The Irish Aerial Dance Fest 2024 at An Grianán


The Irish Aerial Dance Fest returns this July and this year celebrates its 15th birthday! Here at An Grianán, we’ll have three nights of breathtaking aerial dance and circus kicking off on Wed 24 July with International Night, featuring a trio of performances from Emma Poole (UK), Janelle Peters (USA) and Carolina Cabañas (Costa Rica).

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MAKOSH by Polina Shapkina, part of the Jumpstart Doublebill.

On Friday 26 July we have the Jumpstart double bill with MAKOSH by Polina Shapkina, a dance piece inspired by Carl Jung and Slavic folklore while One Hundred Thousand Years by Ashton is a joyful exploration of time and nature, using vertical dance, theatre and multi-sensory installation. JUMPSTART is supported by Earagail Arts Festival, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) and Irish Aerial Dance Festival. Supported by Arts Council Ireland.

The annual Emma Insley Cabaret returns on Sat 27 July and celebrates 15 years of the festival with a curated selection of acts from the aerial dancers participating in the festival. The winners of the Emma Insley Aerial Creation Fund will also perform.

About the IADF

Every July the Irish Aerial Dance Fest welcomes performers from all over the world to Letterkenny to take part in masterclasses, workshops and performances in aerial dance. The festival is run by Fidget Feet Aerial Dance in conjunction with An Grianán Theatre and Donegal County Council and is upported by Arts Council Ireland. Find out more at

International Night, Wed 24 July at 8pm – BOOK NOW

Jumpstart Doublebill, Fri 26 July at 8pm – BOOK NOW

Emma Insley Cabaret, Sat 27 July at 7pm – BOOK NOW

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