Carnival of Colors circus, arts and music festival in Derry next weekend

Mayor Sandra Duffy joined artists and young circus artists to launch the event, which will take over the city center on Saturday August 6 and Sunday August 7.

International street theatre, IYSC characters and shows, circus workshops, arts and crafts, graffiti art demonstrations and a music program from the Nerve Center will all come to the city center at weekend course.

Highlight shows will include acrobatics, juggling, clowning, comedy, physical theater and some crazy dance moves from acts such as TeaTime Company, Granny Turismo, Frankie Magilligan and Cikada Circus.

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Mayor Sandra Duffy with artists and In Your Space organizers kicking off the Carnival of Colors festival ahead of its staging.

Local performers will also showcase their talents at the carnival, which takes place in Guildhall Square, Waterloo Place, Foyle Embankment and the Peace Garden.

Mayor Duffy said: “The program looks amazing and with lots of characters and acts to see, there will be something to laugh at and something to thrill you too with some circus skills. I encourage everyone to check out the schedule and head downtown on August 6-7 – you never know what you might see.

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Gilly Campbell, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added: “This exciting festival brings wonder and joy to the city of Derry-Londonderry every year and once again the team put on a fabulously fun program with something to suit all tastes, from the very young to the very young at heart.

Members of the Belfast-based Cycle Circus performed at the Carnival of Colors festival last weekend. Photo: George Sweeney/DerryJournal. DER2136GS-043

The IYSC first brought the event to the city center in 2021, with the festival having previously taken place in St Columb’s Park.

The move was a huge success and they are excited to deliver it again from the central location this year.

Cath McBride, Director of IYSC, said: “We aim to ensure that the Carnival of Colors 2022 is a celebration of the city, our performers and participants, the circus and our wonderful audience.”

Jump NI’s Josh Agnew and George McGowan performed at Waterloo Place during the Carnival of Colors festival last weekend. Photo: George Sweeney/DerryJournal. DER2136GS-040
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