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Are we expecting too much?

14 June 2014; Billy Collins, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare, Team Leinster, right, hands the shuttlecock to Scott Fell, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Eastern Region, during their Division 8 Badminton match. Special Olympics Ireland Games, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.  Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

14 June 2014; Billy Collins, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare, Team Leinster, right, hands the shuttlecock to Scott Fell, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Eastern Region, during their Division 8 Badminton match. Special Olympics Ireland Games, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

There’s been much talk of legacy following last year’s huge City of Culture celebrations, as we all wait with bated breath to see the fruits of our labour from last year.

Up to now, almost halfway through the year that followed, it’s fairly clear that the people of Derry have been underwhelmed.

The highly-fêted Music Promise, upon which so much emphasis was placed for our original winning bid, seems to have gone by the wayside - and funding is not forthcoming to keep it alive.

It seems a shame that the talent so brilliantly nurtured in 2013 will be allowed to go to the wayside in 2014, and that my own children will not get to reap the advantages of such a scheme given they are still just 3-years and 11-months old.

I joked to many when I was expecting Lucy that she would be a ‘Culture Baby’. Born smack-bang in the middle of the glorious 2013 celebrations, it was an accolade I felt she deserved.

But if she’s not going to be given the chance to nurture a musical talent she may (or may not!) possess then it seems that label will be very premature.

It rankles with me that this particular section of our stint as City of Culture has disappeared, and with it our future talent.

How do we keep up the mantle and prove our worth if there’s nothing to sustain it?

But then, where do we showcase such talent? The Millennium Forum, Playhouse and the Waterside Theatre are all worthy theatres, with great credentials, but there’s no escaping the huge section of land at Ebrington that now stands empty with the removal of The Venue.

Its ability to seat large numbers for bigger acts is now gone forever.

Although the announcement that MTV are to bring a two-day festival here shortly is proof that Ebrington as a space can stand alone without the behemoth as a functioning venue, it still breaks my heart to think of the money we wasted on a tent that no longer exists.

Furthermore, while the Clipper Festival rolls into town next weekend and does its bit to buoy up the spirits of Derry’s residents, there is still the reluctant grumble that 2014 has not lived up to expectations.

So I wonder, is it maybe that our expectations are just too high following such an amazing year. Perhaps we are suffering from ‘spoiled child syndrome’ - where nothing can ever seem to please.

Working in the media I’m lucky to have the first glance at what’s happening where, and when, and in recent weeks there has been a lot out there to see and do.

Maybe we just aren’t getting off our backsides to see it now that it’s not tarted up in City Of Culture colours.

*Ellen Barr is away

 

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