Derry has revealed its line-up of events for the year ahead. As we all should know by now, Derry has won the esteemed title of “The City of Culture 2013”
Some of the proceedings this year will include a wide range of theatre, music, dance, visual arts, literature, film and events focused on children and young people.
Several components have already been made public, like the fact that art’s Turner Prize will be awarded in the city, the first time this will have happened outside of England.
Music will include a performance from the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, traditional music at the Fleadh in August and the City Music festival in June.
Other events will link amateur musicians in Ulster with the Exit Festival of Serbia to bring music from a number of cities ‘on the edge’ – such as Beirut, Havana, Tel Aviv, Harare and Sao Paolo.
Playhouse proceedings will include productions such as the Conquest of Happiness, linked to the essay on the subject by philosopher Bertrand Russell and The Return of Colmcille, the story of the monk who founded the city of Derry.
Furthermore there will also be the Foyle Film Festival in November, a visit by the Royal Ballet and guided walks along the historic city walls.
During the year of 2012, Derry was listed by “Lonely Planet” as the fourth top city in the world to visit in 2013, one of just two European cities to make the list. The year of culture and everything it promises was described as the clear reason for this, saying it will “buzz throughout the year”.
Speaking about the year ahead, Northern Ireland’s culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin said:
“With such an exciting programme of events to suit everyone’s tastes, the endorsement this week from the Lonely Planet and the sheer dedication to make this happen, Derry City of Culture is not to be missed.”