Since officially announcing The Hill @ Hallowe’en last week, we’ve been inundated with questions from curious Waterford residents about what they can expect from the event. We’ve collated the most commonly asked ones in this post, but feel free to reach out with any other queries.
Who’s running the event?
The simple answer to this question is there is no single person or organisation “running” the event.
This is an event created by the Ballybricken community. Everyone from well-known performers to people who have never been on a stage in their lives are collaborating on this project — the one thing they have in common is they all have ties to Ballybricken.
Spraoi are overseeing the event, but this is not simply a Hallowe’en version of Spraoi weekend. It’s something completely new and different, made by the community for the community.
Creative Waterford are funding this event as one of our Open Call projects for this year as it is very much in line with our ethos of empowering communities to be creative and collaborative.
What will happen at the event?
A collaborative performance will happen at the bandstand in Ballybricken on Hallowe’en night at 8pm. At the time of writing, this performance is still being created and will remain a surprise until the showcase. What we can reveal is that there will be dance, music, lights, visuals and costumes that will stun you, and that this is an extremely ambitious piece of work.
This showcase won’t involve individual acts taking to the stage one by one to perform a set. This is a collaborative piece that many familiar faces and many new faces are working on together.
Jack Cunningham productions are currently working with the students of The Mercy Secondary School to create spine-tingling choreography and movement. Lorcan Reidy is also working with the same school to train up some brand new drummers to accompany him on a haunting beat.
Mount Sion Secondary School, already renowned for their musical prowess, have something very special in the works.
Barrack Street Concert Band and City of Waterford Brass are hard at work learning original music composed specifically for this event by Damian Tubritt.
EveryEvent are working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that this showcase is of a world class standard. We don’t even need to go into Spraoi’s magical touch, but rest assured their fingerprints are all over this one.
And that is all we can reveal for now…
Who is it suitable for?
The content of this event is suitable for all ages. Everybody young and old is most welcome.
Be mindful that it is an outdoor, non-seated event.
Will it be on all night?
No — the showcase will be happening once on the night, with no repeat performance. It kicks off at 8pm and will be finished by 9pm.
How do I book my ticket?
This is a free event. If you want to see the showcase, simply come to Ballybricken for 8pm on Hallowe’en night. Be mindful that we are expecting big crowds, so allow extra time for travel and parking to avoid disappointment.
Keep an eye on our social media for further updates on The Hill @ Hallowe’en!