02 July 2005

Live 8 concert screened in city


Live 8 concerts hope to tackle world poverty

The BBC is screening a Live 8 concert broadcast in Belfast on Saturday.

A 40-metre screen in Custom House Square, Laganside, will beam out the London charity concert.

The BBC hopes to enable audiences to text messages in to the broadcast and to a special website and swap messages with other screen sites.

The London concert is one of 10 Live 8 gigs taking place on Saturday - one in each of the G8 nations, one in South Africa and a smaller gig in Cornwall.

On Friday, a series of events to highlight Northern Ireland's solidarity with the poorest nations of the world were staged.

A giant white band was stretched around one of the tallest buildings in Belfast - the Riverside BT Tower.

Another measuring 150 metres was wrapped around the Lanyon building at Queen's University.

Saturday's concerts have been timed to coincide with the G8 summit of world leaders in Scotland on 6 July and will call for more aid for Africa, debt cancellation and fairer trade.

A further concert will take place on 6 July in Edinburgh as the summit begins.

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