It's escape from reality time folks, pure and simple. Leave your baggage at home and step into the realm of magic and wonder where good and evil will rub shoulders like you have never seen in Ireland before in the Great Elmwood Hall for BAFW's FAIRYTALE & GORE event on Tuesday 15th November.
Belfast's "HOGWARTS" AKA The Elmwood Hall is a former Presbyterian Church, on University Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is situated opposite Queen's University Belfast. There will be a Unicorn to great everyone in the front garden where Crafty Belfast will also be having their very own quirky Tea Party showing off their unique and exceptionally fascinating style of clothing and culture led by Emma Giles.
This lure of surrealism is only an appetiser of whats to come. When you break on through to the other side and step into this ancient Hogwarts like realm that is covered in gargoyles and angels you will bare witness to some of the best Fairytale & Gore special effects make up there is for miles around as our very own N.Ireland super talent Robert King shows us how it's done. The amazing talent of MUA Julia Clements will also be onboard leading this team of fantastic fantasy fanatics to the inner dome of doom and delight. Julia introduces us also to fantastic up and coming SFX artists Leanne Godfrey from Coleraine, Michael Browne from Kilkenny, Darragh McShane MUA from Newry, Lauren Mcmahon from Burren also Derek Harvey Makeupfrom Clonmel.Designers will include Belfast's David Henderson & Shauna Fay, Kat O'strophic Dublin.
All this carnage and delight will be supported with a backdrop of live music provided by Linley Hamilton and Friends who will play a series of Jazz compositions. Jazz was once regarded as " DEVIL MUSIC" and over time has transcended from the fiery chasm to a heavenly angelic plateau fitting perfectly with this events landscapes. Matthew Benson & the " Fat Lip " brass band will be playing compositions of good and evil themes in the balcony area of this natural amphitheatre overlooking the audience and coaxing the mood.
A very sweet selection of ACE Models will be walking like the dead and loving it while others will be footloose and fairytale free such as the very attractive Olympian turned model Chloe Aboud from Dublin, Heather Mcleanof Bangor, Sebastian Pawlik of Bangor.The petite and very pretty Torii Wilson with the beautiful plus sized stunner Miss Manda Panda and many more ACE models will entertain you in this eccentrically exciting extravaganza engineered to enlighten and frighten the wits and wonder out of you.
The awesome "WE CANCERVIVE" is a survivors of cancer organisation led byJoan Mccartney. These inspirational people will be rampaging and frolicking throughout this entire week of Belfast Alternative Fashion Week as they promote the fact that early diagnosis in cancer does work and should be the forefront priority one practise of our national health service. These wonderful people not only prove to us that early diagnosis works but inspire us to take action. They mean business and they are going ALL OUT on Belfast Alternative Fashion Week. This gig is just the warm up they are on a mission of all missions. MAKE EARLY DIAGNOSIS HAPPEN !
You will be enthralled,inspired, energised, tickled and spooked, you may have trouble going to sleep by the time you get home to bed ! Watch this space for additional artist as the time draws nearer to the show. This is an absolute dream for up & coming special effects artists,fantasy and gore enthusiasts.With the popularity of Game of Thrones being filmed in Northern ireland a chain reaction of special effects culture has exploded.
If you are just plain curious and think you have seen it all, think again. Come follow the White Unicorn and lets see how far down the rabbit hole we can go, how far over the rainbow we can jump, how quick we can outrun the zombie horde and grizzly ghouls. We double dare to see you there !
Belfast Alternative Fashion Week is a celebration designed to shine a big bright light all over the richly diverse and alternative talent in society by bringing it to a live audience in acknowledgement of it's undying, enduring and creative life force which affects everything from past present and future fashion trends both alternatively and commercially orientated. Combined with a strong musical element it's main aim is to entertain the public by highlighting it's fascinating multi layered attractions bringing the world a new kind of experience for an evening or a night out that can be enjoyed fully leaving a positive landmark memory in your life.
1ST EVENT TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15TH @ THE GREAT ELMWOOD HALL AKA HOGWARTS
DOORS OPEN 8PM SHOW STARTS 9pm to 11.30/12pm s
Elmwood Hall @ Elmwood Mews, Belfast BT9 6BD (Opposite Queens University) Mobile 07710260041 Bar facilities available