13 July 2012: Song for Dover - Wednesday 18th July


As the Olympic Torch Relay shines its light across the UK Dover is getting ready to welcome the Torch for its last major event before it reaches London. On Wednesday 18th July Dover will enjoy an extraordinary celebration on its iconic Seafront.

Following the success of Light up Dover, launching the Cultural Olympiad in 2008, The World Famous are back in Dover with a programme of community celebration culminating in the finale pyromusical spectacular Song for Dover.

Song for Dover is a specially commissioned fire show with five choreographed boats in the harbour, and Dover Castle and the Prince of Wales pier acting as firing sites for the spectacular fireworks that will fill the skies of Dover to celebrate this once in a lifetime event.

Artistic Programme for the Day:

Bunting Forever – Produced by Dover Arts Development (Joanna Jones & Clare Smith), working with local people and international contributors to create over a mile of knitted bunting. Featured in Market Square and on the seafront.

Dover underpass gets an Olympic arch and the red carpet treatment
The underpass is the major thoroughfare leading from the town under the A20 to Dover seafront. It is in need of sprucing up for the big day and Dover Arts Development are creating an Olympic archway with the local community using woollen flowers and pompoms. This will adorn the entrance to the underpass and a red carpet will be painted onto the floor to create a grand entrance to the event.

Arrival of the Olympic Torch

At 6pm the Olympic Torch will make a spectacular nautical entrance into Dover Harbour on Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos, crewed by 28 local teenagers, accompanied by a flotilla of local boats, before being transferred to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Dover lifeboat to make the final approach to the Prince of Wales pier.

The Torch will then travel through the streets of Dover stopping at the Historic Dover Castle and Market Square before making its way back to the seafront.

Ticketed stage show

The LOCOG ticketed Stage Show is being held on Dover Seafront from 5.30pm and features:

20 minutes of local entertainment, including:

Pass the Passion Choir – representatives of 30 schools in Dover District working with local musical director, Richard Bundy. Pass the Passion song was written by Dover children in 2009 and represents a four year programme of schools’ work focused on the Olympics and Paralympics.
Snowdown Male Voice Choir – The last remaining Kent colliery choir which is celebrating its centenary later this year.
Richard Bundy Trio – Internationally acclaimed musician Richard Bundy plays jazz fusion with his band. Richard plays regularly with Marlon Roudette and has also played with Lady Gaga & Shania Twain.
Vista Twisters and CJ Dance – Two rival cheer squads working together for the first time to celebrate the Olympic flame.

• Lloyds TSB bringing 20 minutes of stunning acrobatic performances
• Samsung staging 20 minutes of amazing dance performances including a routine from Britain’s Got Talent Finalists ‘Twist & Pulse’
• Coca-Cola showcasing 20 minutes of the famous hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks.
• Arrival on-stage of the last Torchbearer of the day with the Olympic Torch Flame and the lighting of a celebration cauldron at around 7.20pm.

Please note that that Olympic Torch Relay coincides with the Stage Show and therefore you will not be able to attend both.

Street Entertainment – 7.45 – 9.45

• Nicole Mollett’s Kent Cultural Baton
• Puppet & Digit – Produced by Applause & PANEK
• Cascade Dance Academy – Cascade Dance choreographers working with dance students from Canterbury Christchurch Academy
• Mark John Smith’s LIVELIVE project – ‘I saw the torch’ collecting stories from local people
• Historic walk about characters – from Dover Castle – English Heritage
• Mac Twins DJ set (8.30-9.30) – Lisa Macfarlane is taking part in the Tall Ship Voyage. Her sister Alana will join her on the seafront for a set of toe tapping tunes.

Song for Dover Finale – Dover Seafront – 9.45pm

As light falls, voices rise along the balconies of the elegant regency buildings facing the sea, with voices sailing over the crowd. The chorus of 100, sound strong and clear as they call up the fireworks in the harbour where a spectacular finale unfolds combining song, boats and fireworks. This fire show features specially commissioned music by internationally acclaimed composers Helen Chadwick & Howard Moody, sung by five Dover Choirs – Dover Youth Choir; Snowdown Colliery Choir; Pharos Chamer Choir; St Marys Church Choir & The Drama and Operatic Society.
The lyrics are sourced from Shakespeare, Matthew Arnold, Tennyson, Aung San Suu Kyi, Barney Simon and a variety of web sourced public contributions. These choirs have never worked together before and represent a wide cross section of the local community to create this once-in-a-lifetime spectacular.

Song for Dover is a Free Event – Tickets are not required
We are advising people to arrive early as capacity on the seafront is limited and entry will be controlled on a first come first served basis.

Song for Dover credits:

Artistic Directors: Mike Roberts & Pippa Bailey
Firework Design: Maria Hingerty
Musical Composition: Helen Chadwick & Howard Moody
Musical Director: Howard Moody
Production Manager: Mat Ort

The World Famous Crew:
Amy Draper, Arvydas Petrikas, Asher Heigham, Ben Stephen, Brian Thunder, Cara Smyth, Carrie Lonsdale, Chris Hoxey, Gabriel Burden, Gabrielle Moleta, Graeme Gilmour, Jon Bielstein, Liz O’Byrne, Mandy Dike, Martin King, Mathew Nicholls, Paddy Benedict, Paul Bryce, Sally Langford & Tim Carter.

Song for Dover is being delivered by a partnership between The World Famous, Dover District Council and Kent County Council and has embedded arts and culture into every aspect of the celebration with substantial support from Arts Council England.