Undertones musical boosted by Arts Council funds

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A musical featuring the songs of Derry’s finest, The Undertones is among City of Culture projects to be boosted by £1million of Arts Council funding.

The largest ever exhibition of works by the city’s own twice Turner prize nominated artist Willie Doherty and Northern Ireland’s first international contemporary dance festival are also to benefit from the Arts Council funding.

The Undertones musical is to be written and produced by the acclaimed author Colin Bateman, author of Divorcing Jack and the TV series Murphy’s Law.

“Even those too young to remember The Undertones first time around will be familiar with their music,” the author says.

“As a band they captured the mood of a generation and their amazing energy immediately comes back to life when you hear their songs today. They have become synonymous with Northern Ireland and Teenage Kicks will use their distinctive sounds as the starting point to tell a story of the punk generation.”

Bob Collins, Chairman of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said today’s announcement is just a taste of what we can expect from next year’s cultural festivities. “As the first ever UK City of Culture, expectations are high for Derry~Londonderry to deliver an outstanding programme in 2013. Today’s announcement confirms that there will be much to look forward to.

“The Arts Council’s £1million investment will be used to support local arts organisations to deliver new projects worthy of international attention.

“The arts are helping to transform our image and show the world what we already know, that we have some of the best artists right here in Northern Ireland. City of Culture 2013 is an opportunity to celebrate that and showcase their work to global audiences.”

Martin Bradley, Chair of Culture Company 2013 commented: “This latest investment is great news for the city and for next year’s much anticipated cultural programme.

“The three top class events that have been announced today give an indication of the Arts Council’s commitment to our celebrations in 2013. To invest a sum of £1million in City of Culture shows the faith that the Arts Council has in Culture Company’s ability to deliver the fantastic full programme of events that we are looking forward to announcing on October 25th.”