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Magical cross-community festival set to rock Waterworks Park

One of Northern Ireland's biggest cross-community festivals kicks off tomorrow with more than 2,000 revellers expected to join the fun as part of the North Belfast Lantern Parade.

A spectacular evening's entertainment has been laid on, with major acts such as Pink tribute band Alecia Karr taking to a floating pontoon and stage on the Waterworks Pond. Also on display will be an array of street performers, Samba bands, Chinese dragons, fire-eaters and an evening filled with magical fairies. The evening culminates in a major fireworks display at 9pm.

Organised by New Lodge Arts and created in partnership with young people from 22 community centres and 13 schools across North Belfast, attendance is free and suitable for all children, young people and families in the area. New Lodge Arts is funded by Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Children In Need, OFMDFM and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Cecilia Heron from New Lodge Arts said: “Hundreds of children from schools and community groups right across North Belfast have been involved in creating what promises to be a visually stunning and exciting event. From pram to pensioner, this free event will offer something for everyone!

“The North Belfast Lantern Parade is an excellent example of communities working together to promote good relations and maximise the use of shared space. It promises to be bigger and better than anything we've done before and is a great showcase for the positive contribution children and young people make to our communities.”

Attendees should gather at the historic Crumlin Road Gaol main entrance from 6pm on Tuesday October 30th. The parade will then leave the Gaol via the Summer Street exit at 6.30pm and proceed along Cliftonpark Avenue, down Cliftonville Road, move onto the Antrim Road and then proceed into the Waterworks Park at 7pm.

The North Belfast Lantern Parade is part of the North Belfast Community Pride Programme which is funded through OFMDFM’s Good Relations Programme and led by Ashton Community Trust. This programme is delivered by New Lodge Arts and supported by a steering group consisting of various North Belfast-based youth and community organisations.

For more information, follow the festival organisers on twitter @newlodgearts, friend them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nlarts, or contact Cecilia Heron at New Lodge Arts on 028 9074 2255 or email cecilia@newlodgearts.com

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