*Light Up Lilliput* - East Belfast Lantern Festival
This year’s Lantern Parade is set to create a truly magical feel. Puppeteers from Brussels and Bologna will host a public workshop at Belfast Carnival Centre on Wednesday 3 December at 7pm, to teach individuals how to create and perform with their own puppets. Local puppet company, Brothers Dimm, who have worked with Sesame Street, will also be there to work with community participants and to perform on the evening. For this Lantern Parade, we’ve introduced a new musical performance – from Salvador in northern Brazil and which goes back to African origins. The simple groove has a soothing affect, blending traditional percussion instruments with song. Youth groups and choirs from Belfast and Armagh will be creating this unique beat during the parade.
Bring out your lantern to light up the streets of Lilliput for Gulliver's wee dander on Saturday 6th December. At 7pm, the big lad will be returning from his Christmas shopping at Belmont. Heading down the Newtownards Road, he'll most likely call in at Ballymacarrett to warm-up and maybe have a wee festive dance with his Lilliputian mates.
** To see some photos from the 2008 event, see here
Through BelBoBru, one of Beat’s European partnership projects, artists from the Par Tot Parade, Bologna and the Zinneke Parade, Brussels will be taking an active role in sharing skills and developing local talent. They will they assist in preparing puppet creations and rehearsing drumming performances for the lantern parade and finalé. The finalé performance brings together Beat's carnival drummers, European drummers, local traditional musicians and dancers, Moroccan traditional percussionists and Wandsworth Community Association youth group.
The parade starts at 7.00pm and runs until 9.00pm with the finalé performance at the Beat’s Ballymacarrett warehouse, where tea and coffee will be available.
The Lantern Festival week starts with an Open Day at the Belfast Carnival Centre on Saturday 29th November. Everyone is welcome to attend: children, parents, grandparents – the whole family.
TIMETABLE – BELFAST CARNIVAL CENTRE OPEN DAY – 29th November 1.30pm – 4.00pm
|Costume and face painting sessions||
14:00 – 14:30
&15:30 – 16:00
Public Lantern Making Workshop
Date: Saturday 29 November 2008
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Venue: Connswater Shopping Centre
Puppet Cabaret (for neighbourhood residents)
Date: Wednesday 3 December 2008
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Belfast Carnival Centre
NB. Beat’s new Belfast Carnival Centre is at Boyd Street, BT13 2GU – off Millfield behind Castlecourt shopping centre
Puppet makers from Brussels and Bologna will perform and work with public participants to create their own puppets. Local puppet company, Brothers Dimm will work and perform throughout the evening. The Brothers Dimm puppeteers were both involved in the local Sesame Tree production in 2007.