Dublin City Council plays host to the Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championship this July. From Friday 12th July until Sunday 14th July, Merrion Square will be transformed into a colourful hive of activity, with 16 of the most talented street artists in the world performing and competing for the title of the 2013 Street Performance World Champion.
Highlights of this year’s festival include: Irish debut of 3 time female beatbox world champion Bellatrix; tattoo-covered daredevil contortionist Alakazam;andNew York breakdance troupe B-Xtreme. Special guests to the festival are last year’s reigning world champions - Hungarian husband and wife trapeze act Cirque No Problem.
According to Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn, “this weekend’s festival of eclectic performances is sure to fascinate and captivate the interest of all the family, with a variety of acts performing at Merrion Square Park in this year’s World Street Performance Championship. I invite everyone to come along, sample the atmosphere and share in the excitement of what has become one of the most popular, unique and free yearly events the City has to offer. Merrion Square Park is ideally located and easy to get to by DART, Dublin Bus, Dublin Bikes and LUAS”.
The City Council is delighted to support such a vibrant and entertaining family event. There is no entry fee but performers ask for spectators to contribute, if they wish, at the end of each act. So you if enjoy a performance you can contribute as little or as much as you like! You can even vote for your favourite act and the act receiving most votes will be crowned ‘2013 Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Champion’.
Getting in on the act is a must so why not venture into the Laya Healthcare lol Arena for the Ministry of Silly Ideas and try your hand at custard pie throwing and rainbow disco dancing. A water balloon word record attempt with Today FM’s Ray D’arcy will see the attempt for the most amount of water balloons thrown at one person (D'Arcy) at one time, an event not to be missed!
For further information contact:
Shell Holden firstname.lastname@example.org T. +353 86 152 2200
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277
Notes to the Editor:
The Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championship is sponsored by Laya Healthcare, supported by Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council, Cork City Council and with thanks to The Irish Times, Metro Herald, Evening Echo, Today FM, Phantom 105.2, Red FM, Entertainment.ie, Totally Dublin, Irish Rail and LUAS.
THE LAYA HEALTHCARE STREET PERFORMANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LISTINGS:
DUBLIN: Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Supported by Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland
Friday July 12 – Sunday July 14, 2013
12 – 8pm daily
CORK: St. Patrick's Street
Supported by Cork City Council and Fáilte Ireland
Saturday July 20 - Sunday July 21, 2013
12 – 8pm daily
FULL LIST OF PARTICIPATING ACTS in alphabetical order:
Alakazam presents a high energy show that will have you reeling with laughter and twisting in your seat. His incredible career has been anything but normal from when he first proudly announced to his parents that he was going to make a living from squeezing himself through a squash racket.
With more bends than an Irish country road, his freaky contortions, cheeky comedy and ridiculous sky-high feats of danger are definitely a cut above the rest. This is a street show like no other, don’t miss out!
No one should go through life without hearing at least one ‘chicken beatbox’, yes...I said chicken beatbox! Bellatrix is the female beatboxing world champion and it’s not hard to hear why. This lady can do more with her voice and a microphone than most dj’s with a set of turntables. Prepare for foot tapping, head nodding and cheek to cheek grinning.
Ladies, prepare to swoon... men, prepare to take notes. This highly skilled technical crew are in a league of their own. Hip-Hoppin' straight out of the US of A with a trail of accolades to their names, these lads are as quick on their feet as they are quick witted.
Check out this ever-cool break dance troupe if you want to learn how to bust-a-move and improve your skillz yo! So hot that they are partially blamed for the rise in global warming, this show isn't just good...it's freakin' awesome!
CIRQUE NO PROBLEM
No strangers to the LHSPWC, we all fell head over heels in love with these high flying Hungarians last year and voted them the 2012 world champs!
With characters and ambiance inspired by the travelling circuses of the 1920’s and 1930’s, Cirque No Problem take the classical, infuse with the spectacle, add comedy and shake (not stir) it to create their own magical blend of AWESOME.Experts in clowning, acrobatics, juggling and balancing, sometimes all at once! That might sound complicated but as Noa and Uri Weiss say themselves ‘It’s No Problem’!
ERNEST THE MAGNIFICO
With a ‘tash that could rival Tom Selleck, Mr. Julian Bell, A.K.A Ernest the Magnifico, is Australia’s most dangerous stuntman. After falling out of bed as a child and jumping in front of cars as a teenager, Ernest combined his talents to create “ The Big Great Stunt Show”.
With an overpowered stunt car, oversized pogo stick and an overwhelming ego, Ernest will defy death, cross personal boundaries with this truly unique slice of the Australian outback leaving you wanting more. A comic street show so like no other.
LORDS OF STRUT
Back in 1994 Ireland produced the world’s most renowned and sought after dance act. Michael Flatly & Riverdance flooded into arenas & hearts throughout the globe. Since then, no Irish act has managed to emulate its success and demand, that is until now….Famous Seamus and Sean-tastic are ‘Lords of Strut’; two absurdly hilarious Irish men in their prime.
Representing their country at the championships, these shiny leotard wearing eejits will once again leave a sea of somewhat bemused, a little confused but most definitely amused faces in their wake.
Mothers, lock up your sons! A facilitator of people’s good times and the ultimate Mistress of Ceremonies, Miss Behave is a crowd dominatrix with a friendly twinkle.Not many people can claim the ability to swallow a sword, in fact, Miss Behave is rumoured to be the one of the only last SURVIVING females in the world to boast such a talent.
"From sublime to ridiculous to downright sexy…genuinely edgy and genuinely funny”
NIGEL BLACKSTORM, THE HEAVY METAL MAGICIAN
Ever wonder what would happen if you mixed the DNA of Paul Daniels and Ozzy Osbourne? Well wonder no more! Nigel Blackstorm IS the Heavy Metal Magician! As a youth he focused on his two passions: heavy metal and the world of magic creating the unique genre: ‘heavy magic’.
His magic doesn’t just look great....it sounds pretty darn awesome too! With stallion-esque hair that can only be described as incredible and an ability to rock out with his wand out...ladies, you’ve been warned, control yourselves!
With out of this world stunts, some say he was raised on the planet totes amazeballs! Others say he spent years under a grueling regime, training up to 50 hours a week alongside some of the world's greatest acrobats at the Chinese Circus – either way, Pancho's abilities are second to none.
This Mexican’s antics on a CYR wheel have to been seen to be believed. This high flying human flag is a must-see this year. Andale! Andale!
If actions speak louder than words, this guy screams fun. International comedian Rob Torres can be understood everywhere, without saying a word. Whether he's putting on the kettle, setting the table for the Sunday dinner or double-checking that the immersion is off, Rob Torres has a unique way of finding the absurdity in everyday tasks.
If you’re looking for laughter this is where you will find it. Come and see for yourself why he is the International Man of Mirth!
Imagine the strangest most skillful thing that you have seen and multiply that by 100...Whoever said tea pots weren’t cool obviously hasn’t seen Senmaru in action. Not many people can say they have ever been served an earl grey, from an ancient Japanese teapot, by a man in a kimono, balanced on his chin, on two sticks, standing on one leg…
Senmaru is the master of things that should never have been learnt in the first place and sums himself up perfectly when he says… It’s Aaaammmmmaaazzziiiinnngggg
Canada’s James & Bob bring a truly ‘chair-raising’ experience to this year’s Championship. The Chairmen are two obsessed individuals dedicated to exploring and expanding the world's perception of those white plastic patio chairs that everybody has had their bum in at one point of their lives.
Get ready for some chair juggling, chair chin balancing, musical chairs, CHAIRiot races…if there is fun to be had with a chair, these guys know about it! A brilliant family show that will, ironically, get all the clan up and out of their seats!
AUSTRALIA & UK
Forget Batman & Robin, Laurel & Hardy…..Sonny & Cher, the collaboration of the century goes to the pairing of Pandora Pink and Mr. Spin, AKA ‘The Doogans’. Two incredible street performers in their own right, this UK & Australian juggling duo have combined forces to bring you a show with dynamic pace, mixed with eccentric chit-chat and phenomenal skills, the two characters are charming, mischievous and irresistibly funny.
Five-star entertainment for the whole family!
THE FAMOUS RUBBERBAND BOY
Introducing the freak-liest boy in show business. The Famous Rubberband Boy is so funny he should have been twins! A master of rubberband-ology and inventor of ‘The Human Catapult’ (the largest rubber band you'll ever set eyes on), he holds two world records for facial contortion alone. This comedy daredevil performs the most outrageous straightjacket escape you’ll ever see. The Alpha, The Omega and The Rubberband Boy! Anthropomorphic creature of stationary, Man or Monster? You decide!
THE RED TROUSER SHOW
A combination of precision acrobatics with high skill knife and fire juggling. ‘YES’ I hear you say. These guys do everything you were told NOT to do by your mother when you were a kid. Luckily for us, David and Tobin not only rebelled against parental rule but they took their blade wielding, ladder climbing, fire juggling traits and combined them with incredible acrobatics that will leave you gagging for more.
(And yes.... they do wear Red Trousers!)
If you're after Fire, Acrobatics, Circus and Comedy then you're in the right place. With a wealth of experience behind them, these Aussies hold no boundaries when it comes to entertaining all those who dare witness their talents.
Forget Posh & Becks, Brad & Angelina, Zap Circus are the hottest couple in town at this year’s championship!! If you think you’ve seen it all, well quite frankly m’dear, you haven’t!!