National Circus Festival of Ireland

Fanzini Productions is a contemporary circus company founded and run by Con Horgan from Tralee, Co.Kerry, Southwest Ireland. I have been performing since 1997 in a duo show Fanzini Brothers and performing solo as Professor Plunger. Fanzini Productions is one of the foremost street circus companies based in the Republic, touring nationally and internationally. Fanzini productions are supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and have received three project awards. These awards resulted in three critically acclaimed shows, Cannonball Circus, Professor Plunger and Circus Jukebox. Fanzini Productions have worked with master clowns, John Lee of Fuse Performance Company, and Joe Dieffenbacher of Nakupelle, Mooky Cornish, John Towsen, director Arne Zaslove and award winning clown Fraser Hooper. Con has also received a certificate of clowning from Jango Edwards of the Nouvelle Clowning Institute in Barcelona. Both Fanzini Brothers are fluent Irish speakers and perform regularly in Irish. We were invited to curate the Irish language events of the 2014 St.Patrick’s festival and produced the “Cirque Du Gael” Irish language circus tent as part of the Big Day Out celebrations in Merrion Square, Dublin. We have been funded by Ealaíon an Gaeltachta. Fanzini Productions are also the founders and producers of the annual National Circus Festival of Ireland. This festival is the national showcase for contemporary circus and features a different line up each year of top national and international circus performers. A completely unique festival in Ireland, accessible yet edgy, contemporary and challenging, this festival continues to set the standard for contemporary circus performance in Ireland. Fanzini Productions have received three Culture Ireland funding grants to perform in America, India and Australia. Con Horgan is a board member of the Irish Street Art, Circus and Spectacle Network, an advocacy group on behalf of the sector

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