Saturday, September 29, 2007

From Abbey Road to the Falls Road with the LMP

The weekend visit to Belfast by The Liverpool Mural Project delegation was a resounding success indeed. The trip to Belfast by TLMP started with an amazing piece of news in a phone call on the way to John Lennon Airport, involving a major Liverpool housing association and the real promise of working together in 2008. After arriving at Belfast International airport on Friday lunchtime and instead of the original plan to all go and have a big real 'Ulster fry' breakfast, the LMP delegation went straight to work and met up with Belfast community development worker Sean Brennan and were taken straight to the Falls Road for a photo shoot for The Irish News. The TLMP co-founders Greg Brennan and Peter Morrison along with Belfast mural artists Danny Devenny and Mark Ervine were asked to recreate the famous Beatles Abbey Road picture on a busy crossing at the heart of the Falls Road.

The Irish News photographer stopped bus, taxi and car drivers along the famous busy road in order to get his front page photo under the heading, “From Abbey Road to the Falls Road, muralists come together.” A throng of tourists gathered bemused at the sudden activity, taking place not far from the famous International Wall, which attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to the city.

The rest of the LMP's visit was spent in meetings and interviews whilst putting more touches to the forthcoming documentary film. Young filmmaker Tom Borso who is editing the LMP documentary had a busy few days setting up and filming interviews with the likes of Professor Bill Rolston, Danny and Mark the Belfast artists. He also managed to interview Sean Brennan who is well respected in the world of cross community development and works for the De Bono Organisation in Northern Ireland.

So a very successful and enjoyable weekend for all involved in TLMP, and the delegation all got their Belfast 'Belly Buster' breakfast eventually.


Anonymous said...

Great stuff, when are the Liverpool Echo going to do a proper feature on your project,

Cliff said...

I suppose you know The Beatles were crossing the road the other way, and mccartney had no shoes or socks on. keep up the good work!

Bill Sweeny Red and Proud said...

I notice your projects logo is the Liverpool FC Bird but it is facing the wrong way you are not blue noses are you????