While Sunday’s inclement weather put a halt to performances, Spraoi’s breathtaking performance, All That Glistens on The Mall, was a sight to behold on Saturday evening at Winterval. The three shows left audiences in awe. The focal point was a truly magnificent 12 foot diamond structure illuminated in front of the beautiful backdrop of the House of Waterford Crystal amidst amazing installations created by Spraoi displayed all over The Mall, creating a wonderfully festive atmosphere.
The Mall in Waterford was transformed into a truly alternative winter wonderland of flying-fairies and stilted ice-queens. Spectacle-specialists Spraoi combined circus and Christmas with festive performances of ‘The Diamond’ exclusively for Winterval with aerial performers suspended high from the enchanting, illuminated diamond. The vibrant visual backdrops and installations created the perfect opportunity for amazing family photo-ops.
This was Spraoi’s first time ever performing at Winterval and the large crowds were a testament to their popularity. Silence fell throughout the audience as world class trapeze artists amazed from within The Diamond.
Unfortunately, due to adverse weather conditions the show was unable to go ahead for its scheduled performance on Sunday. Finn Brophy from Waterford City Council said ‘There was over an inch of ice on the stage at around 3pm so we needed to make a call on it then. For the health and safety of the acts and stage crew it couldn’t go ahead’. Unfortunately, The Diamond performance will not be re-scheduled as the artists were brought in from the UK and commissioned to perform on the 9th and 10th only. However, some of the amazing installations from Sproai will remain on The Mall for Winterval, and viewing is highly recommended.
Winterval is Ireland’s Christmas capital with over 45 events and attractions. From this Friday, December 15th, Winterval will open right through to the 23rd, for even more Christmas magic. Booking tickets in advance is recommended so days can be spent exploring our modern-meets-medieval city as we celebrate this most wonderful time of the year. Tickets can be booked through Winterval.ie and the Winterval app.