Walled City Tattoo to bring more than 15,000 to Derry over next four days

Walled City Tattoo Producer James Kee (R) with Site Foreman Aidan Gray on Ebrington Square, which has been transformed into an outdoor arena seating up to 4,000

Walled City Tattoo Producer James Kee (R) with Site Foreman Aidan Gray on Ebrington Square, which has been transformed into an outdoor arena seating up to 4,000

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More than 15,000 people are set to converge on Derry for what the city’s Mayor says will be one of the highlights of the City of Culture year.

Organisers of the inaugural Walled City Tattoo - which runs from tomorrow until Saturday at Ebrington - say there will be a special Derry twist to the pomp, ceremony and grandeur associated with traditional tattoo events.

Director James Kee says the event will be world class.

“I’ve been thinking about a Tattoo in our city for years now.

“To see it finally coming together after months of planning and hard work is amazing. We are all very excited and proud about bringing this event to our city at last and I hope it will be the first of many Tattoos in Northern Ireland.

“Our 15,000-strong audience won’t be disappointed when they see the performances and world class routines.

“We’re bringing together an unforgettable cast of musicians, dancers and actors to entertain the crowds in a production unlike anything ever seen in Northern Ireland.”

Derry’s Mayor Martin Reilly says the event is a “great opportunity for the local community to come along and experience world class drumming and unique musical performances on their doorstep.”

“Ebrington is preparing to host the Walled City Tattoo which will see a 600-strong cast of participants perform music, song, dance and theatre in a unique cultural expression of diversity and culture. It promises to be one of the highlights of our UK City of Culture year,” he says.

As well as more than 30 Highland and Irish dance schools, the tattoo will feature performers from Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Tanzania, the UK, and Ireland, both north and south.

The world’s leading drums corps, Top Secret from Switzerland will give their only UK and Ireland performance this year at the Derry event, while the line-up also includes The Crossed-Swords Pipe Band, Afrikan Warriors, Sontas, and brass and melody flute bands.

More information is available online at www.walledcitytattoo.com