Derry’s Walls are buzzing with free events this summer

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - August 5rd 2011.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - August 5rd 2011.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

From Happy Enchiladas to Seafood Markets, Derry’s Walls are buzzing with free events this summer.

The Summer Animation programme which is supported by Derry City Council’s Development Department is an exciting mix of street theatre, top class music, storytelling and interactive workshops within and around the city’s historic walls throughout the summer months.

Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas, The Grin, Henry Girls, Shahy, Jamie Noonan and Ceoltoira Oga are among the musical acts playing the Guildhall Square over summer weekends. Local craft, theatre and performance events on The City Walls, Double Bastion, Grand Parade and Craft Village create a great opportunity for both visitors and locals alike to experience the city at its very best.

Praising the Summer Animation programme Mayor Maurice Devenney said: “Sometimes we forget how special our city’s walls are. The Summer Animation programme makes the best of the walls and really shows them off, in turn the walls provide a unique and interesting stage for events.

“The programme is great for visitors to the city as they get to see and experience all this wonderful local talent and history together – but it is also great for locals, young and old alike as there is something to do and see every day throughout the summer months in the city centre.”

Organisers say the programme has something to offer all ages and provides plenty of opportunities to join in and be part of the action.

Mondays and Wednesdays see craft demonstrations and workshops from local and visiting craft artists in the Craft Village from 12noon- 4pm.

Dance, drama and storytelling events show off local cultural traditions, you are invited to step back in time with the living history programme and have a laugh with a host of characters wandering the walls.

Irish Walled Towns Day’s Seafood Market, Culture Night and Make Tea and Tell- The Craft Guerrilla’s bumper celebration of crafts at the August bank holiday weekend all compliment a programme of local festivals celebrating summer in the city centre.

Details of the Summer Animation programme are available from Derry City Council on 028 71 376506 or Derry Visitor Information Centre on 028 71 267284 or visit http://www.derrycity.gov.uk/EconomicDevelopment/Tourism-Development/SummerAnimation