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Northern Ireland – A Land of Giants

Tuesday 4th June 2013 at 10am

Video: London 2012 Festival in Northern Ireland

The Legacy Trust and Cultural Olympiad programmes, culminating in the London 2012 Festival, touched the lives of an unprecedented number of people and brought the Games to vivid life for audiences across Northern Ireland.

The programme of arts inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games created an opportunity to engage our diverse communities and young people in the arts, showcase our artists on a world stage and bring some of the world’s finest to local audiences.

Over its four-year lifespan in the run-up to the London 2012 Festival, the Cultural Olympiad attracted 40,000 participants and 850,000 visitors, coming together to enjoy the various creative and cultural events.
Highlights included the ‘Peace One Day’ concert with actor Jude Law and featuring a host of international artists; a special NI Opera production of Benjamin Britten’s colourful children’s opera, Noye’s Fludde in the unique setting of Belfast Zoo; an IFTA award-winning animation, Macropolis by Flickerpix; a Peace Camp featuring Fiona Shaw and love poetry on the shores of Whitepark Bay; a major public art initiative, ‘Nest’ which culminated in an installation of thousands of personal objects donated by the public.

The London 2012 Festival in Northern Ireland also provided the largest and most ambitious outdoor arts event ever seen in Northern Ireland. Land of Giants was an epic one-off show, with a cast and crew of 500 people, featuring acrobatics, aerial dance, performance, music and pyrotechnics.  18,000 people gathered at the Titanic slipway at Belfast harbour to enjoy this breath-taking spectacular.