A new online competition to find Derry’s Cultural Icon and win a Golden Ticket pass for 2013 has uncovered some surprising results so far - forget Hume, Heaney and Coulter - local singer Keith Harkin is winning by a mile!
Billed as ‘the hottest ticket in town’, the lucky winner will gain free entry for two people to a host of the top attractions lined up for 2013, including Hofesh Shechter’s dance and rock spectacular Political Mother: Derry~Londonderry Uncut, RTE’s acclaimed Other Voices, the opening Sons and Daughters concert at The Venue, Teenage Kicks The Musical, the Jazz and Big Band Festival and many more.
It is important to note, however, that the majority of Culture events next year will be free of charge and open to everyone.
To be in with the chance of winning the Golden Ticket, Derry people are asked to vote for their own icon, choosing from a hall of fame which includes acclaimed playwright Brian Friel, Nobel Laureate John Hume, Josef Locke, sporting legends Ken Goodall or Charlie Nash and St Colmcille or indeed, a case can be made for anyone else who fits the bill.
Culture Company 2013 Chief Executive Shona McCarthy said: “A Golden Ticket for next year is an incredible prize for anyone to win. There are so many amazing events happening, the winner will be completely spoilt for choice. Without a doubt, this will be the hottest ticket in town.”
Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone – both locally and across the world – to get involved in the City of Culture celebrations by helping to choose Derry’s cultural icon. In doing so, people will be in with a chance of winning a golden ticket, which guarantees entry to every single event in the 2013 programme.”
To enter simply go to the City of Culture Facebook page and vote for one of the suggested Cultural Icons listed there or nominate someone your own choosing. The first round of voting closes on Sunday, December 16, with the top five icons going forward to second round with voting recommencing on Monday 17 December.
The final closing date for voting is Monday, January 7, and the lucky winner of the Golden Ticket will be announced on Wednesday, January 9.
To get voting go to: www.facebook.com/cityofculture2013.