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28 Aug 2015

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Tourism Ireland invites Marcus Robinson to film Belfast on eve of Van Morrison’s Cyprus Avenue concerts

As Belfast gears up for Van Morrison’s concerts on Bank Holiday Monday, award-winning, Belfast-born film-maker Marcus Robinson has his camera ready – to capture the set-up and atmosphere around the concerts, as well as the changing face of the city.

Tourism Ireland invited Marcus to come and create a short, time-lapse film in the city of his birth, which will reflect the excitement before the Cyprus Avenue concerts and also highlight the creative spirit of the city. Marcus has strong connections with Belfast, as his father was a naval architect for Harland and Wolff during the 1940s and worked in the historic Drawing Offices, where RMS Titanic was designed. Last year, Tourism Ireland commissioned Marcus to produce a video on the Port of Belfast, which was shown in New York at a special event to celebrate the premier of his BAFTA award-winning film, entitled Rebuilding the World Trade Centre.  

Marcus’s film will be promoted on Tourism Ireland’s website, Ireland.com, which attracted more than 14.25 million visitors in 2014. Tourism Ireland will also share the film on social media – with its Facebook fans (3 million fans worldwide) and Twitter followers (300,000+), and on its YouTube Channel (more than 21 million views).

Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland’s CEO, said: “We are delighted that Marcus has returned to Belfast, to capture the vibrant and creative city that Belfast has become. We are sure that his very personal take on the city will inspire many visitors to come and discover the destination for themselves.”

Tourism Ireland has also invited a group of 15 international travel writers to Belfast this weekend, to experience some of the city’s newest attractions and to enjoy the Van Morrison concert on Monday.

  Film-maker Marcus Robinson in Belfast, with Aubrey Irwin, Tourism Ireland.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 43,000 jobs.
  • In 2014, almost 1.8 million overseas visitors came to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately £446 million.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is ireland.com, available in ten different language versions for 30+ markets around the world this year.