The exciting programme of events lined up for Derry in its year of culture in 2013 was presented at the Irish Embassy in London last night.
The Irish Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Bobby McDonagh, hosted a special reception at the embassy to celebrate Derry~Londonderry’s world-class programme for UK City of Culture 2013.
The programme – which was unveiled last week – includes the Turner Prize being presented outside England for the first time; a new commission by the London Symphony Orchestra; a production by award-winning choreographer Hofesh Shechter; the return of Field Day; a new play by American playwright Sam Shepard; local Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney; and the first visit to Northern Ireland of the Royal Ballet for over a decade.
There was plenty of local representation last night including Dery saxophonist Gerard McChrystal.
Speaking at the reception, the Ambassador said: “I am delighted to be able to host this event tonight and to support Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013. The programme for next year is exciting and varied and it was a privilege to get a little taster of that this evening. “
Reflecting on the programme, Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of Culture Company 2013, said: “We are grateful to the ambassador for affording us the opportunity to highlight our fantastic programme for 2013. We hope that Derry~Londonderry’s City of Culture year brings a sense of joy, a sense of ambition, a sense of pride in our community, a sense of being part of a global community, and in the end a sense of achievement – that we all did this together and it meant something. A huge success for a small city.”
Mayor of Derry, Cllr Kevin Campbell, said: “The City of Culture year will transform our city and region. The range of contemporary music, dance, theatre, arts and performance events will link our diverse communities in programmes of celebration. The exciting programme of events scheduled for 2013 will encourage, develop and showcase our amazing cultural talent to the world and lay the foundations for economic prosperity for years to come.”