Daring Dames, Achill Island

March 5th – 6th 2022

Ireland’s First All-Female Circus Festival

Three female circus performers with fire props

An astonishing weekend of Ireland’s best female circus artists including amazing acrobatics, hilarious clowning, an evening cabaret and closing Triple Goddess fire show. All staged on beautiful Achill Island, Mayo.

All events are free to attend, and open to all, but booking is required. See links to EventBrite booking below.


Saturday 5th March: Strong Women Science
Venue: Halla Acla, Achill Sound
Time: 1.30pm
Tickets: EventBrite
35-minute performance followed by 25-minute hands-on circus science experiment activities.


Saturday 5th March: Daring Debuts
Venue: Valley House Hostel, Bar & Restaurant, Valley
Time: 3.30pm
Tickets: EventBrite
Angelica Santander in Juanita’s Talk clowning show, and Seve Feathers in Dis-Ocillate acrobatic show, plus more to be announced.


Saturday 5th March: Daring Developments – ground breaking circus work in progress
Venue: Valley House Hostel, Bar & Restaurant, Valley
Time: 4.30pm
Tickets: EventBrite
Featuring Ursula Burns (aka The Dangerous Harpist) in The Blue Rose, a unique musical interpretation of Beauty and the Beast; Beanie’s Bendy Show, with hand-balancing and contortion; and more acts to be announced.

Saturday 5th March: Daring Debuts Cabaret
Venue: Valley House Hostel, Bar & Restaurant, Valley
Time: 8.30pm
Live event also online streaming.


Sunday 6th March: Daring Dames on Screen
Venue: Valley House Hostel, Bar & Restaurant, Valley
Time: noon / midday
Short films featuring women circus artistes past and present.


Sunday 6th March: Women in Circus History
Venue: Valley House Hostel, Bar & Restaurant, Valley
Time: 1.30pm
Talk by Professor Vanessa Toulmin. To be live streamed.


Sunday 6th March: Women in Circus Ireland – Where Next?
Venue: Valley House Hostel, Bar & Restaurant, Valley
Time: 3.30pm
Discussion panel.


Sunday 6th March: Triple Goddess Fire Performance
Venue: Valley House Hostel, Bar & Restaurant, Valley
Time: 7.00pm
Tickets: EventBrite
With Irish mythology, storytelling, fire dance and original live music we bring to life the intimate stories of Ireland’s greatest female goddesses.


Full details of this event, and others, on Circus 250 website.

Acrobat in costume with zimmer frame