Co. puts £2m to culture events in legacy plans

Status Quo Drummer, Jeff Rich teaches St Brigid's PS pupil, Sarah Smith during a drumming masterclasss held at the school. DER4313SL001
Status Quo Drummer, Jeff Rich teaches St Brigid's PS pupil, Sarah Smith during a drumming masterclasss held at the school. DER4313SL001

Derry City Council has pledged £2m from its own resources towards major City of Culture ‘Legacy’ projects over the next two years.

Chief executive Sharon O’Connor said they’ve earmkared 2014 as a ‘City of Music’ year, and other years will also be themed as a basis for programming.

She said she’s confident that more money will come in from government departments and other agencies and organisations who helped fund City of Culture year.

“Music has been a mainstay of the tremendous year we’ve been having as City of Culture. We want to build on that.

“We can’t reproduce the year we’re having in 2013 - that’s impossible, the resources are not available. We’ll have a more targeted approach, and we’ll work with others.”

Plans include a series of large- and small-scale events during 2014. Depending on funding, “two key music events” will be in the calendar. There will be a family-orientated event early in the New Year, a music festival in February, a bigger St Patrick’s Day Festival and a major outdoor event in the summer.