Festival of Fools returns this April

Festival of Fools returns this April

Ireland’s largest free street performance festival returns with its 2023 programme in Belfast city centre from April 29th – May 1st 2023. The programme offers three days of jam-packed, all-inclusive entertainment for the whole family including circus, magic, puppetry and much more. It takes place at various locations across Belfast City, and with all daytime shows free to attend, this is a festival you don’t want to miss.

This year’s programme features a host of award winning talent from across the globe including Irish, Swedish, Korean, English and Portuguese nationals and for the first time offers a range of drop-in workshops for children and adults alike and performances by young people in partnership with 2 Royal Avenue, Belfast.
Highlights from this year’s festival include:

  • highly skilled, breathtaking swinging trapeze performance from Avital and Jochen
  • a duo from Germany providing the Big Finish in Writer’s Square on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • There’ll be an ingenious aerial show around and on top of a black taxi with Pirates of the Carabina,
  • world class unicycling by Janna Wohlfarth
  • the usual amount of comedy and acrobatic chaos on the streets of Belfast with Gary & Pel, Cat & Mouse Theatre and local company Síolta Circus.
  • In addition to the daytime programme, FoF returns with three very special evening shows on May 2nd-4th with Bricolage, bringing together a selection of new works by some of Ireland’s freshest up and coming artists for an evening that promises to be unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Jenna Hall, Festival of Fools Chief Executive, said: ‘"We are so excited to launch Festival of Fools 2023. With over 70 professional shows and a community programme that includes performances and drop in workshops you can both be wowed by both local and international artists and give circus a go yourself. Once again, the programme really does offer something for everyone, and includes a few ‘first-time’ elements too.
"We aim to surprise, challenge and inspire Belfast audiences through the power of internationally renowned street performance, arts and circus. This year’s programme is more diverse than ever before with acts including juggling, magic, acrobatics, puppetry, unicycling, trapeze and much much more. In addition to the international artists we are pleased to have a number of local circus companies performing and of course a few festival favourites are back with new shows.

“Once again, the daytime programme is completely free to attend and takes place across the city from 1pm – 7pm each day. Both Saturday and Sunday will end with a spectacular trapeze show at Writers’ Square at 6pm and Monday will see the return of a classic Big Finish at St. Anne’s Square, also at 6pm.

“Our partnership with 2 Royal Avenue provides an opportunity for young people from across the island of Ireland to showcase their skills and to lead a range of drop-in workshops. So, whether you’re young or old, if you’ve ever wanted to give circus a go now is your chance.
"We know that Festival of Fools brings the city to life, creates memories that last a lifetime and inspires people to see the city and each other differently and we are delighted to be able to offer this truly accessible and brilliant opportunity to everyone.”
For the full Festival of Fools programme of events please visit; www.foolsfestival.com 

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