Banksy said: “I loved the Tropicana as a kid, so getting to throw these doors open again is a real honour. “I hope everyone from Weston will take the opportunity to once more stand in a puddle of murky water eating cold chips to the sound of crying children.” The new show, named Dismaland in a swipe at Disneyland, is built around a twisted ‘bemusement park’ theme, and follows months of top-secret planning and installation work. The exhibition will include 10 never-before-seen pieces from Banksy himself, all along thought-provoking themes and displaying his trademark controversial edge.
Altogether, the exhibition includes pieces from more than 50 artists from 17 different countries – including work from the likes of Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty. Thousands of people are expected to flock to Weston from around the world to take in the show, which will run for six weeks from tomorrow (Friday). Demand for the 4,000 tickets per day – with viewing sessions scheduled from 11am-6pm and 7-11pm – is expected to be sky-high. Tickets must be bought in advance via a new website – www.dismaland.co.uk – which just went live today.
What will be at Dismaland?
Among the exhibits will be: * A Cinderella’s Castle showing what it is like to be a ‘real princess’. * A hand-crafted model village created by Jimmy Cauty. * Giant pin-wheel commissioned by Banksy. * A Punch and Julie exhibition by Julie Burchill with references to Jimmy Savile and Fifty Shades Of Grey. * Circus tent. * Jeffrey Archer Memorial Fire Pit.
However, tomorrow’s opening day is reserved for an exclusive showing for locals only, running from 11am-3pm. Just 1,000 tickets will be available for this launch, and they are being made available exclusively to Mercury readers – and they are free. A voucher in this week’s edition of the paper can be exchanged for a ticket – in the form of a unique wristband – on a first come, first served basis from a Mercury-branded beach hut near to the Tropicana from 9am tomorrow (Friday). There are strict conditions attached, however, to ensure that these coveted bands do not end up in the hands of touts. The adhesive wristbands are non-transferable, and will be placed onto wrists at the point of exchange. This will be done on a strict basis of one person, one voucher, one wristband. Under no circumstances will additional wristbands will be handed out to take away. Crucially, people must bring ID – such as a passport or utility bill – to prove they live in North Somerset.
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