A12/Docks (s) 0.2 mi 0.3 km

5. Turn left at A2/Nelson St 0.1 mi / 0.2km
6. Turn right at A2/Great Patrick St 157 ft

From Belfast International Airport:
1. Head southeast toward Crumlin Rd 292 ft / 89m
2. Continue straight onto Crosshill Rd
1.4 mi / 2.3km
3. Turn left at Manse Rd 0.4 mi / 0.6km
4. Turn left at A52/Nutts Corner Rd
5. Continue to follow A52Go through 2 roundabouts 12.8 mi / 0.7km
6.At Carlisle Circus, take the 2nd exit onto
A6/Clifton St
Continue to follow A 60.4 mi / 0.1km
7. Continue on Donegall St 489 ft / 0.1km
8. Turn left at Talbot S

From the North:
1. Head south on M1 toward Exit 3
0.1 mi / 0.2km
2. At junction 3, exit toward
0.1 mi / 0.2km
3. Turn left at A512/Blacks Rd
Continue to follow A512
0.2 mi / 0.3km
4. Make a U-turn at A1/Kingsway
0.2 mi / 0.4km
5. Slight right at A512/Blacks Rd
164 ft / 50m
6. Turn right at A512/Blacks Rd Link 46
ft / 14m
7.Take the ramp onto M1
2.6 mi / 4.2km
8. At Broadway Roundabout, take the

From the South:
1. Head south on M2 toward Exit 1b
0.9 mi / 1.4km
2. At junction 1b, exit toward Docks
0.1 mi / 0.2km
3. Slight left at A2
0.3 mi / 0.5km
4. Slight left at A2/Garmoyle St
Continue to follow A2
0.5 mi / 0.8km
5. Turn right at A2/Corporation St
177 ft / 54m
6. Turn right at A2/Dunbar Link
Continue to follow A2
0.2 mi / 0.2km
7. Turn left at Academy St
449 ft / 0.1km
8. Turn left at Exchange St W
318 ft / 0.1km

From City Centre:
1. Head east on A1/Donegall Square N toward Donegall Pl
282 ft / 86m
2. Continue on A20/Chichester St
0.2 mi / 0.3km
3. Turn left at A24/Victoria St
Continue to follow Victoria St
0.3 mi / 0.4km
4. Slight left at A2/Victoria St
Continue to follow A2
0.2 mi / 0.4km
5. Turn left at Academy St
449 ft / 0.1km
6. Turn left at Exchange St W
318 ft / 0.1km
7. Continue on Henry St
236 ft / 72m
8. Turn left at Gordon St
Destination will be

From Belfast Port:
1. Head southwest on Clarendon Rd
0.1 mi / 0.2km
2. Turn right toward A2/Corporation St
207 ft / 63m
3. Turn left at A2/Corporation St
0.3 mi / 0.4km
4. Turn right to stay on A2/Corporation
St 177 ft / 54m
5. Turn right at A2/Dunbar Link
Continue to follow A2
0.2 mi / 0.2km
6. Turn left at Academy St
449 ft / 0.1km
7. Turn left at Exchange St W
318 ft / 0.1km
8. Continue on Henry St
236 ft / 72m
9. Turn
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