UK City of Culture 2013

Derry~Londonderry made history in July 2010 when it was awarded the inaugural UK City of Culture designation for 2013. Throughout the year Culture Company 2013 has been tasked with delivering an ambitious programme of cultural activities. This adventurous cultural programme has embedded itself in the fabric of the city in so many ways, and will contribute hugely to regenerating the economy of the region and delivering a lasting legacy for the people.

The vibrant shared space at Ebrington has become a hub of cultural activity throughout the year hosting a wide range of events from traditional music and dance to art projects, as well as major outdoor experiences such as the Return of Colmcille story told by Frank Cotrell Boyce, BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend, and the spectacular Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013.

Every area of the arts has enjoyed its own renaissance this year, with ongoing programmes such as Music Promise and the Art in Education project forging a lasting legacy in local schools and community groups for years to come.

The Turner Prize is a key highlight in our Cultural Arts Programme, which seeks to promote engagement with art and artists, nurture talent, and encourage enquiry on a new level. The visual arts are celebrated across the city at a number of venues throughout the Turner Exhibition, offering the chance to view some of the best local work by both emerging and established artists.

On November 28 the city will shine as the spectacular Lumiere festival of light casts its spotlight for four days, featuring a unique display of magical installations that will transform the cityscape from November 28 – December 1.

The London Street Gallery will present a rich showcase of work in all mediums from across the country titled ‘No Jury No Prize’ October 20 – November 6, followed by an exhibition of works from the Arts Council of NI collection of contemporary art.

Throughout November Void Gallery features a collection by renowned Spanish artist Santiago Sierra, whose compelling work exposes situations of exploitation and marginalization, November 9 – December 21.

See a unique installation by renowned Derry artist Locky Morris, who has centred his latest pieces at the heart of the Creggan community. View ‘A Week in Goals’ at the Beechwood Shops from October 3 – December 7.

In addition the Nerve Centre and Matt’s Gallery London will curate Willie Doherty UNSEEN, a major exhibition of photographic and video works by local artist and former Turner nominee Willie Doherty, Sep 27 – January 4.

Finally, throughout the autumn season the Centre for Contemporary Art will host a group exhibition on labour and representation in the 20th, 21st and 22nd century, Momentous Times, featuring works by Colin Darke, Marianne Flotron, Melanie Gilligan, and Hito Steyerl.

The transformation during 2013 has been momentous, an unforgettable journey that has placed the Derry-Londonderry centre stage, as a vibrant city brimming with talent and full of opportunity.