NINE NIGHTS IN ONE: BE PART OF SOMETHING AMAZING
For one amazing night the skies above Belfast will crackle and blaze with pyrotechnics; its streets will glow with the flickering light of eight hundred torches and vibrate to the pulsating rhythm of fifty-five Indian Dhol drums. The city will come alive to the dance and music of a distant culture as the eerily fantastic ‘Nine Nights’ production breathes new life into a story almost as old as time itself.
‘Nine Nights’ will be produced by leading ethnic arts group, ArtsEkta, in partnership with the internationally acclaimed Walk the Plank. The event will be one of the most ambitious and spectacular outdoor theatre events ever staged in Belfast City Centre and they are inviting participants to be part of this unique experience on the evening of 24th October 2015.
“The key to the success of this incredibly creative project lies in engaging and involving the community” says Nisha Tandon, Director of ArtsEkta. “This is a great opportunity for everyone to play their part in a huge one-off arts event. No matter what your age, sex, religion, ethnic background, there’s a place for you in this mammoth production and we can promise everyone who joins us a never-to-be-forgotten experience. If you are a talented musician or dancer, that’s fantastic, but, just as important, we are looking for communities across Belfast to help us bring this great story and our own great city to life. If you’re prepared to volunteer, we’ll help you prepare to take centre stage!”
‘Nine Nights’ will combine dance, music, pyrotechnics and other special effects to re-enact the epic and ancient story, inspired by the Indian Festival of Light – Diwali. The venture is supported by the flagship Creative and Cultural Belfast Fund, supporting large-scale arts projects across the city.
Looking forward to the event and encouraging people to come together to make it a success, the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Arder Carson, said, “Belfast City Council has long recognised the importance and value of bringing together cultural and community organisations. Our Creative Belfast venture which is a joint project with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland brings that ethos to life, providing fabulous opportunities to experience world-class culture and arts events.
“The spectacular ‘Nine Nights’ outdoor extravaganza offers the opportunity not simply to watch, but actually to be part of the production. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside ArtsEkta and the renowned Walk The Plank outdoor performance specialists with a production that celebrates the diversity, talent and vibrant energy that define today’s Belfast. This is your chance, so go for it!”
The evening will begin with an 800-strong costumed torchlight procession from Custom House Square to Belfast City Hall where the show will delight family audiences. Participation is being invited from individuals, community groups and schools to take part in that procession but, as Nisha Tandon of ArtsEkta explains, the opportunities are boundless.
If you think you have a sense of rhythm then you could even become a musician in the largest group of Dhol Drummers ever to have performed in Northern Ireland. In partnership with The Beat Carnival, ArtsEkta will be working with local drummers to introduce newcomers to the North Indian instrument, giving them training and inspiration over the next few months – a great chance to learn a new skill and make some new friends into the bargain!
To find out more or register interest in participating visit www.artsekta.org.uk
‘Nine Nights’ is one of seven Creative Belfast projects funded by Belfast City Council and the Arts Council for Northern Ireland through the Creative and Cultural Belfast Fund.
For more information go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/creativebelfast and www.artscouncil-ni.org or keep up-to-date on social media using the hashtag #CreativeBelfast on Facebook at www.facebook.com/creativebelfast and on Twitter @Crea8tiveBelfast.