In the summer of 2022, participants from our course Lines & Wires wire-walked across the River Corrib in Galway, Ireland. Many young people have lost their lives in the river over the years, but now the water has become a stage for the courage and determination required to cross it on a wire.

LifeLine featured a community cast of 150 people from all walks of life who performed Europe’s largest highwire spectacle over the River Corrib in the heart of Galway City. LifeLine drew on the transformative power of circus arts to deliver wellbeing impact and provoke mental health discourse across Ireland.

People of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities learned the dynamic art of highwire walking before joining world-renowned highwire artists Oliver Zimmermann, Andrea Loreni and Ellis Grover alongside participants from across Europe to perform a stunning display of hope, strength and resilience over one of Ireland’s most iconic waterways.

LifeLine was produced and presented by Galway Community Circus with its partners from the European Funambulism Network. The Arts Council Ireland Open Call Award, Creative Europe, Erasmus+, Mental Health Ireland, Finnish Institute UK & Ireland and Galway City and County Councils funded it.

Cirkus Cirkör participated with wirewalkers from the course Lines & Wires.