A new daily Radio Foyle programme focusing on the city’s year as City of Culture will broadcast for the first time next Monday.
‘Pure Culture’ , presented by Michael bradley and Sarah Brett, promises an eclectic mix of previews, reviews, and live performance, covering the whole cultural spectrum from high-brow to low-key and mass appeal.
Larry Deeney, editor of the Derry station says the half hour programme, which goes out every weekday, “will become the spine of BBC Northern Ireland’s coverage in this remarkable year.”
“The new Pure Culture programme will live and breathe all the cultural activity taking place here in the north west, broadcasting live every weekday morning.
“This is an unprecedented time for the city and the north west and we are excited at the prospect of bringing all that colour and celebration to our listeners – and getting them involved too,” he said.
Seven local artists - Ruth McGinley, Best Boy Grip, Paul Casey, Margaret Keys, Donal Doherty and the Codetta Choir, Eilidh Patterson and piper Brian Stafford - have also created a new ‘jingle’ for the show while a dedicated website, bbc.co.uk/cityofculture, has also been launched.
Pure Culture’s presenters say the show will be the place to keep up to date with all things City of Culture.
Michael Bradley says: “Already 2013 has been brilliant so this new programme will give us the opportunity to look in more detail at what’s still to come – reviewing, previewing and hearing from the artists themselves. We’re also going to get the views of the audiences, with instant reaction and more considered opinion.
“Listeners will also hear live music from those artists who are kind enough - and awake enough - to perform in the studio or at some of the venues across the city which we will be connecting with.
“I really want to hear what people are looking forward to seeing this year – in fact we’re thinking of having a regular feature called ‘What I’m Looking Forward To Seeing’ – although, admittedly, we might have to come up with a snappier title.”
Sarah Brett says: “I’m being asked to celebrate culture here every day until the end of the year with an Undertone - now that’s a great gig! I’m excited for our listeners, too, because they’ll be getting all the information they need to make the most out of this year.
“The selection of events is vast and we’ll try our best to bring the pick of the bunch to people so they don’t miss a thing.”
Pure Culture will air for the first time at 10am on May 6