Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Botanic Gardens to host ballet event

Belfast Lord Mayor Tom Hartley and ballet dancers at the launch of Ballet In Botanic, which will take place on June 3

South Belfast’s Botanic Gardens is to host a free ballet event next month.

Ballet In Botanic, due to take place on Wednesday June 3, will see the tragic love story ‘Ondine’ broadcast via satellite from the Royal Opera House in London to a giant screen on the Great Lawn at Botanic Gardens.

Full details of the event were unveiled at a special themed launch in Botanic Gardens on Tuesday (May 19).

At the event, Lord Mayor Tom Hartley was joined by pupils from a local ballet school.

“Over the past few years, this hugely popular event has become a cornerstone of our cultural calendar and one of the most eagerly anticipated events we organise,” said Councillor Hartley

A spokesman for Belfast City Council said: “One of the world’s most magical ballets will provide one of the highlights of Belfast City Council’s summer events programme.

“This year, we will be affording local culture lovers an opportunity to enjoy an enchanting performance of a favourite ballet — and for free.”

Tony Hall, chief executive of the Royal Opera House, said: “I think it's very exciting that we’re able to relay live performances from the Royal Opera House to big screens across the country, and all completely free for audiences.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for family and friends

to come together this summer and experience these world class performances in the outdoors, maybe even with a picnic. Each city creates a unique atmosphere — there’s such an air of excitement and expectation with hugely enthusiastic crowds.”

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