Thousands of people are expected to attend a community circus performance in Galway today, as part of the city's arts festival.

The Life Line project involves local volunteers taking to tightropes and walking high above sections of the River Corrib.

Hundreds of people were trained in the art of funambulism - or tightrope walking and will now get the chance to show their skills on a network of wires across the Claddagh basin and the river Corrib.

Today's free event forms the cornerstone of a bumper weekend in Galway.

Elsewhere, there are a range of visual arts exhibitions around the city, several theatrical presentations and the continuation of the First Thought Talks programme of discussions and debates.

TheĀ festival continues until Sunday week.

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