Past Dates

28 September 2012: Pendulum Fires - Gravity Fields Festival 2012

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Gravity Fields Festival

“A fantastic & eclectic festival of science and arts in a long over due celebration of the life and achievements of one of the world’s greatest scientists – Sir Issac Newton”.

We are happy to be supporters of this fabulous festival and will be presenting Pendulum Fires on 28th September in Grantham Market Square.

Pendulum Fires is a simple but beautiful fire installation, based on the pendulum theory of Newtonian mechanics. Fifteen simple pendulums – each a large flaming sphere – suspended from a truss structure installed into the Market Square. When released, the pendulums sway back and forth at different rates, creating slowly-changing magical patterns of fire. From an original idea by Maria Hingerty.

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28 August 2012: 'Flame' in Aylesbury

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On the 28th August , flames from the 4 capitals of the UK converge on Stoke Mandeville – the birthplace of the Paralympics – where they combine to form the Paralympic Flame.

As the Paralympic torch arrives in Aylesbury – it’s first stop en route from Stoke Mandeville to London – its flame lights up the Market Square. Projected onto the Courthouse building, the story of the Paralympics unfolds, interspersed with human tales of courage and achievement.

Flame is a collaboration between The World Famous, and video mapping specialists Shared Space & Light It combines cutting edge projection techniques and precise pyrotechnic synchronisation with the timeless attraction of fire, to explore the imagery and meaning behind the Paralympic flame.

Please click here to watch the edited highlights video of the Flame

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Still Frame from Shared Space & Light projection

Show Credits
Creative Direction – Mandy Dike, Chris Grottick, Mike Roberts, Giles Thacker
Firework Design – Maria Hingerty & Mandy Dike
Video Design – Chris Grottick and Giles Thacker
Design – Mandy Dike & Graeme Gilmour
Production – Mike Roberts / Mat Ort (TWF), Kate Laird (SS&L), Geoff Rowe (BDC)

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Image by Rachel Gadsen

05 August 2012: La Campana - Stockton International Riverside Festival

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This exciting show by Periplum tells the story of a warring land, devastated and raised in flames by warring forces. A sensory extravaganza with dynamic promenade action, stilts, aerial performance, incendiary text and soaring music to create a potent tale of hope and redemption. The show features fire and pyrotechnics from The World Famous.

Photo Credit – Fatima

28 July 2012: Godiva Awakes

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On 28 July 2012, Imagineer Productions’ 21st Century Godiva will awake to a spectacular performance involving dancers, actors, aerialists, musicians and pyrotechnicians.

This Godiva for the modern age will then journey from Coventry to London to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The World Famous will be adding some sparkle to the performance, with fireworks and pyrotechnics fired across the city, as well as lighting the old Coventry Cathedral with fire as Godiva sleeps.

For more information about Godiva Awakes please Click Here

24 July 2012: Concrete Inferno The Fire Garden - Inside Out @ The National Theatre

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We’re very happy to be returning to Inside Out – formerly Watch This Space – at the National Theatre this July to present Concrete Inferno.

Over three evenings (24th, 25th & 26th July) we will be bringing the National Theatre to life with fire and flames, turning the square and terraces of this iconic building into a large scale riverside hanging garden of fire.

Please click here to watch the edited highlights of Fire Garden

Inside Out at The National Theatre is a part of the
London 2012 Festival

Concrete Inferno is a free event & tickets are not required.


Photo Credit – Angus MacKechnie

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

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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.

30 June 2012: Silo D

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We are very excited to announce a unique site-specific show coming to London on June 30th (at 10pm)

We have been commissioned by Paradise Gardens Festival & London Pleasure Gardens to create Silo D, as part of The London 2012 Festival

Silo D is a spectacular pyrotechnic display and theatrical performance that will animate and celebrate the architecture of a unique piece of London’s industrial heritage and explore the history of the Silvertown site.
The show is inspired by a traumatic event that happened on the site in 1917 when a TNT factory exploded, tragically killing 73 people and filling the sky with burning grain, at once both beautiful and terrifying.

This FREE show will fuse music, pyrotechnics, projection and theatre in a large, open air performance.

Sited in the heart of Olympic East London (North Woolwich Road, E16 2BS), London Pleasure Gardens is a 20-acre riverside arts and entertainment destination which celebrates the very best of London’s world famous alternative culture.


Silo D Credits:
Director: Mike Roberts
Pyro Design: Maria Hingerty
Performance Director & Performer: Pippa Bailey
Movement Director & Performer: Gabrielle Moleta
Sound Design: Thor McIntyre-Burnie
Lighting Design: Douglas Green
Production Manager: Francis Watson
Solo Performer: Magdelene Mills

Our extremely hardworking crew:
Alex Saunders
Brian Thunder
Cara Smyth
Liz O’Byrne
Mathew Nicholls
Paul Bryce
& Sally Langford

Silo D was created in partnership with Central School of Speech & Drama.

Volunteer Performers:
Alex Johnson
Cecilia Segar
Evelyn Lockley
Laura-Jean Ross
Maria Bressler
Sara Alexopoulou
And Siu-See Hong

Pyrotechnics Team:
Carrie Lonsdale & Hannah Selby

Douglas Green’s lighting team:
Alan Fotheringham
Alfie Maroney O’Brien
Alex Hopkins
James Adkins
Martin McLachlan
Matt Peers
Max Spielbichler
Nathan Long
Tom Robson

30 June 2012: GLOW Dance Festival 2012

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Mandy Dike has been working with 2Faced Dance, designing some fiery animation for GLOW Dance Festival 2012. A family fun festival style afternoon event fizzing with dance. Join the fun and take part in some workshops in styles from Bollywood to Ballet. Sit back and watch performances and demos by dancers from the professional dance world, schools, youth dance groups and private dance schools.

At night, witness the Castle Green being transformed into a live spectacular dance show with a mesmerising mix of dance and music, culminating in an unforgettable fire lit finale for all the family to enjoy.

GLOW will be held on the 30th June 2012 at the Castle Green, Hereford
Please click here to get your tickets for this unforgettable event.


16 June 2012: Belton Spitfire Proms

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We are very happy to be returning to the National Trust’s Belton House in Grantham this year to provide the fireworks finale for the Belton Spitfire Proms featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

“2012 will once again see the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra start their performance to the sound of Merlin Engines as RAF Spitfires fly overhead. Their final piece of the night will be to an amazing fireworks finale”.

The gates open at 6pm, the RAF Regiment Band start their parade at 7pm and the main concert starts at 7.30pm!

Please click here to get your tickets for this wonderful evening of entertainment

Photo Credit: McConnels

26 May 2012: The Opera Group - Fire

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This newly commissioned piece is a spirited meditation on humankind’s enduring fascination with fire, from acclaimed composer David Bruce. It is based on a collage of texts, including works from celebrated poet Vikram Seth and the 6th century Jewish poet Yannai. Mandy Dike is designing a fiery installation to accompany an ensemble of horns and a community chorus for the 12 minute performance.

The Opera Group are proud to present Fire which is a part of New Music 20×12, a UK-wide commissioning programme initiated by Jillian Barker and David Cohen, and delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with the BBC, LOCOG, Sound and Music and NMC Recordings. It is presented in association with Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Tour

Regrettably, due to unforeseen circumstances, the performance of Fire scheduled for Sunday 27th May @ Brighton Festival has been cancelled.

Salisbury Festival – Salisbury Cathedral Close, Choristers’ Green on Saturday 26th May at 9.30pm
This is a free event
www.sailsburyfestival.co.uk

Bishops Sq, Spitalfields, London on Saturday 23rd June at 9pm
This is a free event – no ticket required
www.spitalfieldsfestival.org.uk

Southbank Centre Square, London on Saturday 14th July at 10.00pm
This is a free event – no ticket required
www.southbankcentre.co.uk


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07 April 2012: Titanic Belfast

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As you may have heard, April is the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic’s ill fated maiden voyage. It also marks the opening of the new Titanic Belfast Visitor Attraction.

To mark the event, on Saturday 7th April, we are delighted to be working with Culture Creative, White Light and Seeper to deliver an unforgettable 40 minute audiovisual performance using cutting edge architectural projection, intense 3D motion graphics, sychronised pyrotechnics and bespoke sound design.

The show will also be the first time intense 3D motion graphics have combined with such precision with synchronised pyrotechnics.

Event Producer, Zoe Bottrell of Culture Creative said:
“This unique and iconic building will set sail on a wave of anticipation and will set a tone of optimism for the future of Belfast”.

For more details of the Titanic Belfast Festival 2012, click here

There is now a video on Vimeo showing edited highlights of the show please click here to watch it.

Photo Credit – Wesley Ellis (Ellis photography 2010)

19 February 2012: Birthday Blaze

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On a dark February evening he will appear from behind the columns and conjure up a fire-filled spectacle. It will be a birthday like no other with enchantment, brilliance, feasting and mischief…

We are delighted to have been commissioned by Newcastle Theatre Royal to create 4 days of pyrotechnic performance (16th – 19th February) to celebrate this iconic theatre’s 175th birthday.

Produced by Pinwheel, the Birthday Blaze will start – on Thursday & Friday – by bringing the outside of the theatre alive each hour with light, sound and pyrotechnics.

On Saturday & Sunday, Grey Street will be transformed with flames and fiery performance. Phantoms of fiction will be the hosts for this dazzling masquerade, familiar characters from the theatre’s history: the starcrossed lovers, the sisters of fate, the forlorn belle of the ball, a band of thieves, Old Nick and Lady Grey. Prepare to be spellbound as they draw you into their starlit world.

All events are FREE and take place outside the Theatre Royal on Grey Street. No tickets required, just turn up and enjoy! For more information, click here.

The video showing highlights of the Birthday Blaze event is now on Vimeo. Please click here to watch it

Concept & Design: Mandy Dike / Creative Direction: Mike Roberts & Mandy Dike / Performance Direction: Flick Ferdinando / Musical Direction: Patrick Dineen / Lighting Design: Johnny Goodwin.

29 January 2012: Year of the Dragon

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For the 6th year, we will be helping the London Chinatown Community Association celebrate New Year in style!
We are welcoming in the Year of the Dragon with firecrackers in Trafalgar Square and animating the stage and the square with pyrotechnics and flames for the day’s finale performance. Our display last year has been shortlisted in the prestigious Event Production Awards Special Effects Supplier category which will be announced on 1st February – fingers crossed!

Helena Vagnolini’s video of the finale show is now on Vimeo. Click here
to watch it.

Photo of Chinese new year 2011 courtesy of Doug Southall Photography.

31 December 2011: Fetes De La Lumiere Saint Raphael, France

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We are looking forward to celebrating New year’s Eve on the shores of the Mediterranean, performing our ever popular comic pyrotechnic show Blast! in St Raphael. Follow our hero Michael Santos as his determined efforts to reach the stars take him further than he could ever have imagined…

27 November 2011: St Andrews Day Edinburgh

There will be an early celebration to herald the St Andrews Day festivities in Edinburgh from 6.30-8pm. We will be performing firedrawings, fireworks and projections from the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle. Click here

24 November 2011: Edinburgh's Christmas Festivities - Light Night

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Edinburgh’s Christmas 2011 celebrations are fast approaching and we are delighted to be working with She’s Gott It! Events to be delivering the opening event. We will be performing our highly atmospheric show Frost and Fire for the launch of this popular event at 5.15pm on The Mound. More details can be found if you click here

05 November 2011: Collis Primary School, Teddington

We are looking forward to providing a fun filled evening at Collis Primary School to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, for more information click here

04 November 2011: Slade School, Tonbridge

We are very happy to be returning for the third year to celebrate Bonfire Night with Slade School PTA on Friday 5th November at 7.30pm, our display last year got rave reviews!

28 October 2011: Autumn firework fun in two city centres

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As the evenings get darker, the opportunities for fireworks increase! This autumn, we will be celebrating the changing seasons in 2 city-centre locations.

We are delighted to be returning to Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth Harbour to provide another amazing aerial firework display on Friday 28th October.

And we will be working with BrightFX on Saturday 19th November to create a fun filled pyrotechnic performance to celebrate the Christmas Lights Switch on at The Oracle Reading.

15 October 2011: All Hands at the Canterbury Festival

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The third outing of our new show All Hands will be at the ever popular Canterbury Festival The show is at 7pm (tbc) at Toddler’s Cove, at the end of the traditional opening parade.

Click here for more information about the show.
This show has been supported by an Arts Investment Grant from Kent County Council.

26 August 2011: Blink Margate

We are delighted to be working with McMcArts for one very special night on 27 August when Margate’s seafront will undergo a miraculous transformation. Buildings will come alive, the beach will be lit up with stunning flaming structures and a hundred local people will take to the beach to perform. BLINK Margate is a celebratory event that re-imagines not only the seafront, but also the sea, the sky and beyond. We will be supplying fireworks and facilitating Pan.Optikum’s pyrotechnic performance.

22 July 2011: All Hands at SO Festival Skegness 9.45pm

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Two years after performing Full Circle on the beach for the first ever SO Festival we are delighted to be back in Skeggy this summer. This will be a second chance to see how All Hands is progressing as musical directors David White and Kuljit Bhamra will be taking the music to another level.

Click here for more information about the show.

Photograph courtesy of Arthur Fentaman

18 June 2011: Periplum's The Bell at St Albans Festival

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This 360 degree spectacle provides a fantastic climax to the St Albans Festival Launch Day. The Bell tells the story of a warring clan in a warring land, devastated and razed in flames by invading forces. A sensory extravaganza with dynamic promenade action, stilts, aerial performance, incendiary text and soaring music to create a potent tale of hope and redemption. The show features fire and pyro from The World Famous.
Suitable for age 8+
The show will begin at 9pm with a running time of 45 minutes. For more information click here
For more information about Periplum click here

18 June 2011: All Hands (a work in progress) at The Medway Fuse Festival

The first chance for a sneak preview of our new show, All Hands will be at the ever popular Fuse Festival The show starts at 9.45pm sharp in the historic setting of Rochester Castle.

All Hands is a pyrotechnic celebration of human collective endeavour, the inevitability of change, and the power of connection. It combines fire, fireworks, music and performance to create a spectacular and moving transformation of the castle, but the most important element is the audience – without your participation, the show can’t happen.

Click here for more information about the show.

Photograph courtesy of Rikard Osterlund

04 June 2011: Belton Spitfire Proms

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We are very excited to be providing the firework finale for the National Trusts’s Spitfire Proms at Belton House, near Grantham. The show starts at 7.30 with a flyover from 2 spitfires before an evening of music from the Royal Philhamonic Concert Orchestra.

For more details, click here

For tickets, visit ticketmaster

Photograph courtesy of Lincolnshire Life.

06 February 2011: Chinese New Year Celebrations

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Join us in Trafalgar Square where The World Famous will be setting off some very noisy fire crackers to open the celebrations for the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. Our traditional firework display in Leicester Square won’t be happening this year as the square is being redeveloped, but if you stay for the entertainment in Trafalgar Square, you can expect plenty of pyrotechnic surprises…

Photograph courtesy of Doug Southall Photography.

26 November 2010: The Electric Estate, Engineering Dreams interactive illuminations at Cragside, Northumberland

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For three weeks from 11th to 28th November 2010 the stunning National Trust managed Cragside Estate, created 150 years ago by William and Margaret Armstrong, is being electrically transformed by the Northumberland Lights creative team. On 26th November, we will be collaborating with Phil Supple, Graeme Gilmour, Dan Fox, and Toby Park to create a beautiful public fireshow to celebrate the 200th birthday of the extraordinary inventor and industrialist, William Armstrong.
Learn more about this year’s prgramme.
There will be pre-show entertainment from 6.30.
The event will be as follows:
1915-1945 Pre-show entertainment and audience assembly
approx. 1945 Show commences
approx. 2005 Show ends

05 November 2010: Bonfire Night Slade School

We are happy to once again have been asked to provide a fantastic fireworks display for The Slade School PTA Fireworks Night on Friday 5th November at 7.30pm, our display last year got rave reviews!

29 October 2010: Day of the Dead celebrations Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

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On the 29th October we are delighted that we will be part of the Day of the Dead celebrations at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth.

We will be working with Same Sky who are creating a community procession to the Portsmouth harbourside, where a giant butterfly will emerge from the deep, animated with pyrotechnics. We are creating the finale to the event, a firework display fired from a boat, a jetty and a pontoon on the harbour. The fireworks will be choreographed to an exciting musical mix of halloween and Day of the Dead tunes and will start at 8.05pm.

Photograph courtesy of Alex Withers.

24 October 2010: The Bell touring in Mexico

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24 October – 7 Nov The Bell will be touring around Mexico starting in Mexico City. The Bell is a mesmerising tale of war, hope and redemption. It tells the story of warring clans in a warring land where the enemies, blinded with mutual hate, want to raze each other to the ground. The absurdity of war and the instinct to destroy may go on for ever and escalate the violence or end there and then if they choose to rebuild the world from the remaining debris. Inspired by Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev and Kurosawa’s Ran the show has the power to awaken awareness of how bloody the price of fighting for one’s freedom and moral choices can be. The Bell builds a suggestive dreamlike reality which creates astonishment and fear, but also admiration for its beauty.

12 September 2010: Bestival Isle of Wight Robin Hill Country Park

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We are pleased to announce that we are working with the Bestival team once again to create an amazing sculptural bonfire, designed by Mandy Dike. To learn more have a look here

Photograph courtesy of Doug Southall Photography.

08 August 2010: The Big Chill Eastnor Castle

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Back for the third consecutive year; Mandy Dike will be creating another amazing sculptural bonfire which will be animated by fireworks and performance, to light up the finale of this fabulous music festival.
Learn more about this year’s prgramme.

Photograph courtesy of Matt Farrow.

06 August 2010: Full Circle at Festival dos Oceanos, Lisbon

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This year’s Festival dos Oceanos in Lisbon is celebrating the centenary of the Portugese Republic. One of the highlights will be 2 nights of Full Circle in the beautiful Praça do Comércio.

Photograph courtesy of Isa Silva.

01 August 2010: Camp Bestival

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We are excited to be working again with The Camp Bestival team to produce an awe inspiring pyrotechnic display with Lulworth Castle once again providing a stunning backdrop. The show, designed by Maria Hingerty & Mike Roberts, will be set to eclectic music mixed by Rob da Bank. Have a look at the website to find out more

16 July 2010: Full Circle at the Milton Keynes IF Festival

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Come and see this wonderfully atmospheric show which uses live music, fire, fireworks and special effects to tell a story of change, taking you on a journey through the seasons. Have a look at this show.
This will be the first edition of the Milton Keynes International Festival at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes on 16th July. Cick here

26 June 2010: Fuse Medway Festival

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We will be working with aerial performance company Scarabeus to create a fabulous pyrotechnic finale at this popular festival. 'Focal Point’ will take place aboard LV21 – a 40 metre steel-hulled lightship which is being transformed into a floating cultural facility. The ship – anchored in the Medway – will be animated with fireworks, flames and performance as the climax to an evening of entertainment at Rochester Riverside. Show design by Mike Roberts & Maria Hingerty. Click here for more information about the LV21 project, and here for the festival website.

Photograph courtesy of Rikard Osterlund.

25 June 2010: Malta Festival, Poznan (Poland) – 25-26th June

The Bell Liberty Square 22:00
We’re very happy to be working with Periplum again, providing fire and fireworks for The Bell at the Malta Festival . Look out for some more dates in Mexico later in the year.
The Bell is a mesmerising tale of war, hope and redemption. It tells the story of warring clans in a warring land where the enemies, blinded with mutual hate, want to raze each other to the ground. The absurdity of war and the instinct to destroy may go on for ever and escalate the violence or end there and then if they choose to rebuild the world from the remaining debris. Inspired by Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev and Kurosawa’s Ran the show has the power to awaken awareness of how bloody the price of fighting for one’s freedom and moral choices can be. The Bell builds a suggestive dreamlike reality which creates astonishment and fear, but also admiration for its beauty.

05 June 2010: Salisbury International Arts Festival

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The Gold Award winning Salisbury International Arts Festival will take place 21st May – 5th June 2010. Once again The World Famous have been asked to perform at the Festival Finale at 7pm which will be a fantastic evening for families and friends. Bring a picnic and your favourite people as the event promises wonderful live music, street performers, things to see and do – all capped off by our stunning choreographed firework display, designed by Mathew Nicholls, launched against the unique backdrop of Salisbury’s Cathedral.
Click here for more information about the festival.

Photograph courtesy of Adrian Harris.

03 April 2010: Ostara, Far Gosford Street, Coventry

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Start Time: 8pm Charterhouse Fields (Procession), 8.30pm Bottom Far Gosford Street for Promenade Performance, Finale will be on Gosford Green.
We have teamed up with Imagineer Productions to produce OSTARA, an Easter holiday spectacular celebrating the regeneration of Far Gosford Street.
It will tell the story of the extraordinary history and heritage of the area and the characters who have breathed life into its streets through time. This spectacular event with two hundred local community performers working alongside professional artists from Imagineer Productions and The World Famous will pay homage to the mythical origins of Easter and will celebrate the Spring Equinox in a journey from darkness into light.
The character of Attis will emerge on his chariot in Charterhouse Fields and will process through the night in search of the Goddess, Ostara. As he enters the Gateway of Far Gosford Street his journey will take him through a landscape of ghosts as he recalls all those who have trodden the path before him. The eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth recounted before finally arriving at his destination – Gosford Green in a dramatic and breathtaking finale. Conceived and directed by Kathi Leahy; Designed by Mandy Dike.
Click here for more information
The production has been financially supported by Coventry City Council, Arts Council England and Whitefriars Community Pride Fund.

21 February 2010: Chinese New Year - Year of the Tiger 2010

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We will be working with the London China Town Chinese Association once again to bring some fun filled performances to Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.
The Main Stage performances will begin in Trafalgar Square at 11.15 am, where we will have a programme involving firecrackers. There will be a full programme of entertainment until 6pm.
At 5.55pm we will provide entertainment in Leicester Square with a firework display and firecrackers. So come along and see what promises to be loud and spectacular performances to welcome in the Chinese New Year.

Photograph courtesy of Doug Southall Photography.

17 December 2009: Frost and Fire for the Madrid Winter Festival

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We are delighted to have been invited to perform Frost and Fire infront of the Royal Palace.
This beautiful pyrotechnic show is based around the four seasons, starting in Spring, moving through Summer and Autumn and culminating in Winter when the Ice Queen will move into the middle of the square and will rise 7m into the air. She will then start a sequence of visually stunning pyrotechnics which will culminate in a moving reading of a Winter story by a child.

Photograph courtesy of Francisco Posse.

06 November 2009: Slade Primary School Fireworks Night

The World Famous are proud to be delivering a fun filled fireworks display for this Primary School in Tonbridge, Kent.

26 September 2009: Crackers? in Northampton

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Just back from our highly acclaimed performances of Crackers? at the Singapore International Arts Festival in June, we are very excited to report that we will be performing it again this year. We will be showing it for the first time in the UK since 2006 and Sydney in 2007. Prior to the performance in Singapore it was reworked and developed to make it even more spectacular. It is being produced by the Royal and Derngate Theatre in the stunning grounds of Delapre Abbey, on the outskirts of Northampton. Supported by Arts Council England and Northampton Borough Council.

Photograph courtesy of Doug Southall Photography.

11 September 2009: Blastival! Isle of Wight

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It is Bestival’s Year of the Spectacular and Blastival! looks set to be one of the highlights. Located on the site of last years main stage we will create a fiery spectacle that will evolve and unfold over 3 nights blending astounding pyrotechnical pleasures with stunning street theatre. Blast! created by The World Famous in collaboration with Peepolykus Theatre Company is based around a mechanical dragster like machine (Maximus) and its inventor – our hero – Michael Santos. Santos has always dreamed of flying to outer space and the show charts his attempts and failures over the weekend. Will he succeed at Bestival?
Concept and Design Mandy Dike.

Photo credit: Safeconcerts.com

31 August 2009: Devizes International Street Festival

Join us on Bank Holiday Monday for 'A Show of Circles’ bringing Devizes International Street Festival to a breathtaking close. The show is centred around a huge, circular firedrawing – inspired by this year’s massive increase in Crop Circles in Wiltshire – and features our famous 'Big Wheels’, filling The Green with silver & gold, before a spectacular aerial finale. Concept & Design by Mandy Dike

09 August 2009: The Big Chill

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Back by popular command; we will be creating an amazing sculptural bonfire which will be animated by fireworks and performance, to light up the finale of this fabulous music festival.

Photograph courtesy of Doug Southall Photography.

31 July 2009: Trinity at Stockton International Riverside

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After the success of last year’s Full Circle, The World Famous returns to Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) to create a new show. Trinity, commissioned by SIRF, takes place in the restored ruins of Trinity Church. Over 2 nights, Fri 31st July and Sat 1st August, an installation of light, smoke, fire and performance transforms this magnificent building. On Sunday 2nd August there will be a firework finale that literally raises the roof. Don’t miss this atmospheric and original performance.
Concept and design Maria Hingerty.

Photograph courtesy of Gilmar Ribeiro.

25 July 2009: Full Circle at the Skegness SO Festival

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A new festival in Skegness, SO 2009, will see a host of fabulous entertainers, a cabaret, community workshops, parade, the switching on of the lights and, to top it all, a spectacular fire show by The World Famous on the beach, with music, fire, fireworks and special effects. The two day event on 24 and 25 July 2009 is part of ‘Skegness Organises’, a wide-reaching programme of cultural, sporting and community events in the area. It is wholly funded by the Arts Council East Midlands.
The climax of SO 2009 will be the first ever performance of ‘Full Circle’ on a beach. The World Famous, with musicians Terrafolk will present this unforgettable show telling an exciting story of change through the seasons.

Photograph courtesy of John Byford.

24 July 2009: Camp Bestival Lulworth Castle Dorset

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We are excited to be teaming up with Radio 1’s Rob da Bank on the wheels of steel and the English National Ballet to create a whopping great audio visual spectacle at the beautiful Lulworth Castle. The Castle will be animated with fire, light and fireworks, a pyrotechnic son et lumiere to create an unforgettable finale to the weekend. But don’t take our word for it, come and see us and experience it live at this great family festival.
Concept and design Maria Hingerty.

Photograph courtesy of The National Trust.

27 June 2009: Viva Cite Festival Sotteville Les Rouen, France

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Since 1991 every last weekend in June the town of Sotteville Les Rouen lives to the rythm of 3 days of amazing street theatre.  The World Famous with Terrafolk will be performing their atmospheric show about the changing seasons called Full Circle at this very popular French Festival.  Times and further details to follow.

Photograph courtesy of Sandro Braz.

13 June 2009: Crackers? at Singapore Arts Festival

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We are really excited to be taking Crackers? to the prestigious Singapore International Arts Festival where we will perform it twice on the 13th and 14th June.
The show has gone through a substantial reworking since it was first performed in Tunbridge Wells, Kent in 2006 and subesquently in Sydney in 2007.
The volunteers who perform in the show will be chosen from Singaporean Nationals.
These performances will be part of the closing ceremonies of the month long Arts Festival.

Photograph courtesy of Sheng Liang.

06 June 2009: The Medway Fuse Festival

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During the Fuse Medway Festival, Medway’s streets, venues and open spaces will buzz with the sights and sounds of some of the newest and most unusual performers from the area…and further afield. Being different, diverse and daring is at the heart of a programme designed to ignite the passions of the curious, fire the kids’ imaginations and add spark for the already active. The World Famous are back for the third year by popular demand and will be providing a firework bonanza in Chatham Town Centre to open this 2 week festival.

Photograph courtesy of Doug Southall Photography.

06 June 2009: Salisbury International Arts Festival

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The World Famous have been chosen to provide an exciting firework finale to 16 days of Theatre, Dance, Classical Music, Literature, Jazz at this popular Arts Fesival. We will close the event on Saturday night with a fantastic party and incredible fireworks in the Cathedral Close.

Photograph courtesy of Adrian Harris.

02 May 2009: Big in Falkirk

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The World Famous will be providing some of their expertise to the Homecoming celebrations at the highly aclaimed Big In Falkirk Festival. With a similar programme of pyrotechnics to the Alloway Celebrations the audience will be treated to a spectacular show.

Photograph courtesy of Alan Mc Ateer.

01 March 2009: Alleyn School's Celebration Fireworks

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The World Famous will provide a spectacular opening for the new Edward Alleyn building at this prestigious school.

Photograph courtesy of Doug Southall Photography.

01 February 2009: Chinese New Year Celebrations in Trafalgar and Leicester Squares, London

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We will be working with the London China Town Chinese Association to bring some fun filled performances to Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square to celebrate the Year of the Ox.
The Main Stage performances will begin in Trafalgar Square at 11.30 am, where we will have a programme involving firecrackers.  There will be a full programme of entertainment until 6pm.
At 5.55pm we will provide entertainment in Leicester Square with a firework display and firecrackers. So come along and see what promise to be loud and spectacular performances to welcome in the Chinese New Year.

Photograph courtesy of Martin King.

24 January 2009: Iconic Burns Alloway, Scotland

This special event, by invitation only, will mark the start of the grand celebration called Homecoming Scotland 2009 which marks the 250th birthday of the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns.  The celebration will begin with a procession through the streets and historic locations of the village of Alloway.  The centre piece of this will be Graeme Gilmour’s 4.5 metre high and 7 metre long sculpture of Tam O’Shanter on his mare Meg making his escape over the Brig o’Doon with the witch grappling at her tail.  There will be a number of theatrical interludes along the route with musical entertainment provided by a local pipe band. The finale will be at the Brig O’Doon itself along with special lighting from Phil Supple and an original pyrotechnic display by The World Famous.
For more information have a look at The Herald

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