Monday 22 January 2018

Rooftop semaphore message for Queen

A semaphore message will be sent to the Queen as she passes the Royal Festival Hall during her Jubilee pageant
A semaphore message will be sent to the Queen as she passes the Royal Festival Hall during her Jubilee pageant

A troupe of dancers will send a semaphore message to the Queen from the roof of London's Royal Festival Hall as she passes by with the Jubilee pageant.

The South Bank Centre's artist in residence Lea Anderson has choreographed a new work which involves 30 dancers using flags to deliver their greeting.

It will be part of the centre's Festival Of The World which opens this weekend, coinciding with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The rooftop dancers will perform during the Thames flotilla in which dozens of vessels will form a procession on the river.

They will use red and yellow flags to spell out the message: "Happy Diamond Jubilee Queen Elizabeth, We Heart You."

The three-month Festival of the World opens on Friday with numerous art installations and a pop-up street market with food from around the world.

The weekend will also mark the reopening of Jubilee Gardens, after a multimillion-pound overhaul, to create the feel of an "English park". It was originally created in 1977 to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

There will be free DJ sets from the likes of Goldie and Radio 1's Annie Nightingale celebrating music from the past 60 years.

And the music of Frank Sinatra will be celebrated with a live band recreating many of his best known songs exactly half a century after the star played a televised show at the Royal Festival Hall.

Over the coming weeks, 4,000 artists will contribute to the Festival Of The World.

Press Association

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