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GIANT EVENT CELEBRATES NORTHERN IRELAND ON AN EPIC SCALE


26 June 2012

Land of Giants, the largest outdoor arts event ever staged in Ireland which happens on 30th June as part of the London 2012 Festival, is just one highlight in a year of many memorable events to happen all over Northern Ireland.

 

Siobhan McGuigan, Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s (NITB) ni2012: our time, our place, manager says it’s a very special year as it gives people the chance to celebrate what’s on their doorstep and showcase it to the world.

 

“With so many big events, celebrations, commemorations and amazing projects such as Land of Giants, coming to completion, this year will offer everyone an opportunity to explore their own town, city and country and celebrate some world-class events taking place in Northern Ireland,” said Siobhan. 

 

World class event, Land of Giants, will take place at the Titanic slipways and feature over 500 actors, dancers, acrobats, aerialists, singers and percussionists as the writer and director, Mark Murphy explains.

 

“Land of Giants is a celebration of iconic Northern Ireland giants on an epic scale never seen on the island of Ireland before. 

 

“The event will feature a spectacular pyrotechnics show, state of the art digital animation, special effects, a drumming section featuring 160 drummers and over 100 choristers who will all perform specially written music.”, said Mark.

 

The event takes inspiration from the many giants in the shared and diverse history and society of Northern Ireland - including the population as being ‘giant’ in terms of ideas, talent and heritage.  Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver, the legendary Finn McCool, Harland and Wolff’s Samson and Goliath and the Giant’s Causeway are all iconic giants referenced throughout the performance.

 

Mark continued:  “But I reckon it will be the sight of the Titanic being raised, to-scale, on the site where it once stood that will really wow our audience members. 

 

“There may even be a few tears shed as the specially commissioned animation, featuring the draughtsmen who drew the ship, is projected onto the Titanic Building at that precise moment.

 

“The animation shows the draughtsmen who drew Titanic look out in amazement as the ship is raised in all its lighted glory – it’s a really special moment in the show.”

 

In a GIANT act of generosity, Legacy Trust UK announced they were making the event free to everyone.  Tickets went on release at 9am on Monday 25th June and were allocated later that same day.

 

Land of Giants is written and directed by Mark Murphy and presented by Giant Events Company in association with Belfast City Council, Beat Carnival, Belfast Community Circus and Young at Art.

 

Land of Giants is part of London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. It is funded by Legacy Trust UK with additional support from Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. For further information and tickets visit www.landofgiants.info.

 

Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.

GIANT EVENT IN PERFECT HARMONY


19 June 2012

This summer’s epic event, Land of Giants, will feature a massive choral section with 120 singers, seventy of whom met recently at Rhubarb Studios in Belfast for the first time to record some of the specially written music which will be heard by audiences on 30 June at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast.

                                                                                                 

The choirs taking part in the recording included the Star Singers from Holywood; Quire from Belfast; Bitsa from Carrickfergus and Newtownards; Voca Loca and Feile Women’s Singing Group, to name a few.

 

Land of Giants is the biggest event of its kind ever staged in Northern Ireland and features state-of-the-art animation, spectacular aerial performances, a bespoke musical score and poetry as well as stunning pyrotechnics during its 45 minute run time at the Titanic Slipways on the 30 June.

 

The epic show celebrates the many giants in the shared and diverse history and society of Northern Ireland - including the population as being ‘giant’ in terms of ideas, talent and heritage.

 

Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver, the legendary Finn McCool, Harland and Wolff’s Samson and Goliath, the Titanic and the Giant’s Causeway are all iconic giants referenced throughout the performance.

 

Pictured with the choristers at the rehearsal is (from left) Cormac O’Kane, music production co-ordinator, the conductor, Lorna McLaughlin and Land of Giants musical director, Nathaniel Reed.

 

Land of Giants is written and directed by Mark Murphy and presented by Giant Events Company in association with Belfast City Council, Beat Carnival, Belfast Community Circus and Young at Art.

 

Land of Giants is part of London 2012 Festival and funded by Legacy Trust UK with additional support from Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. For further information and tickets visit www.landofgiants.info.

 

Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.

Ballyhackamore Businesses Get Busy for Fun Day


13 June 2012

Businesses in the busy Newtownards Road area of Ballyhackamore have joined together with Wandsworth Community Centre to create a fun, family day out and Summer Fair on Saturday 16 June 2012 and are inviting families from right across the city to join the fun.

 Retailers, eateries and professional services in Ballyhackamore have been working together to promote the “Shop Local” campaign, which is also supported by Belfast City Council and their efforts will culminate in the Summer Fair next Saturday which will feature bouncy castles, balloon modelling and face painting for the kids as well as traders’ stalls and special offers in the local businesses.

 Brenda Shankey, Chair of Ballyhackamore Business Association said: “Our association includes a wide range of businesses and we have recently become much more involved with the Wandsworth Community Centre, as there are real synergies in working together. A shared voice and goals can help support the local community, as well as helping the business community to prosper in difficult trading times.” 

 She added: “Our Summer Fair is also about attracting people who’ve never been here before – or those who don’t come that often - to join us and enjoy the family fun day itself plus all the offers that our local businesses have in store. Everyone is welcome!”

 Alderman Christopher Stalford, Chairman of Belfast City Council’s Development Committee, which is supporting the event said:

 “The council is fully committed to promoting our rich and diverse independent retail sector, and so we are delighted to be able to support this wonderful event:  I applaud the local business owners for their initiative and wish them every success with it.”

 The family fun day will be held in Ballyhackamore Village and will include traders’ stalls. For more information check out the event on Facebook.

Summer Vibe Kicks Off in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter with a Fantastic Free Concert to Celebrate Club 21 Social's Second Birthday


12 June 2012

Traditional folk fans and summer revellers will get the chance to chill and enjoy one of the first outdoor concerts of the summer season right in the heart of Belfast’s buzzing Cathedral Quarter, as Coca Cola and 21 Social bring a free concert to Cotton Court on 29 June 2012.

The free concert, featuring a traditional folk session and acts including Ken Haddock, will take place in the bustling square from 6pm and will also feature an outdoor bar and barbeque so audiences can enjoy the full summer experience, courtesy of Coca Cola.

Colin Brown from 21 Social comments: “Following on from the huge success of our fantastic concert last year, we are very excited to be marking our second fruitful year in business.  This year, we promise to celebrate in even more style with a fantastic line-up as well as a cool Bacardi-Coca Cola bar outside - so that our guests will never be too far from something refreshing!  We’re really hoping customers old and new will come to enjoy the event with us. And although it’s free, we’re asking concert-goers to give a voluntary donation to our chosen charity this year, the Children’s Hospice, as we hope to continue our fundraising for this very worthwhile cause.”

Paula Colhoun, from Coca Cola, which is supporting the event said: “Northern Irish weather can be unpredictable, but the Coca Cola experience is all about having fun and enjoying a good time, so the fact that the evening is free is such a great thing - we’re predicting a lot of summer smiles and happy faces.”

Entry to the event is on a first come, first served basis, so concert-goers are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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