Published on : Sunday, April 13, 2014
The outdoor spectacle, which was one of the highlights of the 2013 UK City of Culture, will comprise a 500 strong cast of local, national and international performers.
The production will entertain and delight up to 15,000 people in Northern Ireland’s largest, bespoke Amphitheatre when it returns to the city’s Ebrington Square from 27th to 30th August.
The 200 Walled City Tattoo dancers have been recruited from the Highland, Irish and contemporary dance worlds from all across Northern Ireland and will be joined by North West supergroup Sontas who will provide the musical back drop to the show.
Two of the city’s oldest bands, Britannia Concert Band and Hamilton Flute Band will share the stage with the Paris Fire Brigade Band who will show off their unique take on Tattoo entertainment, combining their precise marching skills with some more modern dance moves.
The ever-popular age old tradition of the Massed Pipes and Drums will comprise a spectacle of over 100 pipers and drummers from all over Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany.
They will be joined this year by special guests from Malta, The Marsa Scouts Pipes and Drums. Swiss comedy act Star Bugs will add that special comic element to the production with their unique mix of dance, acrobatics and slapstick.
And topping off this fantastic roll call of acts is the world renowned Imps Motorcycle Display Team who will be in town for 4 nights only to wow the crowds with their daring performance.
Event producer James Kee from Sollus Cultural Promotions commented: “We were blown away by the response from audiences, performers and partners last year and can’t wait to present another 4 nights of dazzling entertainment at the end of August.
The hope is that the Walled City Tattoo will become an annual event in the Northern Ireland calendar and the reaction to our announcements today go some way in ensuring that dream will hopefully become a reality.”
As with the inaugural 2013 production, the show will combine the pomp, ceremony and grandeur of traditional tattoo events with a special Maiden City twist with this year’s show telling the story of the city’s transport heritage from the local railways to the ship building yards.
Director Jonathan Burgess added: “The city’s connection with the development of transport will be explored back to life in a spectacular extravaganza. Once again, we will see Derry~Londonderry lit up as a cultural hub where the people within our society celebrate side by side.
Music throughout the show will reflect on our traditional roots as well as an exciting future. Massed bands will include pipes and drums, brass and flute and, with the support of Sontas, cultural fusion will create the essence of the whole event.
All the participants have an enthusiastic approach to local culture. Whether it is Ulster-Scots or Irish, music, song or dance, our cast is intergenerational and enthusiastic. The ethos of our team is to present our heritage in a fresh, new and modern way.”
A Family Festival Fun Day will run as part of this year’s Walled City Tattoo. Taking place on Friday 29th August, the free event will be open to the public and will give the audience the chance to meet performers, try on costumes, play instruments and watch some very special performances.
Mayor Cllr Martin Reilly welcoming the return of the Walled City Tattoo during Music City 2014, said it was a huge mark of confidence in the city.
“The event was a massive success in the city last year and we are delighted that the organizers have decided to return to the city to bring this spectacular showcase of local and international multi-cultural talent over four nights in August.
Derry City Council is delighted to support the events as part of its Legacy Programme and is confident that the event will appeal to locals and visitors alike.
World class events such as the Walled City Tattoo with its eclectic mix of local and international performances has a broad cultural appeal and builds the City’s profile as a location for hosting major international events.”
The Walled City Tattoo is funded by the Department of Trade, Enterprise and Investment through the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, Derry City Council, Ilex and the Ulster Scots Agency and is supported by Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau.
Eddie Rowan, Events Manager for Northern Ireland Tourist Board added: “Northern Ireland Tourist Board is pleased to sponsor the Walled City Tattoo in 2014.
This event will provide visitors and locals alike with the opportunity to enjoy an event showcasing a mix of performances, with international appeal.
This event has the potential to become an established event in Derry~Londonderry’s annual calendar of events. We wish the organisers every success for the year ahead.”