The Celtic Media Festival has opened in Derry.
The Festival is an annual three-day celebration to promote Celtic language and culture on screen and in broadcasting was officially opened in Derry yesterday by Junior Minister Martina Anderson.
Speaking at the 33rd Celtic Media Festival, which runs from 18–20 April, the Minister said this year’s location was particularly fitting as Derry will host the City of Culture in 2013.
Junior Minister Anderson said: “It is a tremendous honour for us to host The Celtic Media Festival as it complements and builds upon the creative spirit of the people of Derry. Our vision and creativity is legendary and our hospitality second to none so we wish you a very successful festival.”
The Festival aims to promote the languages and cultures on screen and broadcasting from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man.
“I have no doubt this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever and will help add to the growing reputation of the North West as at attractive tourism destination. I would encourage visitors, particularly those coming to the city and county for the first time, to explore some of the many of the attractions which the region has to offer.
“We are delighted to welcome the Festival back after an 18 year absence as it is recognition of the regeneration and transformation of the city as well as an opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent we have in the creative industries here,” added Minister Anderson.
More information is available online at the festival web site