DERRY - LONDONDERRY CITY OF CULTURE 2013
Derry ~ Londonderry is known as Northern Ireland’s second city, it is a city with a big heart and big dreams and has a great story to tell. The city has over 1400 years of history, from its fully intact inner 17th century wall to its new Peace Bridge, which marks a new peaceful beginning for the city and its residents. As the first city in the UK to win the City of Culture title it will shine a spotlight on the City and display its cultural vibrancy to the world throughout 2013 and beyond.
From January to December 2013 there will be art, event and spectacle spilling out from every corner of the city. There are hundreds of free events, thousands of tickets and endless ways to enjoy what Derry has to offer and the Everglades Hotel is the primary location to stay and experience the City.
The Everglades Hotel is located just 5 minutes from Derry City Centre and with its free car parking is the primary location to stay and experience the City of Culture.
HIGHLIGHTS OF DERRY ~ LONDONDERRY CITY OF CULTURE 2013
Fleadh - Festival of Irish Culture, 12th – 18th August 2013
This will be the biggest festival of Irish Culture anywhere in the world. An event of truly historical significance as the Fleadh takes place north of the border for the first time since its foundation in 1951. The seven day event will play host to over 300,000 visitors, as traditional music takes over the streets…there will be pageants, marching bands, ceili brands, concerts and singing. There will also be drama, exhibitions and arts all celebrating Irish culture. This festival will see Derry transformed into one enormous performance space.
Orchestra – At Sixes and Sevens with the London Symphony Orchestra, 3rd July 2013
This event will take place in Derry’s Guildhall and also in London’s Guildhall. To mark the 400th anniversary of the unique relationship between Derry and the City of London, a new music cantata has been commissioned from two of the world’s leading creators, Northern Irish poet Paul Mulden and composer Mark Anthony Turnage. The two concerts will be linked live to one another and broadcast simultaneously. At Sixes and Sevens will be performed by Ireland, The London Symphony Orchestra, soloists, choirs and specially commissioned community ensembles.
Turner Prize 2013, 23rd October – 5th January 2014
This is the first time the award has ever been held outside England. It is arguably the world’s most prestigious award for contemporary art, and presents the very best of current British art in a free exhibition. The Turner Prize is now in its 29th year, the work of the four shortlisted artists in the Turner Prize 2013 exhibition will be displayed at Ebrington Square, the new event and exhibition space on the old Army barracks of the city. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 2nd December 2013. The exhibition is free of charge.
Royal Ballet comes to Derry, 30 – 31st March 2013
Performing selected highlights from the Company’s repertory conducted by Derry born Paul Murphy. Enjoy Acts II and III from Swan Lake, as well as Frederick Ashton’s Meditation from Thais to music from Massenet’s opera of the same name and the pas de deux from the Second Movement of Kenneth Macmillan’s Concerto with music by Dmitry Shostakovich.