Circus performers, clowns, theatre and street performers, actors and musicians from all corners of the island of Ireland offer their skills, humour and time on a voluntary basis to perform professional shows, teach skills and bring laughter to children and their communities in Ireland and around the world.
There are 3 regional branches working within CWB Ireland, in Dublin, Cork and Galway, with active volunteer performers in each region. Besides undergoing international tours, each branch develops different projects in their region, like visiting Direct Provision centres or working at events promoting and supporting asylum seekers and refugees. For more information on our Regional branches, please click here.
Internationally, CWB Ireland always works with local NGO’s such as UNHCR, Sports Sans Frontiers, International Relief and Development and other relief organisations. We perform circus shows in refugee camps, townships, orphanages, remote villages, community halls, streets, schools, hospitals and on the side of mountains. On International tours, we follow the protocols and ethics of CWB International, whose handbook can be found here.
On our international tours we also facilitate workshops with and provide training programs to circus and community groups, training local people in performance and circus skills so that the fun can continue long after we leave.
Where do we go?
Since 2006 CWB Ireland has undertaken projects abroad in Nepal, Lesotho, Uganda, Palestine/Israel, Somalia, South Africa, Rwanda, Jordan and Kosovo. Most recently, since 2017, CWB Ireland has focused their international work on the humanitarian crisis in Europe, working in various refugee camps in Greece. To see more information from a recent tour to Greece, please click here.
How many smiles?
Between 2006 and 2020, CWB Ireland brought smiles and laughter to over 100,000 children through 325 performances and 99 workshops. See our activity sheet which details all our projects since the beginning here