It’s carnival time as Ilex funds new culture kit

Happy Hallowe'en!  Pictured from left to right, Paul McNaught, DSD, Jim Collins, North West Carnival Initiative and Niall McGurk, Ilex, with volunteers from the North West Carnival Initiative. (1810BM01)
Happy Hallowe'en! Pictured from left to right, Paul McNaught, DSD, Jim Collins, North West Carnival Initiative and Niall McGurk, Ilex, with volunteers from the North West Carnival Initiative. (1810BM01)
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The North West Carnival Initiative has received major new equipment resources thanks to £82,300 of funding from Ilex through the Department for Social Development’s UK City of Culture Capital Infrastructure Fund.

The investment - supported by DSD Minister Nelson McCausland - has provided a new van and equipment to ensure participation of communities in local carnival events.

Ilex’s Cultural Broker Caoimhín Corrigan said the North West Carnival Initiative was now better placed to offer new opportunities in the production of carnival arts across the city.

Derry City Council’s Arts Development Officer, Sharon Meenan said the Initiative had been instrumental in developing skills and supporting local artists towards enhancing both local and large scale cultural celebration throughout the city over the last ten years.

Niall Mc Caughan, North West Carnival Initiative Board Member, also welcomed the funding.

He said: “The new van and equipment will assist in capacity building in the North West, and in this year of City Of Culture will create a lasting legacy for the city.

“The North West Carnival Initiative has played and continues to play a pivotal role in the artistic life of the city, and through this support will continue to reach out to communities as well as enhance major cultural festivals in the city”.