Equinox Circus Sorcas Festival

Equinox Circus Sorcas Festival celebrates the Autumn Equinox Moban

The 2022 Equinox Circus Sorcas will be held 23 – 24 September 2022 on Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland

We staged Mayo’s first ever circus festival in September 2021 on Achill Island: shows, walkabouts, and a closing fire show with traditional music, poetry and song. We built an outdoor theatre from straw bales – the Straw House. (In traditional circus, when a show sold out straw bales were brought it to provide extra seats and it was called a Straw House.) To welcome Equinox and the winter, the village came alive with unicyclists, stilt walkers, jugglers and daredevils. Over 700 people came to whoop, clap and cheer our fabulous artists including Hillas Smith, Bruna Jesch, Maria Corcoran, Aoife Raleigh, Polina Shapkina, Aisling Burke. Local farmers took away the bales overnight for their livestock. And the next morning, it was as if the whole circus had been nothing more than a dream. We left no trace except our and the audience’s fantastical memories.

Featured image (top of page): Maria Corcoran

The Local Live Performance Programming Scheme is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and administered by Mayo County Council. 

Many thanks to Masterson’s Bar for all their help and welcome during the Festival.