DIT Circus and Juggling Society co- hosting the Dublin Juggling Convention this weekend

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Students in DIT got a taste of the juggling and circus programme for the Juggling & Circus Festival which runs from this Friday 23rd April until Sunday 25th April at several locations in Dublin including Larkin Hall in Cathal Brugha Street; Grafton Street and Temple Bar. Special guests for the Festival are “Lords of Strut”, Ireland’s entry for this year’s Street Performance World Championships in Merrion Square from 18th to 20th June, and Declan Mee, described as “a Club Manipulator and Balance Extraordinaire”. The Festival, which is a public event, is open to those who can juggle and to those who can't. Participants will learn many skills, from 3 ball juggling to plate spinning to balloon modelling, with workshops for complete beginners and for seasoned experts, young and old, a Fire Show, games, and a special Renegade evening where participants can perform their party tricks. Tickets are available for €20, with a student/unemployed concession price of €15 and family tickets (2adults & 2 kids) are €50. Full details are available from www.dublincircusfestival.com.

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The organizers of the Festival, who come from DIT, TCD, UCD and DCU are also involved in the Dublin Circus Project (DCP) which was set up to develop and promote the circus arts in Dublin and is making the case for the establishment of a Circus School here. Most major cities in Europe have a circus school, but not Dublin and according to DCP this is most visible in the lack of homegrown circus theatre shows. It also means that once performers reach a certain level they cannot progress further without going abroad for training. DCP's ultimate goal is to have a fully functional and attractive circus school in Dublin. This is a long term goal and in the meantime DCP keeps busy teaching workshops, providing performers, and finding spaces for performers to train.

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According to Brian O’Connell, DIT Engineering Graduate, “This Festival has something for everyone and I defy anyone to come along and NOT enjoy themselves. Sure we can get all serious and show how juggling actually increases your brain mass, but mostly it’s all about fun and we’d like to see lots of people joining in and just having a go.”

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