Potential culture year backers told of ‘massive opportunities’

Pictured left to right are: Robin Newton MBE MLA - Chair NI Assembly Business Trust, Colm O'Neil, CEO BT Ireland, Shona McCarthy, CEO Culture Company 2013, Martin Bradley, Chair Culture Company 2013 and Junior Minister Martina Anderson MLA.
Pictured left to right are: Robin Newton MBE MLA - Chair NI Assembly Business Trust, Colm O'Neil, CEO BT Ireland, Shona McCarthy, CEO Culture Company 2013, Martin Bradley, Chair Culture Company 2013 and Junior Minister Martina Anderson MLA.

Companies interested in backing Derry’s 2012 City of Culture year have been told of the “massive opportunities that await in the city”.

Derry Sinn Fein MLA Martina Anderson welcomed potential backers for the culture year to a reception hosted at Stormont on Wednesday.

The Junior Minster told potential sponsors of the “innovative and varied programme of events planned throughout 2013 will attract a large number of visitors to the North West”.

“Businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector will benefit and engagement with the Culture Company will help optimise opportunities,” she said.

Ms Anderson said Derry is “now a city of opportunity”.

“The commitment to the transformation of the city is very deep, and this is evident both in the new regeneration plan, One City, One Plan, One Voice and the successful bid for the City of Culture status.

“Another important element is the ongoing investment in the physical infrastructure of the City. OFMDFM, through its sponsorship of Ilex, is providing in excess of £20million work on the Ebrington site.

“With the opening of the new, iconic Peace Bridge in June, Ebrington has become accessible to all parts of the city opening new shared spaces and access to both sides of the river.”

The Derry MLA said both the arts and business sectors will benefit from close working relationships .

“I advise the private sector to look at the massive opportunities that await in the city,” she said.