Culture Night “only a taster”

Culture Night, which brought thousands out in Derry on Friday night, is just a taster of what’s to come next year, according to the chief executive of the Culture Company Shona McCarthy.

The night market marked 100 days to the start of the city’s City of Culture celebrations in 2013.

Culture Company CEO Shona McCarthy with friends - including 2013 mascot Okey Doke - on Culture Night in Derry, which marked 100 days to the start of the City of Culture year.

Culture Company CEO Shona McCarthy with friends - including 2013 mascot Okey Doke - on Culture Night in Derry, which marked 100 days to the start of the City of Culture year.

Ms McCarthy said: “Culture Night is a timely reminder that Derry-Londonderry is place of inherent cultural vibrancy. It’s serendipitous that it has coincided with 100 days to go until the start of our celebrations in 2013. There’s a real sense of excitement around the city and the atmosphere on Friday night is only a taster of what’s to come next year. The countdown to City of Culture is well and truly underway.”

Culture Night is the brainchild of Derry man Dermot McLaughlin, who heads up the Temple Bar Cultural Trust in Dublin. It now involves cultural venues in 34 towns and cities across Ireland open their doors for a programme of entertainment, discovery and adventure.

Museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres in Derry and far beyond all opened their doors late into the evening welcoming people of all ages all across the country to taste and sample their cultural delights for free on the evening.

To mark the occasion in Derry the 2013 mascot, Oaky Dokes, was around town and could be seen with some of Quay Collective’s models ahead of the Catwalk off the Walls fashion show in the Craft Village. 100 Days to Go was also marked on the big screen at the show which was organised by Joe Carlin Creative Events.