City launches Tall Ships festivities

WATERFORD CITY will host an impressive international programme of music during a three-day festival in July to celebrate the Tall Ships Race 2005.

Members of the national and international media arrived in the city yesterday to hear details of the festival programme which coincides with the arrival of the world’s largest tall ships to the city from July 6-9.With tens of thousands of sailing crew members and visitors from around the world expected in Waterford, the programme is planned to reflect the diversity of cultures taking part.

“We realise the ships and the crew are the real stars of the event so we have developed a shore-based programme to reflect the diversity of cultures and add to the entertainment value for visitors during the three days,” said TV Honan, director of the city’s Spraoi company.

The street theatre company is co-ordinating the programme which will feature a fireworks spectacular entitled ‘Suirfire’ over the River Suir on Friday, July 11.

No less than seven outdoor stages will be set up in central locations throughout the city featuring free performances by acts including Cuisle, Brendan Bowyer, Los Albertos and the Bagdaddies.

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