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Posted:Whoop! crazy

Happily announcing the details for the (definitely kickass) Belfast Juggling Convention/Irish Unicyling tournament...

This amazing event will take place from Friday February 19 until Sunday February 21 in the beautiful city of Belfast. Dont miss it!!

We have a hugely massive hall, great lineup of tutors and performers, brilliant venue for the shows - along with lots of other little treats along the way.

Here's what you need to know:

What's happening:

Friday 19th:
12noon-6pm: Registration and games in PEC - beside Botannic Gardens.
Hall closes... everyone heads to the Mandela Hall (in Queen's Student Union complex, opposite Queens) for the Gala show.
8-10pm: Gala Show - featuring our amazing performers (including Durbs (ohhh), Hillas and Flora (ahhhh) and the amazing Matt Hennem (going wild and crazy!)!
10pm-1am: DJ and bands (Katie and the Carnival and the Jahm Band whoop!).

Saturday 20th:
10am: PEC opens with Stretching/warming up with the lovely Anita (contortionist with the Belfast circus). Don't miss this great way to start Saturday!
10.30am-1pm: First Irish unicycling basketball tournament (hosted by Marcus Collins). Teams of 5 play off against one another until we find the best Irish unicycling team! Get your name registered asap, and get practicing (really, you should. This is super hard)!

For those who aren't taking part in the unicycling tournament, it will only take up half the hall so there will be plenty of room for playing

1.30pm: Workshops start... Including contact juggling (Matt Hennem), juggling (Ture), acro (Cormac and Cian), poi (Durbs), staff (Eimhin) and clowning (Hugh Brown) among loads more... More details to come when we get the timetable finished.

Also this Friday and Saturday, and running separately from the convention, the gorgeous Flora is hosting a very specialised aerial course with the incredible Lindsey Butcher. This course is for a limited number of people and will cost 70, but we can organise a good price for those who want to do that course as well as attend the convention shows. Please bear in mind this course is for experienced aerialists/gymnasts and not suitable for beginners. (anyone who wants further information on this please contact Flora at: circusboneidle@yahoo.co.uk)

6pm: Hall closes and we head outside for the fire show... which will run for half an hour and feature performers from FirePoise fire performance group (anyone else who wants to take part in this show contact me asap!)

8pm: It's back to the amazing Mandela Hall for drinking... and maybe even a bit of renegade madness We'll also be having two more fantastic bands and DJs... it's going to be great

Sunday 21st:
It's a late start today, with some gentle stretching from Anita from 12-12.30pm in the PEC.

We only have the hall until 3pm, but in that time we will have some games (with prizes from Beard and others) - and just after 2pm we're hosting a fantastic drum circle with the lovely Joe Loughlin from Gathering Drum - to make sure everyone is leaving on a high.

It's a packed schedule, but we know you will love it!!!

Payment:

We have decided to charge 25 (or 25 Euro) for the whole weekend - bargain! So for this super cheap price, we're hoping it will bring as many of you as possible... from all across the UK and Ireland. You'd be really welcome

Pre-reg is really important to make sure everything goes smoothly... please let us know as soon as possible if you are coming.

If you live in Northern Ireland, or can pay us in any other way, we'd very much appreciate getting the money in advance... we're not setting up a paypal account though.

Accomodation:

We have searched the hostels of Belfast to find you the two best (most homely and best value for money!)

They are:
Arnies Backpackers 63 Fitzwilliam St, Belfast (0044) 2890 242 867
E-mail: info@arniesbackpackers.co.uk, Web: http://www.arniesbackpackers.co.uk

Arnie has offered us a great deal - just 10 per night, per person for 20 people. This deal is only available if someone gets in contact with him (preferably by email) before or on Wednesday the 20th Jan (3 days from now!) and quotes Belfast Juggling Convention. It is a bargain not to be missed by 20 lucky people. (Payments must be made in cash on arrival)

Paddys Palace - 68 Lisburn Road, Belfast (On corner with Fitzwilliam) (0044) 2890 333 367
E-mail: belfast@paddywagontours.com, Web: http://www.paddyspalace.com/belfasthostel.php
br>This is a more hostely hostel! The hostel can sleep 60-70 people. We were quoted 12.50 per night, per person which includes a cereal and toast breakfast. However, this is for 20 people booking together and a deposit must be paid by credit card. If more than 20 people book in one go, this price may be further negotiable. Rooms sleep 2, 4, 6 or 8 people.

Book soon!!

Transport:

By car:
This google map will show the PEC/Mandela Hall and the two hostels:
Car map

Train & Bus:
The train and bus from Dublin will take you to Great Victoria St station (Europa Bus Station) which isnt a huge walk up to the Queens area (and your hostel). Check out the map
Train and bus

Flights:
Flights into Belfast are fairly cheap especially with deals from Easyjet, Ryanair, Bmibaby and Aer Lingus. Youd be best flying into the city airport but if you are coming in by plane please let one of the organizers know, and well try to arrange airport collection.

I think thats all for now!!!

But no doubt Ill be posting more stuff up as we get the details sorted.

Sorry again for the late notice but as you can see, weve been putting in LOTS of work to make sure this is a convention to remember


Best wishes
Clare (show organiser), Cormac (convention organiser) and Marty (QUB Juggling Club president)


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animatEd
animatEd

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Posted:Yay! Glad things worked out well with Matt grin

looks like a well planned get-together grin

Say Hi to everyone for me, sorry I can't make it hug


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_Clare_
_Clare_

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Location: Belfast
Member Since: 22nd Oct 2002
Total posts: 5967
Posted:Yep - thanks so much for that Ed!

We're super sad that you can't be here... and if you change your mind, you know that you and Su are most welcome smile

That goes for all UK folks - we'd love to have you over here again!!!!

Come visit grin


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Posted:This sounds mint.

I probably can't make it though frown

I'll try and sort responsibilities out but I won't know until the last minute probably.


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_Clare_
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Location: Belfast
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Posted:No worries... but you'd be hugely welcome smile

We have a hugely kickass hall and evening venue... it would be lovely to have you here to enjoy it smile


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Posted:tongue2

That is all

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Posted:Ermmmm... Durbin... SEND ME THE DETAILS... Slacker.

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_Clare_
_Clare_

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Location: Belfast
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Posted:Hurrahs!

Just a few days until the Belfast Juggling Convention - sweet smile

So there's been a few changes to the timetable... all the info is below!

If you have any other questions, please let me know... but otherwise, hope to see you Friday!!

Best wishes
Clare x

Friday 19th:
12noon-6pm: Welcome group in the foyer of Queen's SU. Sorcha will meet and greet, and show new arrivals the way to the PEC. You can register/pay on the door at the PEC.
There will also be a unicycling workshop with Marcus Collings on Friday afternoon - brush up on your basketball skills for the tournament!
6pm: Hall closes... everyone heads to the Mandela Hall (grab some dinner on the way!).
8-10pm: Gala Show - featuring our amazing performers including Jitterbug Jackson, MCP, Birds of Paradise and Matt Hennem!
10pm-1am: Great music from We Are Resistance, The Jahm Band and DJ Venus - bring your toys, there will be room to play smile

Saturday 20th:
10am: PEC opens with stretching/warming up with Anita.
10.30am-1pm: First Irish unicycling basketball tournament (hosted by Marcus Collings). Teams of 5 play off against one another until we find the best Irish unicycling team! Get your name registered asap.
11am-1pm: Staff and poi workshops with Eimhin and Meg.
1.30pm: More workshops, including beginners and advanced juggling, acrobalance, tightwire, (possibly) stilt walking and contact juggling.

Also this Friday and Saturday, and running alongside the convention, the gorgeous Flora is hosting a very specialised aerial course with the incredible Lindsey Butcher. This course is for a limited number of people and will cost 70, but we can organise a good price for those who want to do that course as well as attend the convention shows. Please bear in mind this course is for experienced aerialists/gymnasts and not suitable for beginners. (anyone who wants further information on this please contact Flora at: circusboneidle@yahoo.co.uk)

6pm: Hall closes and we head outside for the fire show... with performers from FirePoise.
7.45pm: It's back to the Mandela Hall for a bit of renegade shenningans. Music by DJ Chuck, with performances from Gascan Ruckus and Velma.

Sunday 21st:
It's a late start today, with some gentle stretching from Anita from 12-12.30pm in the PEC.
We only have the hall until 3pm, but in that time we will have some games (with prizes from Beard, Home of Poi, Flamestix, Unicycle.com and others) - and just after 2pm we're hosting a fantastic drum circle with the lovely Joe Loughlin from Gathering Drum - to make sure everyone is leaving on a high.


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