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Amazing Feats on the city streets

Circus and outdoor arts festival in Belfast


Save the Date

29th April - 1st May 2023

Friday 29 April

6pm Writers' Square - Our opening show!

Thick as Thieves!

After two years of honing their skills in isolation, meticulously planning and deviously scheming, the Circusful Youth Company are back and are gearing up for the heist to end all heists!

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Saturday 30 April

1pm - 7pm

Over 20 shows across four locations in Cathedral Quarter

Sunday 1 May

1pm - 7pm

Over 20 shows across four locations in Cathedral Quarter

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Monday 2 May

1pm - 7pm

Over 20 shows across four locations in Cathedral Quarter

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A Festival of Fools First!

A triple bill of three astonishing shows, using trapeze, acrobatics, juggling and clowning to explore gender, punk, feminism and clownarchism. Three acts at the forefront of circus performance in NI present their newest work in this exciting new chapter for Festival of Fools!

Sunday 1 May | £12 (plus booking fee) | 18+ | 8pm

Circusful, 23 - 25 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG

FoF After Hours (Adults Only Show!)
The Wonder & Colour of Circus

Sunday 1 & Monday 2 May | Free - Booking Essential | 1pm & 3pm |  Circusful, 23 - 25 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG

Celebrate the skills and resilience of young people. Our own Circusful groups have worked together with young people from In Your Space Circus, Derry~Londonderry and Cloughjordan Circus Club, Tipperary to put together a show involving aerial acrobatics, juggling, unicycling, diabolo and much more! 


A long standing tradition at Festival of Fools is for audiences to donate cash into hats at the end of each show.

100% of every single cash donation goes directly into making the Festival possible.  

No cash? No problem! This year we are piloting QR code donations via PayPal, just scan the code and away you go - or if you prefer, click the big pink ! 


Festival of Fools is a jam-packed weekend of circus performances, featuring breathtaking acrobatics, gut-busting comedy and jaw-dropping juggling.

The festival is the largest comedy and street theatre festival on the island of Ireland, with over 70 performances taking place on the streets of Belfast City Centre and Cathedral Quarter.

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