Local charity celebrates circus success

Media Release, 17th November 2008

Local charity Cirque du Ciel will be celebrating on Saturday 22 November. Young people from across Penwith and Kerrier will be converging on Penzance for a circus workshop and award presentation, the culmination of a series of a highly successful circus skills projects.

Thanks to a total of £9000 funding from the Lloyds TSB Foundation and Awards for All, over the past few months Cirque du Ciel has been working in Humphry Davy School in Penzance, Cape Cornwall School in St Just, and Camborne School. Seven workshops have been held in each school so young people could learn circus skills for themselves, and also share these with their peers.

Around 50 young people between the ages of 11 and 16 have benefited, and they have all been invited to the YMCA in Penzance to a celebration workshop led by professional performer and diablo expert, Steve Washington.

Spokesperson, Barbara Smith, said:

‘Cirque du Ciel was founded on the principle that our students don’t just learn to walk on stilts or juggle clubs. They learn concentration, responsibility, teamwork, and how to socialise and consider other people. It’s a healthy outlet for youthful energy, and it’s also edgy and fun.’

After the workshop Steve will be presenting this year’s Cirque du Ciel awards to 18 individuals who have taken part in the charity’s own accreditation scheme. They have achieved merit certificates in three categories: circus skills; personal development; and working with others, in order to qualify for the full Award. From there, young people can be signposted towards other forms of accreditation such as Youth Achievement and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

Cirque du Ciel is very grateful to YMCA Cornwall for generously providing the venue for Saturday’s special event, and for their on-going support to the organisation.

Cirque du Ciel started out 8 years ago as the Aerial Puppetry Foundation, and has been bringing the magic of the circus to the fields and streets of Cornwall ever since. It is now both a company and a charity, and has recently been awarded funding from the Henry Smith Charity to appoint its first dedicated charity manager.

Further information:
Barbara Smith, Press Officer – barbarasmith@clara.co.uk