The National Circus festival is one of the most exciting emerging festivals in Ireland, lighting up Tralee every November in an explosion of theatre, clown, aerial, fun, skill, laughter and absurdity.
.The Tralee Circus Festival began in 2001 as a juggling convention. It was a way for the diverse strands of a contemporary circus culture to meet, share ideas, fun and create an Irish expression for this exciting artform. Over the years, the Tralee Circus Festival has evolved to be Ireland’s annual contemporary circus festival.
At the heart of the festival is Circus Siamsa – a public variety show, held in Siamsa Tíre Theatre. This is the national showcase for contemporary urban circus and features top national and international performers handpicked and hosted by Fanzini Productions.