8 September 2009

Fly Butterfly Event – October 2009 – Belfast City Hall Opening

A Beat Initiative Outdoor Spectacle Event for Belfast City Hall Re-Opening

View photos on our Flickr Galleries – Fly Butterfly 1

View photos on our Flickr Galleries – Fly Butterfly 2

A spectacular aerial dance performance to mark the re-opening of Belfast City Hall.

Fly Butterfly is also the launch of Beat’s Liftoff project for the Legacy Trust UK “Connections” programme to build a lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Fly Butterfly is a spectacle that pictures the re-emergence of a newly renovated Belfast City Hall: a public event in the city-centre streets and City Hall grounds, involving hundreds of community participants with arts and sports performers. The Butterfly represents emergence, renaissance, transformation  – and flight, or ‘liftoff’, to the future: a future with Belfast being a shared space for all.

Be part of the opening celebrations. Join the Caterpillar Parade. Download a butterfly mask template to colour and cut-out

Make your own caterpillar or butterfly mask at home, or come along to one of Beat’s open workshops: 

  • Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Saturday 10 October, 1 – 4pm
  • City Hall, Saturday 17 October from 12.00pm

To enquire about the workshops programme or to book a Saturday session, phone Beat at 028 9043 4767 or email beat@belfastcarnival.com

Saturday 17 October Programme

12.00 – 2.30pm Family Workshops in City Hall

Make butterflies to welcome the caterpillar to City Hall.
Phone Beat to pre-book a 30 minute workshop session: Tel 028 9043 4767

12.00 – 3.00pm Music Stage in City Hall grounds with Love Music Hate Racism & Homely Planet Radio.

12.30pm Colenso Parade

1.20pm  Joe Lindsay

2.00pm Ten Gallon Hat and the Big Salute

2.45pm The Ugly Bug Ball

2.30 – 3.00pm Caterpillar Parade
City Centre: Bank Square > Royal Avenue / Castle Junction > City Hall
Caterpillar dancers, butterflies, street performers, drummers, puppets and hundreds of community participants.
Join in!

2.45pm The Ugly Bug Ball at City Hall Lawn

3.10pm Fly Butterfly
An aerial performance spectacle on the City Hall façade and in City Hall grounds with a giant butterfly on the roof, aerial performers on the wall; dancers and acrobatic ground performers, and Ruby Colley playing an original music soundtrack.

3.30pm Announce the City Hall open

3.35pm Music and Dance performance: Beat Dancers, Beat’n’Drum, the Ireland Drummers, and maSamba music set.

Fly Butterfly is imagined, created and performed by the Beat Initiative with support from Belfast City Council, the Legacy Trust UK , the Arts Council and the European Regional Development Fund under the Peace lll programme. Fly Butterfly is the launch event for Beat’s Liftoff project for the Legacy Trust UK “Connections” programme. LTUK is an independent charity set up to help build a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. “Connections” is managed by the Arts Council Northern Ireland.

Beat’s key arts and sports partners in the Liftoff project who are involved in this event are:

  • Circus Bone Idle
  • Bruiser Theatre Company
  • Rathgael Gymnastics
  • Streetwise Circus