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Monday 23 April 2018

Incredible circus skills in Millstreet

Abbey Halliday provides a seat for her colleague at the Circus Factory Cork, Jordan Walshe at the photo launch of the European Juggling Convention that takes place in the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork from July 19 to 26 next. Also included (left to right): Ian McDonagh, Arts Officer, Cork County Council, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Alan Coleman, Rose Carroll, Administrative Officer, Tourism, Cork County Council, Louis Duffy, Director, Community, Economic Development & Tourism, Cork County Council, Richard Brennan, European Juggling Convention and Mark O’Sullivan, Circus Factory Cork. Photo: Martin Walsh.
Abbey Halliday provides a seat for her colleague at the Circus Factory Cork, Jordan Walshe at the photo launch of the European Juggling Convention that takes place in the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork from July 19 to 26 next. Also included (left to right): Ian McDonagh, Arts Officer, Cork County Council, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Alan Coleman, Rose Carroll, Administrative Officer, Tourism, Cork County Council, Louis Duffy, Director, Community, Economic Development & Tourism, Cork County Council, Richard Brennan, European Juggling Convention and Mark O’Sullivan, Circus Factory Cork. Photo: Martin Walsh.

Harry Phipps

Parades, games, comedy duos and master acrobats will all be gathering in one location for an entire week from this July 19-27.

Parades, games, comedy duos and master acrobats will all be gathering in one location for an entire week from this July 19-27.

After winning their bid to host the largest annual circus skills in the world, the 37th annual European Juggling Convention (ECJ) is headed back to the Glen Greens area in Millstreet.

The event is dedicated to spreading the influence and population of enthusiastic performance artists by introducing jugglers and circus artists from around the globe.

It not only attracts thousands of amateur and professional jugglers from across the world, but also sees a number of events open to the public including a Family Day on Tuesday the 22nd, a parade through Millstreet followed by the Juggling Olympics on Saturday the 26th, workshops for the whole family all during the week and world class circus shows on both Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th.

The EJC attracts the worlds most talented and respected circus and juggling artists who will arrive from the USA, Australia, Germany, the UK, France, Holland, Argentina and New Zealand.

All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend, and the organisers of the EJC are hosting a 'Youth Circus Programme'.

There will also be a 'Legends Stage' and 'Masterclass' event, where decades long performers of world renown come together to mesmerise audiences. Among these legends is Michael Moschen, the juggling artist considered the "supreme creative juggling virtuoso of our time".

And don't miss the monster parade of attendees to show off their skills and thank the local community.

There's also workshops in every circus discipline imaginable – juggling, poi, spinning, diabolo, devilstick, hats, cigar boxes, spinning, acrobatics, unicycle, tightrope, clowning, improv, cyr wheel, German wheel and many more!

The event promises to be an incredible week of powerful performances, expecting to play host to over 7000 attendees.

Admission is free for children aged 0-9, youths aged 10-15 are €18 for the day and €80 for the full eight days while adults aged 16 and over pay €30 for the day and €145 for the entire week.

Day passes to the festival and show tickets available at the Green Glens Box Office.

See www.ejc2014.org for further details.

Corkman

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