The door closed on the Culture Company offices at Building 71, Ebrington, for the very last time yesterday afternoon.
The team behind last year’s award-winning cultural extravaganza has now been officially wound up and chief executive Shona McCarthy yesterday handed back the keys as staff gathered at their HQ for a final goodbye.
Shona told the ‘Journal’: “It’s been an incredible three years and 2013 was very special from beginning to end. However, for me, the highlight will always be the enormous privilege of working with such a skilled, dedicated and passionate team - without them, it couldn’t have happened and they were at the heart of the city’s success story.”
She added: “Derry~Londonderry always was a cultural city but I like to think that 2013 gave us a chance to turn up the volume and shine. I am very proud of the leadership role that Culture Company played in that. It has been a privilege to do something so ambitious and ground-breaking.”
She says the onus is now on others to build on from 2013.
“It is a bittersweet day for the Culture Company team as we close the doors having delivered on our promise for 2013, but not being part of or sure how the legacy will unfold. This week will see the break up of the teams responsible for delivering the Music Promise and Portrait of a City, ground-breaking projects that we had always identified as key to the legacy, and that is worrying. 2013 made me more certain than ever that Derry’s unique selling point is its cultural wealth and individual and collective creative output - but it will need continued investment in people capable of ambitious and imaginative programming, content and creative learning if it is ever to capitalise on that.”