Double Oscar nominee Jude Law is on his way to Derry as part of a cultural tie in with the 2012 London Olympics.
The Talented Mr Ripley star is one of the driving forces of the Cultural Olympiad, and will attend a major open air concert in Derry’s newly revamped Ebrington site in June 2012.
The Derry concert, to be held on midsummer’s day, will be produced by Jeremy Gilley, the founder of the Peace One Day movement for a global ceasefire.
It is understood the concert will take its inspiration from the Olympics of ancient Greece.
Artist Deborah Warner will also showcase a coastal installation in Derry as part of the Olympiad.
Derry’s mayor Colum Eastwood says the concert will be a massive boost for the city.
“Bringing a major concert, in association with Jeremy Gilley from Peace One Day, to the city and the international partnership with Deborah Warner demonstrates the city’s appeal and its ability to work successfully with regional and international organisations.
“These events will help bring confidence and provide a significant boost for 2012 with a fantastic lead-up to City of Culture 2013. I also wish to thank Ruth Mackenzie Director of the Cultural Olympiad for her enthusiam and commitment to the city.”
Declan McGonagle, interim chair of Culture Company 2013, says such events “will demonstrate the city’s appeal as a world class location for events and bring together local and international partnerships to deliver a significant international profile for the area and provide rich cultural experiences for the people of the city.”
The Derry concert is among the first to be commissioned for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.