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Gateway to the Tall Ships, Belfast 13-16 August 2009
« on: June 22, 2009, 02:02:42 PM »
Gateway to the Tall Ships, Belfast

The Energy Saving Trust Gateway to the Tall Ships promises 4 fun filled days of family entertainment in Custom House Square, Belfast from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th August, 2009.

As the Gateway to the massive maritime event that is ‘The Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge’, Custom House Square will showcase the best, newest and most exciting talent in Belfast, right when the eyes of the World are on the city. 

The event’s daytime entertainment from 12 noon to 6pm is completely FREE.  It will welcome Belfast residents and visitors with an eclectic celebration of global influences including Irish, Mexican and Indian traditions, New Orleans style jazz, as well as contemporary sounds.   

There will be bar and catering facilities as well as plenty to amuse the kids with face painting, kite making, and rides on mini diggers, to name only a few things in store. 

Evening programmes run daily from 8pm to midnight. Tickets cost £12 and are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre, online or in person (tel. 028 9024 6609).

Thursday night’s ‘Celtic Welcome’ headliner is Four Men and a Dog, with support from BBC Radio Two Award Winners, Lau.  ‘The Dogs’ are a gathering of stellar traditional Irish musicians who fuse boogie and blues music with the traditional.

Friday’s ‘From the Highlands to our Ireland’ features headliners, the Battlefield Band.  At the forefront of the revival of Scottish music, they mix the old songs with new self-penned repertoire.

Saturday’s ‘Salsa Fiesta’ not only includes a salsa dance workshop but also the hot blooded Cuban sound of Orquesta Caché to round of the night.

And Sunday’s ‘Titanic World Ceilidh’ features a unique performance by Flook plus friends.  BBC Northern Ireland’s Blas Ceoil show has jumped at the chance to film this one-off reunion of Flook at Custom House Square.  Expect a few surprises, a heap of special guests and dancers making this a fantastic finale to this phenomenal event

Should you require further information on the Energy Saving Trust Gateway to the Tall Ships and its veritable feast of music, dance and family activities, visit or call Smallworld Music Ltd. on tel. (028) 9064 1107.