Culture legacy plans revealed by minister

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Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced a three year programme to ensure a positive legacy of the City of Culture celebrations.

The minister made the announcement at the Gasyard Centre on Wednesday when she unveiled a range of initiatives to continue the momentum of the City of Culture year.

Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin reveals her three year legacy plan to build on the success of City of Culture with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Music Promise student Rebecca Mulhern on Wednesday at the Gasyard Centre. (DER4714PG060)

Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin reveals her three year legacy plan to build on the success of City of Culture with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Music Promise student Rebecca Mulhern on Wednesday at the Gasyard Centre. (DER4714PG060)

Ms Ní Chuilín said that £2 million has been approved for legacy projects in the current financial year and that she will call on the Executive to make more money available next year.

She also announced that a limited company with charitable status will be set up to deliver the legacy programmes and that the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure will open a permanent office in Derry to work with the new body.

The minister also confirmed that the new body will be independent of any existing groups involved in delivering City of Culture projects and that she would oversee the process of appointments to the new body.

Other legacy projects announced by the minister include the continuation of the Music Promise and Portrait of a City initiatives. She added that Other Voices will return to the city in February 2014.

Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin reveals her three year legacy plan to build on the success of City of Culture at the Gasyard Centre on Wednesday. (DER4714PG061)

Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin reveals her three year legacy plan to build on the success of City of Culture at the Gasyard Centre on Wednesday. (DER4714PG061)

Ms Ní Chuilín also said a mobile marquee will be bought which will allow communities across the city to host cultural events in their own neighbourhoods.

“2013 was not a one-off but the start of a long upward trend for Derry,” the minister said.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness also spoke at the launch. He said: “It has been an extraordinary time and the best is yet to come.”