Land of Giants was a 14 month long cultural celebration that took place across Northern Ireland and climaxed at Belfast's Titanic Slipways on 30 June 2012 with a spectacular event combining acrobatics, aerial dance, carnival, circus, physical performance, music, multi-media and pyrotechnics in front of over 20,000 people. The event featured feature a 500-strong cast of exceptional local performers and musicians teamed with a stellar line-up from around the globe.
The celebrations took their inspiration from a number of ‘Giants’ that are present in Northern Ireland’s history, both ancient and modern, including Finn McCool, the giant who created the Giant’s Causeway; Gulliver, whose giant features are outlined in the hills surrounding Belfast; Samson and Goliath, the two cranes which have dominated the Belfast skyline for the past forty years and the giant ship Titanic together with her less famous sister ship, the Olympic.
Land of Giants was part of a programme of 2012 activity promoting diversity, volunteering and citizenship across the UK. As well as entertaining thousands of Northern Irish people it boosted the creative industries in Northern Ireland, developed local talent for the future, offered a skills and training programme for many participants, and delivered educational projects in a variety of schools.
Land of Giants was funded by Legacy Trust UK
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