Circus for Gaza

€835 of €1,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 11 months
Bring smiles, laughter and magic to people in the dark!

Imagine that you've been trapped in the same 40km strip of land your whole life. Imagine that you usually don't have access to electricity, and that clean water is rare and precious. Imagine that pollution abounds, and that unemployment is at the highest rate in the world. Now imagine that the people keeping you imprisoned here start dropping bombs on your city every few hours.

This is the everyday reality lived by people in the Gaza strip. Creative and social outlets like circus and theatre are vitally important in this environment. They provide a sense of community, skills, exercise, social engagement, especially for children. Any child aged 9 or older in Gaza has now lived through three wars. Circus and clowning provide a vital outlet for those who have suffered trauma. It is a place for all ages and abilities, to meet, to share and most importantly to have fun.

In August, the Said al-Mishal Culture Centre, which served as a theatre and a training and performance space for the circus, music and dance communities in Gaza, was destroyed by an Israeli bomb. The place where memories were made, where laughter rang out even during air strikes, was suddenly gone. This was a direct attack on the heart of a community - a source of light for people in the dark. In a letter to the Guardian, 14 prominent figures from the UK theatre scene strongly condemned the bombing, calling it a devastating loss.

Circus Factory is a community space for Cork's circus community to practice its many circus skills.  On October 20th, join us at our Circus for Gaza Cabaret , a circus fundraiser to help fund learning and equipment for our friends in the communities affected by this devastating loss. Join us for a night of dazzling performance, as our community comes together to help another rebuild itself. Be amazed by superhuman acrobats, laugh your socks off at our clowns, and let our performers entertain you. Tea, coffee and baked goods will be available from our cafe on the night. This is a night of hope for those in conflict.

If you can't make it on the night, please consider donating the price of your ticket  and your travel to Cork to help help bring joy, hope and magic to people living in the dark. Funds will be transferred to the groups affected via Irish circus trainer Jenny Higgins, who regularly travels to Gaza to work with the circus community and help grow its skills.

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Thank you everybody!

Thanks to all of you who came along to Circus for Gaza or donated online, we raised an amazing total of €2601 between the event and donations. This will go to the circus groups in Gaza to help facilitate the wonderful work they do and ensure that it can continue. The event was completely sold out. We couldn't have done it without you!
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€20
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