Cyclists of all ages and abilities will be urged to get on their bike at this year’s Walled City Music festival during a unique event designed to coincide with the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Over one hundred cyclists are expected to take part in an open-air performance by whistling, singing and ringing their bells en route to Derry’s Guildhall on Sunday 20th July as part of the Sound of Sport programme within the festival.
The cyclists will include the Foyle Cycling Club and the RNIB’s Tandem Club as they take part in a special performance of ‘Eine Brise’ or ‘Breeze’ by composer Mauricio Kagel. This will be the first time the piece will be performed in Ireland
The festival’s Community & Outreach Officer, Alice Lewis, said, “We’re really excited to bring this event to the streets of Derry. Young and old are invited to join the fun and be part of this collective music-making on wheels! We’ll assemble at 10.30am on Sunday 20th July at Sainsbury’s café before setting off along the river and finishing up at the Guildhall. If you’re interested just email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to register.”
The Walled City Music Festival has received funding from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Vicki Kennedy, from the National Lottery, said, “Forget the Tour de France; people in Derry will have the unique opportunity to hear the Sounds of Sport with this marvellous piece of innovative music involving cyclists. The Walled City Music Festival continues to produce and promote must-see musical events and 2014 is no exception.
“National Lottery players can be proud to have helped fund such a fantastic festival.”
Sound of Sport events are also programmed for Saturday 19 July with an afternoon of music and sporting activities at the Sports Hall, University of Ulster, Magee. Aimed at families, sports and music lovers this free, fun afternoon runs from 12 noon until 4.15pm at the Sports Hall, Magee and will include table-tennis, karate, archery and art workshops.
Walled City Music festival runs from Friday 18 July until Saturday 26 July.
Entry to the Sound of Sport events is free while tickets to other events are on sale now from Millennium Forum Box Office on 028 7126 4455 or online at www.millenniumforum.co.uk.