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.”
Mrs. McCarthy also stressed that the programme was very much a first edition and that the organisers plan a major addition “every week.” The chief executive added: “We hope that Derry~Londonderry’s City of Culture year brings a sense of joy, a sense of ambition, a sense of pride in our community, a sense of being part of a global community, and in the end a sense of achievement, that we all did this together and it meant something.”
Mayor of Derry, Councillor Kevin Campbell added: “The City of Culture year will transform our city and region. The range of contemporary music, dance, theatre, arts and performance events will link our diverse communities in programmes of celebration. The exciting programme of events scheduled for 2013 will encourage, develop and showcase our amazing cultural talent to the world and lay the foundations for economic prosperity for years to come.”
Welcoming the programme, Culture Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín said: “2013 promises to be a momentous year for Derry and for this part of Ireland. Derry is ready to embrace this opportunity and to showcase Ireland’s rich culture and heritage on the local and international stage.”
Gerry Anderson MC at the event added: “Today shows that Derry has overcome, we have overcome those people who said that we could not do this.”