Millstreet will host biggest circus arts festival in world

Ireland is set to host the largest juggling and circus arts festival of its kind in the world.

Up to 3,500 international visitors are expected to attend the week-long European Juggling Convention (EJC) in Millstreet, Co Cork, next week which is expected to generate up to €5 million for the local economy.

Millstreet hosted the EJC in 2006 when over 2,200 jugglers attended.

The north Cork town will host this year’s event from July 19 to 26.

Mayor of Cork County Cllr Alan Coleman said the county council was delighted to support the distinctive event.

“I am pleased that Millstreet has been chosen once again to host the European Juggling Convention,” he said.

“This 2006 event is still remembered by the people of Cork and further afield due its unique ethos and the element of fun and adventure that surrounds the event.”

The convention will feature some of the most talented professional circus and juggling artists from the USA, Australia, Germany, the UK, France, Holland, Argentina and New Zealand.

They will be joined by thousands of amateur jugglers from across the world who will take part in daily juggling and circus arts workshops, major performances and skill-sharing.

The convention will feature circus shows, games and a series of specially organised family friendly events, including a family day on Tuesday, July 22, a parade through the town, a juggling olympics, family workshops, and several world class circus shows across the weekend of July 25 and 26.

Some of the world’s juggling legends are also preparing a once-off never before seen show called The Legend Stage.

The largest ever EJC was held in Munich, Germany in 2011, attracting 7,200 jugglers.

This year’s EJC takes place in the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet and day passes to the festival and show tickets are available at the Green Glens box office.

www.ejc2014.org

Festival highlights

-The Juggling Olympics — circus skills games involving five-ball or seven-ball endurance juggling. Free entrance.

-The family day event will include street shows, workshops and other entertainment.

-The Legend Stage show will feature some of the world’s top performers in a once-off show.

-A free monster parade through Millstreet with attendees showing off their skills as a thank you to the local community.

-A full-scale circus show will take place every evening.

-Workshops in disciplines including juggling, poi, spinning, diabolo, devilstick, hats, cigar boxes, spinning, acrobatics, unicycle, tightrope, clowning, improv, cyr wheel, German wheel and many more.



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