Land Of Giants

We at Shakinda are excited to have just signed contracts with Giant Events
Company, the organisers of Land of Giants, Northern Irelands largest ever 
outdoor arts event. The event is scheduled to take place on Belfast’s Titanic
Slipways on the 30th June this year, which will create high-profile spectacular
and innovative celebrations across the land.

Land of Giants takes inspiration from some of the iconic giants found in the
history, society and landscape of Northern Ireland. These include Jonathan
Swift’s Gulliver, the legendary Finn McCool, the Giant’s Causeway and of
course Harland and Wolff’s iconic Samson and Goliath, the two cranes that
have dominated the Belfast skyline for the past 40 years; and were used in the
building of many famous ships including the Titanic, these together with the
vision of Northern Ireland and its population as being giant in ideas, talent and
heritage.

The event will combine acrobatics, aerial dance, carnival, circus, physical
performance, music, multi-media and pyrotechnics, and will present a
spectacular production to an audience of more than 20,000 people at the city’s
newest open-air events space.

We at Shakinda will be in charge of the projection content and delivery at the
event, we have recruited a team of 6 animators and AVtek to deliver the production
side of the projection elements. It’s the biggest show we have worked on to date
and we’re very excited!

Shakinda Live 2.0

We are very excited to be working with legendary Belfast club Thompsons on a globally unique Visuals system to drive their cutting edge 4 projector roof setup.

We consulted with the club to ensure they purchased the correct short throw projectors to maximise the tricky positioning of their vaulted ceiling and roof iron work.

Image of 2 macs and 5 screens for testing new visual system.

 

We also helped them choose the correct playback hardware and software combination.  Choosing VDMX as the software has allowed us to create a completely bespoke visuals solution.

There is live automated audio reactiviy, and IPAD control module so the dj doesn’t have to start poking around with a laptop to change the visuals and it also features the option for the system to mix visuals every 32 bars or for full manual controll.

Additionally unique “break down effects” have been created so that with the simple push of a button the visuals can suddenly explode matching perfectly a breakdown in the DJ’s music.

More details to follow…

Northern Ireland Music Awards

Shakinda is proud to be working at the world’s first NIMA. Presented by Alternative Ulster Magazine and The Oh Yeah Music Centre and with support from Belfast City Council, Invest NI and the NI Tourist Board.
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The Award Show was voted for by a broad range of stakeholders in NI music, and will recognise the diverse and high level of talent that heralds from this corner of the globe. A number of performances from the most prominent acts from the North will feature, including And So I Watch You From Afar, General Fiasco, Stiff Little Fingers and more.
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Belfast’s Ulster Hall will provide the setting for the awards on November 2, 2011.
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The musical landscape in Northern Ireland is currently enjoying the most fertile and rich period it has ever experienced, with acts from a wide range of genres enjoying huge success right across the globe.

Two Door Cinema Club are selling out shows as far away as Australia, And So I Watch You From Afar are continually rocking across continents, and The Japanese Popstars are ripping up massive dance festivals the world over with their storming live set.

Add to this the strong heritage from bands such as Snow Patrol, The Undertones, Ash, and Stiff Little Fingers, it is clear that Northern Ireland music is riding atop a giant wave of success.

The NIMAs will bring together the established legends and the young guns of the music scene in an evening of much deserved celebration and recognition.

“We’ve been really lucky in that we’ve been able to secure a real wish list of acts from Northern Ireland to play at the event, and it’s incredibly exciting to think that they’re all going to be on the Ulster Hall stage on the night,” said Jonny Tiernan, Publisher of AU Magazine.

“Oh Yeah and AU were both thinking about an awards night at the same time, so the smart idea was to combine energies. Overall, the awards are proof that we rock, fantastically well. We have a wonderful spread of talent at the moment and a legacy behind us that we should be awful proud of,” said Stuart Bailie, CEO of Oh Yeah Music Centre.

The Northern Ireland Music Awards will form part of Belfast Music Week.

The event is a celebration of local bands, industry, venues and the musical community and runs from October 30, to November 5, and will provide an exciting run-up to the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 6.

By Laura McGuigan, insideireland.ie edited by  Shakinda Productions

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