Spice Girls expo coming to Derry

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An exhibition dedicated entirley to 90’s pop phenomenon the Spice Girls is coming to Derry.

The Spiceworld Exhibition takes up residence in the Tower Museum from August 16, featuring memorabilia from the Spice Girls’ glittering Brit pop career.

The exhibition is expected to be a huge draw for young and old music fans who are interested in viewing some of the iconic items from the band’s whirlwind success story.

The exhibition includes memorabilia, costumes, shoes – including Gerri Halliwell’s Union Jack boots - and other iconic items from their stage and screen performances over the years. It tells the story of how Sporty, Baby, Scary, Posh and Ginger became one of the most successful marketing engines ever and enjoyed phenomenal global success.

The objects have been collected by Spice Girls super-fan Liz West, who has amassed over 4,000 pieces associated with the girls’ phenomenal impact on the world of pop throughout the 90’s.

Tower Museum curator, Chris McGuicken, said the exhibition would appeal to pop fans of all ages. “Traditionally, museums have not been associated with exhibitions about pop music. Today museums are trying harder than ever to reach new audiences, and subject areas like the Spice Girls are likely to become increasingly popular.

“Most people remember the pop charts being dominated by the band throughout the late 90’s, and the fact the Spice Girls have gone on to forge their own successful solo careers makes it an exhibition that is still relevant to younger fans today.”

According to Liz West, the exhibition has been a labour of love since she first became a fan in 1997, as she explained: “Certainly one of the most fascinating aspects of the Spice Girls phenomenon is that they were marketed in nearly every way possible, there were even drinks with their names on. It was the idea that you could almost own a piece of the Spice Girls and consume them in every way.”

The items include shoes and clothing worn by the band, and even unique endorsement products such as Spice Girls dolls. Fans can also view gold and platinum discs awarded in recognition of their multi-million selling albums, as well as some of the front page headlines lauding their success.

The exhibition kicks off in fine style with a free kids costume design workshop next Thursday, August 16. Art facilitator Louise McElhinney will be on hand with plenty of glitter and sequins between 12noon-2pm to help create some unique Brit Pop costume designs. The budding designers will be provided with special templates to draw and colour their own costume creations. Further workshops will run on September 1 and 8.

The exhibition itself will be open to the public from August 16 until October. For more information on the Spiceworld exhibition and other pieces on show at the Tower Museum go to www.derrycity.gov.uk or www.whatsonderrylondonderry.com