“Just when you got your eyeballs back in their sockets….we are back!!”

Happy birthday to us, we are 20 years old this November 2021!

We can’t wait to welcome you back to Tralee in November 2021 for a very special hybrid festival offering both a live & online programme of brilliance. Including international companies presenting Irish premieres special commissions of brand new work and an exciting showcase of the best of Irish circus, 2021 promises to be a landmark year for NCFI.

 Warning! Due to the incredible line up of world class contemporary circus appearing in Tralee this November, NCFI cannot guarantee the safety of your eyeballs!

If this video of our 2019 festival highlights by the incredible BlueShed Productions doesn’t give you tingles we recommend you go to the tingle doctor immediately.



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2019 Festival & Programme




Fiúntas is a specially commissioned video piece from the National Circus Festival of Ireland and Kerry County Council Arts Office featuring 6 circus artists shot around locations in Tralee, Co Kerry.  It is a response to the social value of the artist, a questioning of purpose and worth of the arts and artists due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The artists are Tom Campbell, Michaela Heyer, Henrik Gard, Ali Stanger, Hannes Jung and Con Horgan.  The piece is written and directed by Con Horgan, filmed and edited by Maurice Supple with music and soundscape compositions by Con Horgan.  With thanks to Kerry County Council Arts Office, Arts Council of Ireland and Creative Ireland.



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We are 20!

It’s True! 2021 marks 20 years of the National Circus Festival of Ireland celebrating Circus excellence in Ireland, and it’s going to be our biggest year yet!

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