Bilingual Circus Skill Workshops

Bilingual circus skill workshops are a great way to get children and even adults engaging with Gaelic and Irish in an accessible, fun way! 

 "Fantastic to have something so different & so interesting... and brilliant to have in through Gaelic. The kids loved the different equipment & great to hear Gaelic spoken in an environment such as this" Glasgow Sradagan Leader, Glasgow Gaelic School

"Awesome, Amazing, Epic" Fèis an Iar-Thuath participants for Fèis Circus Skills, Storytelling & Drama Day

• for ages 5 up to all adult levels
• Includes Gaelic Circus skills workshop phrasesheet
• can cover a range of of juggling and balance work using scarves, balls, clubs, juggling rings, spinning plates & swinging poi, as well as stiltwalking (for older groups) and balloon modelling
• can be delivered as a standalone sessions for up to 2 hours
• as 2-3 sessions over the course of a full or half-day for several different groups or classes over the course
• as part of a package of mixed workshops over 1 or more days over school terms, week-long fèisean & holiday camps
• or in conjunction with broader arts programming & street spectacle projects combining stiltwalkingdrama, lantern-making & wicker sculpture, Celtic and Graffiti Art

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"The children are all absolutely buzzing - what you achieved with the children this week was exceptional!" Teacher, Edinbarnet Primary after week-long Bilingual Gaelic Circus & Drama Project.

Fèis Ghallaibh Workshop

Ariel also has formal Child Protection Training, is a member of the PVG Scheme & has both ACCESS NI clearance & full Equity & A-N Public Liability Insurance cover for workshop delivery.

Why not get in touch with Ariel to find out more?

"Excellent... the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the circus skills.. a fantastic opportunity for language development for both Gaelic-speaking children & engaging those in English-medium education.

"Wonderful... great to see Gaelic being used in such an engaging, different way for pupils"   "Widens their experience of Gaelic and its use in different circumstances"
Teachers, Bonar Bridge Primary School

Ariel's work is often interpreted as positive role-modelling for the use of Gaelic in Contemporary Arts contexts - often eliciting succint student comments, both directly and indirectly.

"I want to be her!" Senior Student, Dunoon Grammar School 

"I think you're awesome!" P5 Student, Cauldeen Primary

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(Documented evaluation feedback from tour of 10 Highland Schools available below - right click on image, select Open Link in New Tab & click Magnifying Glass)

"A great way to introduce Gaelic to children" Craighill Primary

"Fun way to get children interested in language and Gaelic in particular" Beauly Primary

"That was brilliant, the kids loved it & I've got the pictures to prove it!" Tomnacross Primary

"Excellent... new language very well introduced & reinforced during lesson" Craighill Primary

Where budget allows, workshops can also be provided in Ireland in conjunction with Stephen McGinley and Con Horgan, Ireland's most experienced fluent Irish-speaking circus artists, with each workshop starting and finishing with a brief entertaining juggling show to engage participants.

"I want to thank you and Stephen for your stimulating and inspiring bilingual circus skill workshops, the kids thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was a honour to have such talented artists at our Lá Spraoi."

Sheena, Lá Spraoi/Summer Fun Day Organiser

“An amazing force of nature in its purest form – the kids are very lucky to have such a terrific role model in their midst. Sometimes I’ve been lucky enough meet people who no matter what language they speak can communicate with anyone – Ariel is one of them.”

Dan Gordon, scriptwriter for the Lyric Theatre/Ulster Scots Agency/Foras na Gaeilge Pat and Plain Project.



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