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Great North Run Million

We were thrilled to take part in the opening ceremony of The Great North Run and Great North Run Culture which is an annual series of arts projects, events and exhibitions that celebrate and explore sport and art. Featuring film, photography, dance, drama, writing and much more, the world’s largest half-marathon is the starting point for commissioning exciting and innovative art.

On Thursday 4 September 2014, the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside and the River Tyne was transformed into a huge outdoor arena, marking the start of the official countdown to the millionth finish on Sunday 7 September 2014 in South Shields.

The opening ceremony film features the full show, devised by Bradley Hemmings, written by award-winning author David Almond and narrated by Jill Halfpenny and Tim Healy. Brought to life by performances from hundreds of volunteer cast members and live music from Sting, The Unthanks, and Chase & Status, the Opening Ceremony was designed by Jon Bausor and with music composed by Dan Jones and played by the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

The Opening Ceremony included enormous projections by Tal Rosner onto the Sage Gateshead, fireworks, pyrotechnics, aerial performances, boats including LV21 on the Tyne, a breathtaking performance by Lords of Lightning, as well as the now famous running woman, making her way aflame up the river. You can watch LV21’s appearance at around the 25 minute mark.

And here’s another quick film of LV21 departing from Gillingham Pier on 29th August 2014, heading for the Newcastle celebrations.