APR 01] CITY CENTRE COMPANY NEWS
Festival Takes To The Skies
International Street Festival is set to be a soaring success thanks
to the latest stunning aerial attraction.
Heliosphere, where a trapeze artist performs ballet movements while
suspended beneath a giant helium balloon, will literally be the high
point of the Festival.
and street entertainment of the five continents will be staged
throughout the city centre on the weekend of 5 and 6 May, but
huge crowds are expected to witness the magical Heliosphere show.
a spectacle it will be close to rivalling Ramon Kelvink's
'oscillating pole' act and his Millennium Eve high wire walk between
the cathedral and Holy Trinity spires.
Lawless, events and promotions manager for the City Centre Company
high wire act was breathtaking, but the heliosphere is totally
original and an utterly unforgettable performance-piece.
scoured the country to find an eye-catching main attraction for
the Street Festival and I am convinced we have found it. It will
leave all who witness it talking about it for a long time."
huge heliosphere floats 20 metres (sixty feet) above ground and it
rises and falls to a haunting musical soundtrack while the aerialist
tumbles and turns on a trapeze bar hanging beneath it.
balloon is tethered to two ground-based performers and on a calm day
it can be controlled so accurately that the aerialist can swoop from
the rooftops to steal the sugar lumps from a café-goer's saucer.
heliosphere will attract huge crowds to Bull Yard throughout Sunday,
will be the showpiece of the city's biggest-ever street festival,
where shoppers and visitors can take in a wide range of musical
culture from Europe in Upper Precinct, Asia (Shelton Square), Africa
(Hertford Street), Australasia (Bull Yard) and The Americas (Broadgate).
are celebrating the start of the summer and the beginning of our
events programme with a real splash," said Ms Lawless.
city centre will be a blaze of colour and sound. We have scoured
global culture to bring in acts that are new to the city and there
will be an exciting mix of stage and street entertainment to make
it the most stunning Street Festival anyone can remember."