Evaluation into City of Culture year to be finished within weeks

The Return of ColmCille, 2013.
The Return of ColmCille, 2013.

A new report evaluating the impact the City of Culture year back in 2013 is expected to be completed within weeks.

As part of the multi-million letter of offer to fund the programme for 2013, the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) has stipulated that Derry & Strabane Council must complete a Post Project Evaluation.

The evalaution began in June 2015, and is now due to be completed by the end of January 2016.

It will then be presented to both DCAL and the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport in London.

Minister Carál Ní Chuilín’s Department was the main funder for 2013, stomping up £12.3m to fund the City of Culture celebrations, along with a further £6m in legacy funding for the north west.

The Council’s Governance and Strategic Planning Committee, at its December meeting at the Guildhall on Tuesday, was presented with a report which stated that the Evaluation must include detail on outputs, results and impacts, how the money was spent, and how much was spent against what was budgeted for.

It must also conclude whether objectives were met, what benefits have been derived and what lessons have been learnt.

The report states: “The work on the Post Project Evaluation has been ongoing since June and assistance is being provided to Council by the Strategic Investment Board and Ilex in the completion of the analysis and evaluation of the monitoring data.”

The report also states that there were over 400 cultural events in 2013 and that “the city became the focus of positive national and international media coverage”, adding:

“It hosted many major events including the BBC Big [Weekend] Event, the Turner Prize, the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil as well as the Walled City Tattoo and Lumiere Light Festival.”