Want to Be in the Video for Belfast and Derry's European Capital of Culture Bid?

Extras who can help prove to judges that the city can put on a party are needed for a scene to be filmed at the old Telegraph building

Producers of the official video for Belfast City Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council's bid for European Capital of Culture 2023 are calling for extras to be part of its climactic scene.

One hundred people of all ages, gender and and backgrounds are required to help simulate a party which caps off the film, to be shot this Saturday, November 4, from 1.30-5pm at the old Belfast Telegraph building on Royal Avenue, Belfast. The former printing press recently hosted a huge night of dance music run by popular promoters Shine.

Arts and community groups are particularly encouraged to participate in the scene, which features a performance by Derry~based artist Glenn Rosborough, who also soundtracks the film.

If the European Capital of Culture bid is successful the two councils will host a year-long programme of events showcasing both cities and the region, resulting in huge benefits.

Producers Nerve Centre were also responsible for Voices which formed part of Derry's successful bid to be the UK's inaugural City of Culture in 2013. They promise it to be a fun day as they aim to show judges how we would make for perfect party hosts come 2023.

Those interested in taking part are asked to email Sorcha Creighton, s.creighton@nervecentre.org. Warm clothing and sensible footwear should also be brought to the shoot. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult and consent is required from a parent or guardian.

Refreshments will also be provided throughout the day. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.

On Friday (October 27) the councils officially submitted the first stage bid ahead of a presentation to an expert panel of judges at the end of November. Over the past several months they've been campaigning for support from the public and have had high profile 'cultural champions' like Carl Frampton, Liam Neeson and Christine Lampard weigh in on why we're ideal candidates.

Almost three and half thousand have put their names to the bid to date by 'pledging' through the WeAre2023 website. The bid team are urging the public to continue doing so as evidence of being the strongest possible contenders as the presentation date approaches, before the shortlist is revealed in December. Watch a short film below created as a thank you for the support so far.

Stay up to date with the bid by following WeAre2023 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.