Northern Ireland

Belfast celebrates Land of Giants show

An event billed as the "biggest outdoor arts celebration ever staged in Northern Ireland" has taken place in Belfast.

It was staged on the Titanic slipways and used the new visitor centre as a backdrop to tell the story of local giants like Finn McCool.

Aerial stunts, pyrotechnics and carnival dancers featured in the show, which involved 500 performers.

The stage was formed by seven shipping containers.

Performers were suspended from huge cranes.

The event was part of the London 2012 Festival , the 12-week UK-wide cultural celebration of the Olympic games.

Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity set up to create a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from London 2012 Festival in communities across the UK.

The event was one of only four outdoor spectaculars to be funded through the organisation's Community Celebrations programme as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Just over a week ago, the Legacy Trust announced the event would be free to spectators. All 18,000 free tickets for the Land of Giants event were quickly snapped up.

Moira Swinbank from Legacy Trust UK said: "This show is unique and a 'giant' achievement in itself due to the dedication and work of the hundreds who have been involved in its creation.

"It is important for us that everyone has an opportunity to join in this once-in-a-lifetime experience and making the wristbands free is the best route to realise this."

The show was written and directed by Mark Murphy.

It featured digital animation, dramatic special effects, fireworks, gravity defying aerial performances and a stage almost 200 metres long.

The performers were mostly from Northern Ireland.

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