Derry’s Guildhall will be buzzing next month when the city hosts a major gathering of beekeepers for the first time.
The Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers’ annual Beekeepers Gathering and Honey Show will take place on September 28 and is part of the unique Culture of Bees & Us Project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Arts Council .
Derry’s Mayor Martin Reilly said he was delighted the city was playing host to such a significant event.
“It’s fantastic news that the city is hosting a conference and show of this significance.
“We are delighted that it is taking place in the Guildhall and that beekeepers and honey enthusiasts from all over Northern Ireland and the wider region will be coming to the city to participate. It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase the city and encourage more people to find out more about the skill of beekeeping and the huge benefits and uses of honey.”
Billy Chambers, chairperson of Derry’s Bee Association says funding of just under £10,000 from the Big Lottery will also see a range of arts and culture based programmes, which aim to raise the importance of bees, take place in the city.
“As well as the Bee Keepers Gathering and Honey Show, we have secured funding to run a Schools Education Programme, Creative Writing Programme and Irish Folklore Programme.
“As beekeepers this offers us an opportunity to offer a stimulating yet multi-faceted opportunity to celebrate the City of Culture 2013, through the historical and social wonders of bees and their produce,” he said.
The Culture of Bees &Us Project is a collaborative partnership involving Derry & District Beekeepers, Roe Valley Beekeepers, the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers and Derry City Council.