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Thursday 2 October 2014

City of Culture to become Land of Giants in theatre coup

Kathryn Hayes

Published 27/05/2014 | 02:30

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Royal de Luxe’ Giant Saga' will be the flagship event for Limerick City of Culture.
Royal de Luxe’ Giant Saga' will be the flagship event for Limerick City of Culture.

ONE of the most spectacular street entertainment shows ever staged in Ireland has been announced as the flagship event for Limerick City of Culture.

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World theatre sensation Royal de Luxe is bringing its 'Giant Saga' spectacular to Ireland for the first time.

Securing the event is seen as a major coup for Limerick City of Culture as not alone will it be the Royal de Luxe extravaganza's maiden Irish event but it typically performs in cities with multiples of Limerick's population – previously having been staged in Berlin, London, Liverpool, Nantes and Guadalajara, Mexico.

For three days, from September 5-7, Limerick will be transformed as the massive giant rambles through the streets. In excess of 250,000 are expected to follow the giant's movements over the course of a weekend that will do for Limerick what the Tall Ships in Waterford and the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway did over recent years.

Issues around the staging of the extravaganza are understood to have contributed to the resignation of former Limerick City of Culture artistic director Karl Wallace, with the former director determined that it would go ahead despite board reservations around the anticipated €1.8m costs.

However, it is expected that the final cost of the project will be significantly less than originally anticipated thanks to 'in kind' support and sponsorship from a range of partners.

Limerick City of Culture CEO Mike Fitzpatrick said: "Royal De Luxe has been wowing millions of people across the world with its 'Giant's Saga' and has garnered a reputation as being the best street theatre in the world.

"This is set to be an extraordinary experience for people of all ages and a once-in-a-lifetime experience where Irish people can expect to be part of an urban fairytale showcasing a history and legacy of the city."

Irish Independent

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