Once again, the spotlight will shine on Derry this week when Joe Mahon returns with the second in his fantastic new UTV series, ‘Lesser Spotted Culture’.
The second instalment of the series, which highlights events for Derry’s year as City of Culture and also explores its history, culture and heritage, will be broadcast this coming Thursday, February 28, at 9pm on UTV.
In this programme, Joe sees in the Chinese New Year and attends the Epic Awards - a celebration of creative arts at the Verbal Arts Centre, where he experiences Japanese Taiko drumming and Spanish flamenco dancing.
UTV broadcaster, Sarah Travers joins Joe this week in what will be a regular slot at the end of each Lesser Spotted Culture programme. She will look at event highlights in the month ahead.
In his travels around the city, Joe also takes in art installation, Him and Her by Candice Breitz, featuring the work of Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, in the city’s Void Gallery. He chats to gallery manager, Maoliosa Boyle about the gallery playing a central role in staging the Turner Prize later this year.
Joe returns to a place he touched on in the first programme - Ebrington - where site manager, Alan Armstrong, takes him on a tour of Ebrington’s past as a military barracks. ‘Lesser Spotted Culture’ also stops by the Rath Mor Centre, where Joe talks to the people behind the Portrait of a City project, compiled from the family photographs and videos of local people.
‘Lesser Spotted Culture’ is on UTV this Thursday, February 28, at 9pm.