Sons and Daughters Live

Sons and Daughters Live – Viewers in Derry and Donegal will be able to watch the Sons and Daughters Concert on Sunday night via the red button on their tv.

Sons & Daughters, the opening concert and first major celebration of 2013, will be recorded on Sunday night at The Venue, Ebrington, to be shown on BBC One Northern Ireland on Saturday, January 26 at 10.30pm.

However television viewers can tune in on the night as the concert will be available live on the red button.

The concert can be accessed from 8pm by activating the red button and following the links to ‘Sons and Daughters’.

Those featuring in the line-up include Phil Coulter, Nadine Coyle, Gary Lightbody and Johnny McDaid (snow patrol) playing acoustic, Paul Brady and Neil Hannon.

Also appearing will be Dana, Damian McGinty, The Priests, Gerard McChrystal, Amanda Burton, James Nesbitt, Eva Birthistle, Codetta, SOAK, Mairead Carlin, The Wonder Villains, Best Boy Grip and Maeve McGinley.

The concert will reflect on the city’s cultural achievements through music, word and song. It will also be live on BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle co-presented by Marie-Louise Muir and Mark Patterson from 7.30pm.

Lesser Spotted Culture

Lesser Spotted Culture – UTV will run a series of 12 special one hour programmes entitled Lesser Spotted Culture, produced and presented by Joe Mahon of Westway Productions, which will be shown on UTV starting mid January to mark Derry-Londonderry’s year as City of Culture in 2013.

In each monthly programme, Joe Mahon, the host of UTV’s popular, long-running series, Lesser Spotted Ulster will explore events with particular significance or resonance for the city – in terms of its own unique history, heritage and culture.

The first episode of the series will air in January – featuring coverage of the opening events and a flavour of what is to come in the months ahead. This will include ‘The Music Promise’ where every child in the city will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument; ‘ Portrait of a City’ which will provide one of the most ambitious digital archives of a community ever conceived and a tour of some of the city’s most outstanding architectural features – new and old.

Speaking at the launch in Custom House Restaurant, Joe Mahon said: “Lesser Spotted Culture will adopt a relaxed, entertaining but always respectful approach when talking to local people and internationally renowned artists alike.

“A fabulous line-up of artistic and cultural activities has been planned for this year, many of them of international importance and prestige. Our series will highlight some of these events and put them in the context of the history, culture and natural environment of the city and surrounding areas.

“Events like The Turner Prize, the Field Day premieres and the All-Ireland Fleadh will be hugely popular but, underlying the glamour and glitter of such highlights, there will be a range of activities that emanate from the indigenous culture of the city. In the longer term, they may prove to be no less important in terms of the legacy they leave behind. Our series will ensure that this, ‘lesser spotted’ culture gets its fair share of the limelight.”

Michael Wilson, Managing Director of UTV Television said:
“UTV’s relationship with Joe Mahon and Westway Productions goes back to 1996 and demonstrates our continued commitment to local programming and the independent production sector in Northern Ireland.

“Lesser Spotted Ulster is one of the most popular series ever shown on UTV, so to take it off air for a year while Joe produces and presents Lesser Spotted Culture shows just how much UTV want to support Derry-Londonderry as it celebrates this special year.

“We are confident that Lesser Spotted Culture will prove equally captivating and appealing for our viewers. There is a wonderful programme of events planned and nobody better placed than Joe to uncover the gems of this year for our audiences on TV, online and on the go, via our new app which we will be launching in 2013.”

Shona McCarthy Chief Executive, The Culture Company 2013 said: “Lesser Spotted Culture is a fantastic platform to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the city, and the diverse cultural offer, especially next year during our year as UK City of Culture. Further to the great success of Lesser Spotted Ulster, we are thrilled to be partnering with UTV and Joe Mahon to deliver a wonderful series, and couldn’t think of a better person than Joe, a son of the city, to take the lead. It will undoubtedly be a highlight on the 2013 monthly calendar, and I for one will be tuning in. ”

City of Culture Animation

City of Culture Animation

The programme for City of Culture was announced on 25th October.  Derry’s world-class culture programme next year will attract internationally renowned and respected artists while also involving local artists and non-artists in the creation of new works, promised organisers at yesterday’s launch.

Speaking at the Ebrington launch, Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of Culture Company 2013, said:
We will both bring amazing and create amazing work in and to the city and the hope is that as many people as possible can get involved for free. We have tried to guarantee that every single person gets the opportunity to be inspired, and to participate in free cultural and artistic events.

City of Culture Animation

Thia video was produced by the Nerve Centre and shows highlights of Derry~Londonderry’s year as UK City of Culture 2013, including the Turner Prize, Primal Scream, Luminaire Light Festival, Music Promise and Colmcille Pageant. music from Gary Curran of The Japanese Popstars

Download the full programme at this link

Derry Journal Move to New Offices

Derry Journal Move to New Offices

End of an era as the Derry Journal turns over new page

The last edition of the Derry Journal to be published on the Buncrana Road
One of the oldest newspapers in the world is turning over a new page with a change of premises.

The Derry Journal is leaving the Buncrana Road in the city after over 40 years, and moving to new offices at Pennyburn Pass less than a mile away.

It is only the third time the Journal has moved offices in 240 years.

The first offices were in Shipquay Street where the Richmond Centre is now.

Editor, Martin McGinley, started with the Journal in 1980 and said the paper, like the industry is unrecognisable from that time.

“I was a cub reporter. People might have recognised the newsroom from old films, it was very much like that.

“I sat down to a manual typewriter, I thumped out the story. You took your story and you folded it over and because it was on paper hoped you had a good thick bunch to bring into the editor.”

The Derry Journal holds perhaps the most important archive on the history of the North West and Mr McGinley said experience has taught them to be extremely careful when moving it.

“We will be packing up the archives very carefully today because one of the things that happened when we moved in 1970 from Shipquay Street was that there was an accident and a lot of glass negatives were actually broken, so extra care will be taken with this move.”

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Clipper Derry-Londonderry

Clipper Derry-Londonderry

There was a continental atmosphere along Derry’s quays over the past few days. The weather held up well and people turned out in their thousands to see the boats and meet friends along the riverside. On Friday night visitors were delighted to see a spectacular fireworks display.

With Race 14 starting 7th July, the crew taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Race have been using the final few days on dry land to make sure they experience everything Derry-Londonderry has to offer.

Last night crew members of all ten yachts competing in the race attend the ‘Legenderry’ Concert which saw The Undertones headline.

The band from Derry-Londonderry performed to a ‘sell-out’ crowd which had snapped up all 10,000 free tickets. But stars of the show were definitely the crew of the Derry-Londonderry yacht who were introduced on stage to huge cheers.

“Being on stage in front of so many people was absolutely unbelievable,” explains skipper of the Derry-Londonderry yacht, Mark Light.

“The welcome into Derry-Londonderry has been spectacular and we’re all very proud of this city and the local people should be too!”

Race 14, to Den Helder, Netherlands, starts 7th July 1700 local time at Greencastle following a departure ceremony at Foyle Marina in Derry-Londonderry starting at 1130.

The penultimate race of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race is an 800-mile sprint that will see the fleet head north over the top of the British Isles before heading towards their destination of Den Helder.

The Clipper 11-12 Race will finish in Southampton on 22 July 2012.

Clipper Derry-Londonderry – Follow the Race

City of Culture Programme

City of Culture Programme

Snow Patrol, Cliff Richard, Bonnie Raitt and David Tennant are among the stellar names lined up to perform in Derry during its year as culture capital.

The 2013 City of Culture draft events programme, published today for the first time, features a wide range of events across the cultural spectrum.

Among the many highlights are two open air Snow Patrol gigs. The Bangor rockers are pencilled in for July 21.

In January, Derry’s ‘Sons and Daughters’, including The Undertones and Phil Coulter, feature in the first major music event of the city of culture year, that will also link in with a global flash mob event bringing together the city’s diaspora.

City of Culture Programme
Christy Moore and special guests will perform at Ebrington in April, while a special Derry Feis nostalgia event, featuring Fearghal Sharkey, Nadine Coyle and Roma Downey, is scheduled for the same month.

Jools Holland, Courtney Pine and Van Morrison are lined up for the 2013 Jazz Festival while also in May there are plans to host one of Europe’s “biggest weekend music Festivals” at Ebrington and St Columb ‘ s Park.

In June Phil Coulter brings his friends, Damian McGinty, Moya Brennan and Cliff Richard to Ebrington and in September Paul Brady will be joined by Bonnie Raitt and Mark Knopfler at a similar concert.

Other musical highlights include Teenage kicks – a stage musical about teen lust and love set to the music of Derry’s favourite musical sons. An Undertones tribute concert is also planned for November next year.

In sport, Derry City and Institute are lined up to face top teams from the English Premier League and Spain’s La Liga, Ulster will also play a game in the city next year, while GAA, including a number of Ulster finals, also features on the programme.

Film Lovers can look forward to a special event that will set the films of Steven Spielberg to a live score performed by the London Symphony Orchestra in March, while stars of the Royal Ballet will also visit the city for the first time in March.

Former Dr Who David Tennant explores his ancestral roots in a one man play written by Andy Hinds. Three new plays by Field Day, produced by Stephen Rea are also lined up.

Peace One Day Concert

Peace One Day Concert
Imelda May, Newton Faulkner, Guillemots and Wonder Villains are the first acts confirmed for Derry’s Peace One Day Concert.

The concert – scheduled for June 21 at the revamped Ebrington Square parade ground – is produced by Jeremy Gilley, the founder of the Peace One Day movement for a global ceasefire, and is the opening concert of the London 2012 festival.

He said: “We’re so excited to be opening the London 2012 Festival in Derry-Londonderry. The concert marks the three-month countdown to Peace Day 2012 – the focus of our Global Truce 2012 campaign; we hope Peace Day 2012 will be the largest reduction of global violence ever recorded on one day.

“This day is as much about non-violence in our schools, our homes, workplace and local communities as it is about ceasefire on the international stage. Everyone has a role to play.”

More acts are expected to be confirmed for the Derry gig in the coming days.

Peace One Day Concert
Chief Executive of Derry’s Culture Company Shona McCarthy says the Peace One Day concert is a “fantastic opportunity for a joyous celebration in Derry.”

“We were aiming for a quality music line-up that people of all ages could enjoy at an affordable price. It’s great to have top artists performing here in the city,” she says.

“The ethos of Peace One Day resonates with the themes of the City of Culture project, we listened to the ideas put forward by our young people and matched those with a few of our own. The concert will allow us to show the world an early taste of the kind of events that Derry Londonderry will have to offer during 2013.

Tickets for the concert will be available shortly from and from Cool Discs and the Ticketmaster booth in Foyleside Shopping Centre.

Culture Tech Festival Derry

Culture Tech Festival Derry
We’re extremely excited to announce the launch of Culture Tech, a four-day festival of digital culture and technologies taking place August 29th to September 1st, 2012 in Derry-Londonderry. Over four days attendees can expect a phenomenal line-up of keynote speakers, workshops, digital arts installations, live music events and special film screenings. It’s set to be the biggest and most exciting digital event in NI this year, with an estimated 500+ conference delegates and over 8,000 members of the public involved in various events across the city centre.

Updated: Tues 21st August > here is link to pdf brochure

As of today we’ve released around 20% of the total line-up and will be announcing a new act or speaker every day for the next 18 weeks in the run- up to the festival. Tickets cost just £49 for the full four days, including all events and parties, with discounts for students (£29 each) and group bookings (from £25 each).

And if you book your tickets by Friday, April 27th you can get them for just £39 – that’s less than £10 per day.

We’re also keen to hear from anyone interested in getting involved through:

Group ticket sales
Speaking opportunities
Content partnerships
Marketing / media partnerships
Simply email to learn more and we’ll look forward to seeing you in August.

Mark Nagurski and the Culture Tech team.

Derry Fleadh 2013

Derry wins bid to host the All-Ireland fleadh. Members of the central executive of traditional Irish music body Comhaltas met in Dublin to decide the venue on Saturday.

Sligo was also in the running to host the fleadh. Ennis had withdrawn its bid. The festival attracts up to 300,000 visitors and is worth about 40m euros to the host venue.

Comhaltas promotes traditional Irish music and culture around the world.

Derry, which will be UK City of Culture 2013, was a late confirmation on the shortlist after the Ulster Council of CCE reversed its decision not to support the bid.

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