Voices from the audience - local views on the legacy

The Mayor Councillor Martin Reilly, who addressed the Legacy 2013 Conference in the City Hotel on Friday. The conference was attended by over 150 people who shared their views and experiences of the City of Culture year and their ambitions for the future. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 05.07.13

The Mayor Councillor Martin Reilly, who addressed the Legacy 2013 Conference in the City Hotel on Friday. The conference was attended by over 150 people who shared their views and experiences of the City of Culture year and their ambitions for the future. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 05.07.13

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Over 150 people involved in the arts, community and business sectors in Derry gathered at the City Hotel on Friday as part of a Legacy Conference - examining how the city will maximise the long-term potential of its UK City of Culture 2013 title.

The conference looked at the successes of the first six months of the City of Culture, and how to build upon those successes.

Derry’s Mayor, Colr. Martin Reilly, Culture Company Chairman Martin Bradley and Derry City Council’s CEO Sharon O’Connor were among those in attendance, as well as guest speakers Sir Ken Robinson and the BBC’s Peter Johnson. The arts, community and business sector all had a chance to contribute.

Derry’s Mayor, Colr Martin Reilly, said: “We are delighted with the success to date and the significant social and economic benefits we are experiencing as a result.

“We hope that by the continued collective approach in building on that positivity and confidence, we can ensure the second half of the year continues to have a transformational impact so that our city can see a lasting legacy beyond 2013.”

The highlight was the keynote speech by Sir Ken Robinson - a motivational speaker. His talk was engaging, amusing, intelligent and full of good old-fashioned common sense.

In his speech, entitled ‘Leading a Culture of Innovation’, Sir Ken told those gathered: “When people create together and collectively, what they create is a culture.”

Citing rock & roll as a prime example of something happening regardless of planning or preparation, he also said “Like most good ideas, it just took off. The challenge is not to give people ideas, but to create conditions where ideas flourish.”

Martin Bradley, Chairman of the Culture Company, said: “There is a real sense of pride and confidence that comes across when you are talking to people and I think that will be an important legacy when this year is over.”

Sharon O Connor, CEO and Town Clerk of Derry City Council said the purpose of the conference was to provide an update on the success of the City of Culture year to date and to reiterate the promises set out in the bid and how the city is achieving those goals.

Have your say on Derry’s legacy - phone Derry City Council on: 71 365151 or email: Oonagh.mcgillion@derrycity.gov.uk.