Welcome to Festival of Fools 2018

Welcome to the 16th edition of the internationally renowned Festival of
fools, a comedic cornucopia of street theatre of dazzling virtuosity! We’ve scoured the world to bring you the best performers, bringing you incredible acts from Canada, Japan, Finland, Italy, Argentina, France and others, plus of course the very best artists from these islands. Prepare to be AMAZED!

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Festival of Foods

Eat Drink and be merry.

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During Festival we’re launching a new three-year project, Mysteries & Drolls, funded by the EU CREATIVE EUROPE programme. This five-country project will culminate in new co-productions and modern interpretations of older street theatre traditions. Work will be showcased in the Mercantia Festival, Certaldo, Italy in 2019 and Festival of Fools, here in Belfast in 2020.

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Wet weather plan

Obviously the sun will be splitting the trees and we won’t need to worry about this, but in the vanishingly likely possibility that it rains, we have back up locations organised, thanks to the generosity of Ulster University, Victoria Square and Belfast Circus School.

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Some of the Acts

Otto Il Bassotto

Otto Il Bassotto

Quatuor Stomp

Quatuor Stomp

Circo Puntino

Circo Puntino

Victor Rubilar

Victor Rubilar

Kate & Pasi

Kate & Pasi

Mr H

Mr H

ACE-K

ACE-K

Tobia Circus

Tobia Circus

Claudio Mutazzi

Claudio Mutazzi

Martin Bigpig

Martin Bigpig

Streetwise Youth Circus

Streetwise Youth Circus

The Great Artdoors

The Great Artdoors

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