The organisers of the 2014 Walled City Tattoo are planning to pull off an even bigger production than last year’s City of Culture highlight.
The large-scale cross community event will see up to 20,000 people taking ringside seats for the outdoor performances alone.
The event was launched yesterday with a Highland fling and Irish jig at the Guildhall.
The headline act at this year’s Tattoo, which runs from August 27th to 30th, will feature children as young as six from the London motorbike performance and stunt troupe The Imps. They will be just one of a raft of new features for this year’s production, which will be themed on the key figures in terms of Derry’s industry and transport history, with American aviator Amelia Earhart among those set to feature during the show.
Other international acts performing will be the Marsa Scouts band from Malta and the Paris Fire Band. They will be joined by numerous dancers and bands from Derry and across Ireland and Britain.
Representatives from most of the featured acts joined the production team and Deputy Mayor Gary Middleton at the launch yesterday.
They witnessed Irish dancer Bridget Madden and Highland dancer Georgina Kee McCarter- who will be choreographing part of the show- jointly delivering a sample of the fancy footwork that will be on show come August.
DUP Councillor Gary Middleton described the programme as ‘ambitious and high quality’, adding that it was a string of excellent cultural highlights scheduled for the next few months. “There is no doubt the Walled City Tattoo will be major attraction this year,” he said.
Joanna McConway, head of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure’s new North West office, said the City of Culture year and the Tattoo as a central part of it had proved to be a game changer for Derry.
“There is going to be real colour in this city all through the summer and we want to keep that going as long as possible,” she said.
Production Director of the Walled City Tattoo Jonathan Burgess said there were 14,000 people aged from eight to 80 who could testify to how great the first ever Tattoo in Northern Ireland was last year.
“We have been inundated with requests from around the world to come and guest at the Tattoo this year,” he said.