Carnival of Colours

In Your Space Circus will be bringing its flagship international festival back to St Columb’s Park

Festival Details


Saturday, 29 August 2015 to Sunday, 30 August 2015



The Circus, Arts and Music festival will be jam-packed with top treats featuring the very best of International Street Theatre and local acts interspersed with an eclectic mix of side shows and attractions to guarantee a full quota of belly laughs and a truly magical experience for folk of all ages. The park will be transformed into a playground for all the family and the Big Tops will be bursting at the seams with comedy capers, circus fun, music and art.

Carnival of Colours

A wide range of shows will be presented from some of the world’s funniest International artists including the beautiful, highly-skilled Barren Carrousel; the master of the unicycle, Mr Spin; The Chipolatas who are the original Gentlemen of the road and lots, lots more! The main shows will be supported by performances from the talented young circus stars from Belfast Community Circus School and the North West Circus School. Adding to the family atmosphere will be a host of local walkabout characters, live music, storytelling, drumming, art and science workshops, balloon modelling and face painting as well as an array of international foods to tempt the grumbliest bellies!

By night the festival welcomes some of Northern Ireland top cabaret acts and music to perform at the ‘Gypsy Ball’ event on Saturday night. Following last year’s success leading comedians will be re-introduced to play at the ‘Live Laughter at the Big Top’ event on Sunday night. 

The Festival attracts people of all ages from right across the North West and visitors to the city alike; it brings people together from all walks of life for a shared cultural experience. It also highlights Derry City as an exciting and progressive destination for events and arts activity and there really is something for everybody to enjoy. 

Carnival of Colours is a showcase and celebration of In Your Space’s year round work with children and young people from communities across the North West; and the Street Theatre and performance work delivered across Northern Ireland. Nicky Harley, Artistic Director of the Carnival of Colours said: ‘We are so excited about this year’s line-up. I absolutely believe this is the most incredible programme we've brought to the North West to date with world class acts from the USA , the UK and Ireland as well as some of our local favourites. The whole weekend promises to be a hugely colourful event where you can laugh by day and dance by night. I know I will be!’