Pop-up street art events in Larne

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The Harbour Highway underpass in Larne will be briefly transformed into a vibrant and dynamic park on Friday (12 October).

The St.Art (street art) programme will launch the first of a series of pop-up parks and event spaces across Mid and East Antrim.

The EU Peace IV funded St.Art programme is delivered by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and aims to run up to twenty more events in the coming year.

Local communities can shape the events they would like to see and could include open air cinemas, lumiere, street art or theatre, dance and musical performances.

The event will run all day from 2pm and crowds will be entertained by musical performances by children from Larne and Inver Primary School, the Music Yard and Larne Day Centre’s Reach for the Stars choir, alongside members of the St.Art performance collective.

There is also a chance for you to have fun in our photo booth to capture your St.Art experience for the future, as well as video games.

In line with the theme – A Bridge to the Future – future themed movies will show in the evening. Back to the Future will show for families from 6:30pm and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner will start at 8:45pm.

St.Art is an intergenerational, cross-community project that will engage up to 200 performers/artists from the borough to breathe life back into 20 unloved urban spaces through arts, music, dance and drama.

Performers will work together with talented people from other local communities and from all walks of life.

Peace IV Chair, Alderman Maureen Morrow said: “St.Art comes from the idea that people across Mid and East Antrim are ready for positive change. It gives communities a chance to really shake up underused and undiscovered spaces across the borough. St.Art is a call to action, giving everyone a chance to play their part in forging a new future for the area.

“The main aim of St.Art is to bring talented people from different communities together. By working and playing together, people from the three towns will have the chance to transform spaces and, more importantly, give people opportunities to learn and grow together towards a more peaceful and connected community.”

Community organisations are invited to register for a St.ART local area planning session to help select and organise events for 2019-20.

St.Art is a project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

For more information, please contact John Smith, St.Art project worker on (028) 2563 3575

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