Belfast Telegraph

Land of Giants event fosters world class skills in Northern Ireland

This summer, the largest outdoor arts event ever staged in Ireland comes to Belfast, made possible by huge investment and bringing with it a boost to skills that reaffirms Northern Ireland’s position as a place able to hold world class events of this nature.

The landmark show is Land of Giants that, as well as bringing £750,000 of funding from Legacy Trust UK into Northern Ireland, also ensures the development of the outdoor arts and events sectors by making local artists, suppliers and up-and-coming production professionals central to the delivery of the epic event. 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.

Following on from the success of hosting the MTV EMAs and the spectacular launch of Titanic Belfast, focus will once again turn to Belfast as a destination for top class events as Land of Giants features as one of the biggest events in the 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.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile, said: “It was essential for us that we used the opportunity provided by Legacy Trust UK to present a unique story from Northern Ireland and, crucially, to invest in the long term growth of the sector by involving as many people as possible in the creation and delivery of the project.

“From poets, performers and animators to scaffolders, crane drivers and construction workers - Land of Giants will bring together and develop skills and talents from a diverse range of disciplines to stage what will be an extraordinary event.”

In addition to providing employment for arts and events professionals and local suppliers the project will deliver eighteen internships in areas ranging from sound and lighting design to stage management and communications.

Moira Swinbank from Legacy Trust UK said: “The core objectives of Land of Giants will ensure that the project provides a lasting legacy for both the cultural and event industries providing both employment and training opportunities within the sector.

“This is a remarkable project and we are delighted that the funding will have such a positive effect on communities for some time to come.”

Carál Ní Chuilín, Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure added her support to the project commenting: “The plans for Land of Giants are staggering in their scale and will involve hundreds of people from across the North.

“I welcome the fact that the event’s legacy will be a more skilled and experienced workforce able to facilitate future events of this large scale and of this quality for many years to come.

“Tourism too will be boosted through the link with the London 2012 Festival, and the NI 2012 Our Time Our Place campaign. Through these initiatives hundreds of thousands of people will learn about how the North is celebrating its cultural diversity by showcasing both the best of our local talent and our unique heritage.”

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 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.



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