30/09/2005

Things ‘looking up’ for start of ‘Celebrate Belfast’ programme

A 15-month programme of more than 500 events to ‘Celebrate Belfast’ literally starts on a high this coming weekend.

It will be a case of ‘Look Up!’ as one of the world’s top high wire walkers takes to the skies above City Hall on Saturday evening to kickstart the ‘Celebrate Belfast’ programme with one of the most spectacular feats of derring-do ever seen in the city.

Ramon Kelvink will walk between two of the City Hall’s domes, via a tower just inside the front gates, on a wire hoisted more than 50 feet above the ground – and without the aid of a safety net.

The daring display will bring to a close a day-long carnival in the grounds of City Hall, combining music, ‘extreme sports’, dance and dazzling acrobatic shows.

The fun starts at noon, and concludes with an aerial spectacular of stunning trapeze work and Ramon Kelvink’s death-defying performance.

Throughout the day there will also be music from the likes of singer/songwriter Eugene Dunphy, John McSherry, the Jackie Rainey Band and top band Delaware, with Downtown Radio hosts Candy Devine and Robert Skates keeping things going throughout the day.

‘Look Up: Celebrate Our City’ takes place in the grounds of City Hall from 12 noon on Saturday. Heliosphere will begin the official opening ceremony at 6.30pm, with Ramon Kelvink setting out on his tightrope walk (weather permitting) at around 6.50pm.

(MB/SP)

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