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Awakening the Walls gets underway as Derry Girls mural gets Halloween treatment

The famous Derry Girls mural gets a spootacular makeover during the Awakening of the Walls Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
The famous Derry Girls mural gets a spootacular makeover during the Awakening of the Walls Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
The famous Derry Girls mural gets a spootacular makeover during the Awakening of the Walls as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
A witch casts her spell during the Awakening of the Walls as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
Crowds fill Grand Parde as the Awakening of the Walls begins as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
Crowds fill Grand Parde as the Awakening of the Walls begins as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
An illuminated dragon which is one of the mythical creatures discoverd during the Awakening of the Walls as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
A ghostly Alice takes up residence in the Verbal Arts Centre during the Awakening of the Walls as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
A butterfly towers over the crowds during the Awakening of the Walls as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
Crowds fill Grand Parade as the Awakening of the Walls begins as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
A butterfly towers over the crowds during the Awakening of the Walls as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
A dancer emerges fron teh City Walls during the Awakening of the Walls as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
Aerial peformers tower over the Diamond during the Awakening of the Walls as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
Aerial peformers tower over the former Austins building in the Diamond during the Awakening of the Walls as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
A butterfly towers over the crowds during the Awakening of the Walls as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
A firey welcome awaits the unwary during the Awakening of the Walls as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
The Saurus roaming the city centre during the Awakening of the Walls as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
One young man proves irresistible to the Saurus roaming the city centre during the Awakening of the Walls as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
One young man proves irresistible to the Saurus roaming the city centre during the Awakening of the Walls as Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Hallowe’en celebrations get into full swing ahead of the spectacular carnival parade and fireworks display on Thursday night. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.10.19
Donna Deeney

By Donna Deeney

Halloween celebrations in Londonderry are now well underway ahead of the main spectacular parade and fireworks on Thursday and even the city’s latest tourist attraction - the Derry Girls mural is getting in on the act.

The city’s historic Walls are the focus each evening for a captivating combination of fantasy and folklore of illuminated animation, music, dance and theatre suitable for all the family.

This year’s Derry Halloween theme is The Other World Awakens, and Awakening the Walls will reflect this drawing back of the veil between this world and the other.

Highlights include a Wicked Wonderland filled with flashmobs, fire eaters and more, and Eyes to the Skies, an aerial dance spectacle with bespoke musical compositions and a human Catherine wheel.

All Hail Saurus will depict, with a deafening roar, the return of the biggest – and hungriest – beasts that ever roamed the earth, while Celestial Sound Cloud will see a digital sound light sculpture inspired by cosmic clouds and nebulas.

In keeping with the Irish legend of the Morrigan and reflecting Halloween’s Celtic roots in Samhain, A Murder of Crows has hellish creatures of the dark soaring high into the night sky before dropping down to earth to devour their prey.

As before, local people in the Fountain and Bogside will also be involved in delivering a slice of the Awakening the Walls action, alongside other communities including the Greater Shantallow Community Arts project but in a change from previous years the four main streets within the wall will be closed to traffic during the performance.

This is  to alleviate congestion and enable the large crowds that have been attending the festivities  more space to plot their trail and take in the sights and sounds.

The Awakening the Walls performance continues until Wednesday 30, from 6pm to 8.30pm which also includes the  Derry Girls mural which has been revamped to Scary Girls so expect to see expect to see Erin, Michelle, Clare, Orla and ‘the wee English fella’ as never before.

Street art organisation UV Arts, who created the tribute to the Channel 4 show on the wall of a local pub, teamed up with Edinburgh-based arts collective Projector Club to devise an exciting projection mapped installation – where pieces of video and animated content are overlaid onto the wall – for three nights during Derry Halloween.

Donal O’Doherty of UV Arts said: “We’re taking the Derry Girls mural and dressing it up in true Halloween style. It will feature all things Halloween, and a few surprises, but we don’t want to give too much away. It’s mesmerising what can be done with video mapping.

“Derry Halloween started off along the River Foyle, then expanded into the Guildhall Square, and now the whole city is getting utilised, which is great,” said Donal.

“Everyone takes part, from eight-year-olds to eighty-year-olds. Everybody makes a big effort, families are out in force and it’s a real community feeling.”

An estimated 120,000 people are expected to come to Derry during the Halloween festival which culminates in the increbible parade and firework display at 8.15pm.

The Mayor of Derry and Strabane said: “The excitement is already building ahead of Halloween night and over the coming days there will be plenty of spooky activities for all ages.

“The event has been growing year on year, and we expect there to be a huge audience for the Carnival parade this year.

“With large crowds anticipated please take heed of the advice issued about traffic and travel, plan ahead and be mindful that there will be parking restrictions and road closures in place. Follow the signage and also any guidance from the PSNI and stewards who are there to ensure your safety on the night.”

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