The National Circus Festival of Ireland is the place for the diverse strands of a contemporary circus culture to meet, share ideas, fun and create an Irish expression for this exciting artform and offers audiences a variety of shows and workshops! Since its humble beginnings as a juggling convention back in 2000, it now includes many events in a unique, fun-filled weekend

At the heart of the festival is Circus Siamsa, a public variety show held in Siamsa Tíre Theatre, it is the national showcase for contemporary urban circus and features top national and international performers handpicked and hosted by the Fanzini Brothers!

Showcasing their physical skills and strength in unique & highly entertaining shows to delight our audiences. It includes a poetic, surreal, acrobatic and enjoyable showcase of two modern day clowns playing out their unique talents of mime, the festival offers workshops for beginners and experts alike to get a taste for the circus world, as well parades getting the people of Tralee to release their inner clown, free on-street entertainment.