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    Earth To Odyssey
    February - March 2019


    From our waterways, to our forests, to our people, the need to protect planet Earth is a bigger problem than ever! Saving planet Earth may sound like a huge task but there are actually lots of small changes we can all take to protect our home.

    If you want to play your part and discover how you can help, join us throughout February and March for ‘Earth to Odyssey’. Together let's #MakeAChange and protect our precious planet.

    Check out our exciting range of events and activities:

    Belfast City Council - Sculptures, 1 February - 23 March (Odyssey Complex - Outside)

    Throughout February & March, check out some incredible sculptures made from recycled material!

    ‘Pod of Shame’ – This sculpture is made from a variety of household waste items including electrical equipment. Made by local artist Colin McKnight. This walk-in pod asks us who we think is responsible for generating the waste around us. Walk inside and find out!

    ‘Fish out of Water’ – This sculpture is made from plastic bottles collected from recycling centres in Belfast. Made In 2008 by local artist Alan Cargo, the sculpture encourages us to think about our excessive use of disposable plastic bottles.

    ‘Strange Fruit’ – This sculpture is made from car tyres and old shoes collected from Belfast City Council’s Ormeau and Palmerston Road Recycling Centres. Made by local artist Alan Cargo, the sculpture focuses on people’s carbon footprint and the impact their own lifestyle has on the environment.

    ‘Waste Age’/ Try-Recyclemoraus – This sculpture is made from electrical waste from a recycling centre in Belfast. It aims to show the kind of ‘finds’ archaeologists might dig up in the future. As the price of electrical items continues to drop, it can be tempting to replace old items as soon as they start to falter.

    These sculptures will be situated outside the Odyssey complex and are FREE for visitors to explore. Sculptures have been provided by Belfast City Council.

    Gaia, 2 -24 February (W5 Exhibition Space Level 4)

    Gaia is an amazing touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface.

    The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the Earth’s surface.

    A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture. In Greek Mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth.

    This will be a unique opportunity, for young and old, to experience the Earth close up in an exquisite, three-dimensional way.

    Supported by Harry Corry.

    Gaia is FREE with admission to W5. Book your tickets to W5 here.

    Make A Change Workshop, running on selected dates from 2 February - 17 March (W5 Level 4 - Mezzanine)

    Come along to our drop-in, family-friendly ‘Make A Change’ workshop. Our Education team are on hand to help you find out how we can re-use items that we would usually throw away. Plastic bottles, yoghurt pots, milk cartons, food containers, bottle tops, straws, food wrappers, and SO much more can all be used to create exciting, new things! So, join us and turn your something old into something new, that you can take home with you.

    This workshop is FREE with admission to W5. Click here for further info & times.

    Belfast City Council - Recycling Information Stand, running on selected dates from 2 February - 17 March (W5 Level 4)

    Come and see the Recycling Officers from Belfast City Council who can show you how your plastic gets recycled. They can answer all your recycling related questions and advise you how to recycle better.

    This activity is running in line with W5's 'Make A Change' workshop. Click here for further info & times.

    Belfast City Council - Recycling Exhibition Signs, running from 2 February - 17 March (W5 Level 4)

    Have you ever wondered what happens to your rubbish after it is collected? Take a look at the 16 Recycling Exhibition Signs from Belfast City Council to find out how your food, glass, plastic and paper is recycled across Northern Ireland.

    Plalk Wednesday, 13 February (C.S Lewis Square to W5)

    Join us for ‘Plalk Wednesday’ aka ‘Picking up litter when walking’ on 13 February! Enjoy a leisurely walk from Connswater Community Greenway to W5, meet some new people and help clean up litter in your local area! After the ‘Plalk’, enjoy a warm tea or coffee at W5 and visit the mesmerising ‘Gaia’ by UK artist Luke Jerram. This artwork provides the opportunity to see planet Earth like never before.

    The ‘Plalk’ will begin at 11am, EastSide Visitor Centre in the C.S Lewis Square and will be facilitated by Greenway Walk Leader, Trevor. Places are very limited. Please email shona@eastsidepartnership.com to book your place.

    Operation Earth Demonstration Show, running from 16 - 24 February (W5 'See/Do' Level 4)

    Once you have been to see the mesmerising 'Gaia' artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram, our exciting demonstration show 'Operation Earth' is the next stop! Join us, and come and find out how we can all protect our precious planet together. Are you perplexed by plastics? Discover more about how they improve our lives as well as why we must ensure that we re-use and recycle them in responsible ways!

    This event is FREE with admission to W5. Click here for further info & times.

    NI Science Festival - ‘Wild Weather, Physics and Climate Change’, 24 February (Whitla Hall, Queen's Univerisity, Belfast)

    Following a year of wild weather and the IPCC’s dire warning of 12 years left to stabilise the planet, we invite you to join a conversation on one of the most pressing challenges facing humankind – global warming and climate change. BBC NI weather presenter, Geoff Maskell, hosts an afternoon discourse and illustrated documentary on Wild Weather, Physics and Climate Change with Dr Helen Czerski, physicist and oceanographer who presented Climate Change: A Horizon Guide and Prof Peter Thorne, climatologist and lead author on the recent IPCC Climate Report.

    Running from 1pm - 2.30pm. Suitable for ages 10+, £6 per ticket. Click here for further info & booking.

    NI Science Festival - 'The Problem with Plastics with Liz Bonnin’, 24 February (Whitla Hall, Queen's University, Belfast)

    Science and wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin examines one of the biggest environmental threats facing the modern world. As science reveals the full extent of the ocean plastic crisis, she investigates the obstacles that must be overcome as a matter of urgency to solve it. Bonnin is a science, wildlife and natural history presenter, who has worked on television in both Ireland and the United Kingdom. She is also a biochemist and Wild Animal Biologist. She is best known for presenting wildlife and science programmes including Galapagos, How the Earth Works, Stargazing Live and Should We Close Our Zoos?

    Running from 4.00pm - 5.30pm. Suitable for ages 14+, £14 per ticket. Click here for further info & booking.

    Blue Planet II – Live in Concert, 23 March (The SSE Arena, Belfast)

    Following the incredible success of the BAFTA award-winning BBC One television series Blue Planet II, presented by Sir David Attenborough, BBC Studios, and FKP Scorpio are proud to present a 13 date UK & Ireland live tour, which will bring the wonders and mysteries of the planet’s oceans and wildlife to the arena stage including dates in Belfast on Saturday 23 March and Dublin on Sunday 24 March which are presented locally by Aiken Promotions. Blue Planet II – Live In Concert – will present a selection of stunning visuals from the television series, highlighting the incredible natural wonders of our blue planet in breath-taking detail, projected on a state of the art 200 square metre 4K Ultra HD LED screen. Accompanied by the original immersive music score by Bleeding Fingers Music, the concert will be performed live by a full symphony orchestra. A fantastical journey from icy polar seas to pulsating coral reefs, from the luminous deep sea to enormous kelp forests: immerse yourself with Blue Planet II – Live In Concert, a simply breath-taking and epic show that you will never forget.

    Begins at 8pm (doors open 6.30pm), tickets (seated) - £38, £55, £65. Click here for further info & booking.

    To find out more about 'Earth to Odyssey' click here.

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