Derry’s biggest big screen

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - December  7th 2011. ''Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin and the Mayor of Derry, Alderman Maurice Devenney 'switch on the Derry Live Site with pupils from St. Anne's Primary School. Included are Chloe Deery and Joshua Carlin.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - December 7th 2011. ''Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin and the Mayor of Derry, Alderman Maurice Devenney 'switch on the Derry Live Site with pupils from St. Anne's Primary School. Included are Chloe Deery and Joshua Carlin.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

You may have noticed the addition of a large screen television to Waterloo Place recently. The screen entitled ‘Live Derry’ will it is hoped, enable people to enjoy sporting occasions such as the 2012 Olympics and “to contribute to a shared sense of space.”

The site went ‘live’ on Wednesday when Sports and Culture Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín ‘switched on’ the Derry Live Site.

Speaking as the site was switched on, the Minister said: “This is the second live site in the north, which will allow us to come together in celebration to enjoy cultural and sporting events. I am sure that this live site will have as much success as the Belfast live site and bring people together to enjoy events via the big screen.

The Minister highlighted her support for the partnership between Derry City Council, BBC and local cultural organisations who have all worked together to regenerate this part of Derry City Centre.

“The location of the Derry site will help breathe new life into this part of the town.” The Minister added: “I would also like to acknowledge CultureNI, particularly the 30 trainees in the Creative Industries, who have helped to develop content for the site which tells the stories of some of our sporting heroes and showcases some of the world class cultural projects taking place here to celebrate the London 2012 Games.”

David Lewis, Director of Culture NI who provided content for the Big Screen, added: “We are delighted at how the students have responded to the challenge of producing work in a real life digital media environment. The fantastic quality of their work speaks for itself.”